Writers talking is mostly overrated, I think.
I mean, if a writer had the personality, skill set, and disposition, to be an incredible public speaker – well – they would have probably been a public speaker.
But in my experience, writers are a skittish lot.
We want to be social, but only from the confines of our living rooms and libraries.
It seems to obvious point out: But a writer who has something to say should be writing.
ThoughI did, as I’ll relate, serve for two years as president of the PEN American Center, I’ve never quite shaken off my feeling that writers in their public-protest mode seem a little silly. If they are good writers, and many were, their pages, their sentences andparagraphs, have a potency that the protests never reach. Nor are they necessarily good describers of the follies they are attempting to alleviate or prevent. Time after time, at such gatherings, I found myself wishing I was just at home, reading the very people who were declaiming away right in front of me.
-Stephen King, On Writing