Friday, November 18, 2011

Storyteller's Journey

                  Tip #5 - Get With It!

What I mean by the phrase, "Get with it!" is as writers we tend to want to hunker down and emerge from our cave when our writing is complete. The only problem with that is when we do emerge the world may have just passed us by.
Staying up on writing, publishing, and technology trends is essential in this day and age of e-publishing. Obviously, many new developments are still in a state of flux - but remaining completely ignorant may bite us in the backside when we do get ready to publish. I don't know about you, but I don't want to look like a deer in headlights if an editor says, "You could self-publish, and then possibly print on demand." We need to know our options before the opportunity to publish is presented to us. We all know how spending too much time  tweeting, blogging, e-mailing, etc. will detract from our writing time. I allow myself one hour each morning to catch up on Facebook, Twitter, E-mails, and the blogs I follow. After that if I'm not finished, I make a list on a sticky note, attach it to my laptop, and tend to it the next day - or maybe that evening. Whatever the level of your interest in publishing and technology; we all need to be informed. Remember: "There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action."
                                             Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

1 comment:

  1. Great point. It's often difficult to find a balance. I post my blogposts on Wednesday, and then do my blog visiting the rest of the morning (coupla hours). Then I spend another hour or so on the weekend. And like you said, there's Twitter and FB too, and emails... Whew--we have to have time to write!!