How Technology Has Changed a Writer’s Life #writers #writerslife

 

  1. Thanks to technology writers are now able to write in a number of formats; blogs, tweets, posts, electronic books etc.
  2. Technology allows the writer to get instant feedback from readers on their work and….all the world gets to see it at the same time. Yay! Not like back in the day where you would have received a handwritten letter from an unhappy reader pointing out all your writing issues in the comfort of your own home.
  3. Technology allows readers and writers to connect. E-books and E Readers make it possible for readers to access writers from around the world.
  4. Technology has removed a writer’s reliance on correction fluid (Tippex). With a laptop there is no need to reach for that little white brush and coat your paper in a white crust. Sigh! Β Now you just press delete and smile.
  5. Technology means that you don’t have to spend hours at the library, knee deep in reference books and black & white photocopies. Now you just open up Google and away you go.
  6. Technology can be a distraction for the modern writer. Back in the day it was just you, your typewriter, correction fluid, dictionary and snazzy pencil case. Now it is you, your laptop, phone, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, emails and texts.
  7. Technology means a writer can communicate with other writers in a matter of seconds. There is no need to whip out the posh paper, pen a lengthy letter on how much your latest story sucks, stick it in an envelope, lick, apply soggy stamp, race to the end of the road, post and then wait two to three weeks for a response. Now you just tweet a couple of words, add in a hashtag, an emoji or two and wait for your writer friend to react.
  8. Technology means anyone can write a book. Self publishing also gives those writers rejected by publishers the chance to pursue their literary dreams.
  9. Technology means readers can share a writer’s work with their friends, social media following or online community. A writer’s work is no longer just distributed via a bookshop.
  10. Technology can bring added pressures and stress to a writer’s life. Social media prowess is now becoming a ‘must have’ skill for any writer.
  11. Technology brings writers to life. They are no longer the face in the photo at the back of the book. Through social media they can be brought to life and readers can get a feel for their life, their personality, beliefs, eating habits, exercise routine and fashion sense – sigh!
  12. Back in the day we didn’t have to worry about laptop chargers or issues with low batteries. You just sat down and wrote. Thanks to technology writers can now spend a good half hour before they write looking for their laptop / tablet charger.

If anyone would like to offer anymore thoughts please leave them in the comments box πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

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45 thoughts on “How Technology Has Changed a Writer’s Life #writers #writerslife

  1. Technology means you can look like a real whizz at the writing/publishing game, with all the helpful advice, and sites there are to assist you!

  2. With regard to number 10, I read an article in the Guardian about the self promotion and social media presence of writers and I think it’s something unpublished writers can spend too much time on. With writing, and any other medium where people can suddenly be given a big deal, or even new MPs, they can be asked to wipe everything they have posted before so the public will see a rather vanilla and professional twitter account when they google them, and not be haunted by poorer quality work or divisive opinions. Helen Macdonald is a best-selling prize winner with no Facebook, and she tweets about sandwiches and other fun things, so there’s hope for us all! πŸ™‚

    And the lack of correction fluid in my life is a truly wonder thing I will never stop being grateful for! The fact it was invented by Mikey from The Monkees mother is my favourite piece of stationery trivia, she made millions πŸ˜‰

  3. Thing is…I love pens…their feel…their roundness…the intimacy of holding…the allure of words on paper. Last Saturday morning I was sitting in the gardens above the beach at Lyme Regis, a 3 hour drive done…looking out to sea,.. writing…early morning keystrokes I do else ware simply don’t compare…but a necessity to do as you describe a writer needs to.

  4. Technology… you either love it or loathe it, and I must confess to being one of the latter. But it is a necessary evil, and one I am gradually learning to tolerate as it has so many possibilities, the least of these is making my feeble efforts look totally amazing!

  5. As I commented to my son this week ‘I don’t know how writers did it before computers and the internet.’ Back in the days of pen and ink (and ballpoints weren’t allowed in school) I found as soon as I tried to write fiction my thoughts were working far faster than I could write by hand and still be legible. I took a speed typing class after leaving school which corrected this, but Tippex isn’t the answer to major rethinks. Now I can keep my chapters in different files, and alter them at will before assembling into my novel. At one point in writing it the tabs on my computer showed I had researched ‘hawk’s eye colours’,’Merlin helicopter speeds’,’Google Maps Romania’ and ‘pain relief drugs’. And that was just one chapter! Can you imagine having to go to the library and trying to find all those out. For all the moans about Google as a research tool it is invaluable.

  6. Really interesting post! Makes you think quite a lot, sometimes I wonder what if I lived in a different age without technology? I think that for our generation is kind of impossible to even imagine it, it’s such a big part of our lives! Thanks for sharing this! πŸ™‚

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  7. Technology has added more stress to writers. All their blood, sweat, and tears can become toast is the laptop gets fried and they haven’t umpteen copies backed. Power failures are another source for possible heart attack. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  8. I still like going to libraries but, yes, Google is where I tend to go now. *cringe* Ugh! I’m old enough to remember White-Out! (And I don’t mean from when I was little – I’m talking university here. “Technology has removed a writer’s reliance on correction fluid…” and thank cheese and chocolate for that. Holy crap, that was awful. Also, completely agree with the stress and distraction. Pros and cons for sure.

    1. Love your comments πŸ™‚ Love your hatred of correction fluid. Thx for making a blonde (slightly agitated with her brood) mother writer chuckle πŸ™‚

      1. On Sunday, you can say it’s Mother’s Day in the US and their tradition is that mums from the UK have to leave the house alone and get facials & pedicures. πŸ‘£β€οΈ

      2. Sorry to muck up your comments but I always wonder what people think an “American accent” is. Midwest, Southern, East coast, West coast?

  9. Technology does have its pros and cons for writers. Now we have distractions from countless websites to wasting time by finding the chargers for our dying batteries. But, technology helps out in terms of our writing. We can simply search for things and not depend on thick books in the libraries. Constant grammar checks and thesaurus for our writings. πŸ™‚

  10. A fun post. Regarding #7: I still like to “whip out the posh paper” or artful blank card and handwrite a letter to others. It allows me to keep my handwriting skills crisp, and my thought process a bit more discerning (i.e. less concerned with being “fast” more invested in communicating something worth reading). While I do appreciate the immediacy that technology indulges, I like to remember that technology CAN’T be thoughtful or well-seasoned with the experiences of life – like I can!

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