- Thanks to technology writers are now able to write in a number of formats; blogs, tweets, posts, electronic books etc.
- 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.
- Technology allows readers and writers to connect. E-books and E Readers make it possible for readers to access writers from around the world.
- 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! Now you just press delete and smile.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Technology means anyone can write a book. Self publishing also gives those writers rejected by publishers the chance to pursue their literary dreams.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
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