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From ragan.com: news and ideas for communicators
Why every writer needs an editor
From Writer Unboxed
The Value of Editors
On Reading, and Finding Readers:
From The Guardian
Readers are out there – but the model for getting their attention is broken
From The Guardian
Fiction prescription: why libraries make you happy
How To Write a Scene: A Step-By-Step Infographic (I love infographics!)
Write Your Novel – Torture Your Characters
The Art of Asking: For Writers and Storytellers
From Anne R. Allen’s Blog
5 Ways “Difficult” Women Can Energize Your Writing and Make Your Fiction Memorable by Ruth Harris
From The Writing Corp
So, You Claim To Be A Writer?
And A CONTEST FOR WRITERS!
From Northwestern Ontario Writers’ Workshop
2013 Contest Rules
Writers and Misinformation, Or: “How Did You Publish?”
From Rachelle Gardner
Sometimes You Fail. And it Sucks.
On Promoting and Marketing:
19 Things Successful People Do On Social Media
On Unnecessary Promotion and Publicity:
From Carin Makuz
dear media people
GREAT Blog Posts
From Eugene Stickland, a very inspirational blog post …
Caylan Boyse – Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World
From Seth Godin
“I’m making money, why do more?”
And, Just For Fun!
From Proposition Zen
Daily Zen – March 4, 2013
From Anne Lamott
From The New Yorker
From The Los Angeles Times
As Barnes & Noble shrinks, small bookstores are born
From C. Hope Clark
How We Treat Writers
From Seth Godin
From The Toronto Star
Academy of the Impossible an experiment in education
A request for topics and compelling material from terribleminds
The Annual Refuelling of The Blog Tanks
Great writing from Carin Makuz
maybe the kids’ll be alright after all
From Eugene Stickland, a hilarious take on
My Day in Comic Book Fashion
A new poem from Rachel Small (my editor!) on her blog, Freelancing to Freedom …
Another short story, Kick, from Betty Jane Hegerat
From Beneath the Snoozing Tree
And a new video from Simon’s Cat
I’m reading The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr (2010, W.W. Norton & Company) and not only finding it fascinating, but oh-so true, unfortunately. For some time now I’ve noticed that I read print books differently than I once did, and it’s almost as though I’m suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder at times. I had previously put this down to multi-tasking and the way we live now in this modern world, being constantly bombarded by information and the urgent need to be “connected” far more than is necessary. It turns out, according to Carr, that with the advent of each new technology throughout history our brains have become rewired so that we compensate for the new way of taking in all this information. And this same rewiring of human brains has happened a number of times over centuries – including with the introduction of print books and silent reading that resulted.
Not only do we all read differently now, though, but the digital text also affects the way we write…
… the Web’s tendency to turn all media into social media will have a far-reaching effect on styles of reading and writing and hence on language itself. When the form of the book shifted to accommodate silent reading, one of the most important results was the development of private writing. Authors, able to assume an attentive reader, deeply engaged both intellectually and emotionally, “would come at last, and would thank them,” quickly jumped beyond the limits of social speech and began to explore a wealth of distinctly literary forms, many of which could exist only on the page. The new freedom of the private writer led, as we’ve seen, to a burst of experimentation that expanded vocabulary, extended the boundaries of syntax, and in general increased the flexibility and expressiveness of language. Now that the context of reading is again shifting, from the private page to the communal screen, authors will adapt once more. They will increasingly tailor their work to a milieu that the essayist Caleb Crain describes as “groupiness,” where people read mainly “for the sake of a feeling of belonging” rather than for personal enlightenment or amusement. As social concerns override literary ones, writers seem fated to eschew virtuosity and experimentation in favor of a bland but immediately accessible style. Writing will become a means for recording chatter. Page 107
And the idea of “text” and permanence of text in print books has also changed from what we knew, and will inevitably have an effect on the way we write:
The provisional nature of digital text also promises to influence writing styles. A printed book is a finished object. Once inked onto the page, its words become indelible. The finality of the act of publishing has long instilled in the best and most conscientious writers and editors a desire, even an anxiety, to perfect the words they produce – to write with an eye and an ear toward eternity. Electronic text is impermanent. In the digital marketplace, publication becomes an ongoing process rather than a discrete event, and revision can go on indefinitely. Even after an eBook is downloaded into a networked device, it can be easily and automatically updated – just as software programs routinely are today. It seems likely that removing the sense of closure from book writing will, in time, alter writers’ attitudes toward their work. The pressure to achieve perfection will diminish, along with the artistic rigor that the pressure imposed. Page 107
By the way, and for the record – I’m reading the print version of this book that I borrowed from the library. Definitely a must-read for anyone looking for an explanation as to what is currently going on in our brains when it comes to reading and writing and why our brains may have been collectively rewired, and permanently.
And I transcribed the above quotes rather than copying/pasting…
Thanks to Eugene Stickland for recommending this book!