THE EFFECT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON WRITERS

September 27, 2014 at 6:39 pm 2 comments

I don’t need to tell writers, or readers for that matter, that for publishing ‘the times they are a changen’’. I’m trying to keep up but not always succeeding, especially in my mindset concerning social media. In this piece I will truly show my age.

In the past, that is my past, writers seemed to be more elusive than they are in today’s world of publishing. They would publish, perhaps appear for a short time in public, and then return to pursuing their craft.

In today’s environment of constant communication and media exposure, if a writer is not constantly tuned into social media and making the public aware of their every thought through tweets, Facebook, blogs (such as the one you are reading now) and websites, they will fall by the wayside. Granted, once you are well established as a writer those avenues to the public are less important. But even those lucky authors who dare to turn their back to social media are at risk of losing their access to the public.

My mind wanders along these avenues of thought. My fellow writers: What do you think?

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  • 1. lorellepage  |  September 30, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I don’t know of any other creative profession where the platform is so important – even when you won’t be self-publishing… I wonder how it all started? Was it self-publishing that drove this? You are right, though: you either have to accept and and embrace the change or risk alienation :S

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    • 2. walttriznastories  |  September 30, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      I think the bottom line is, no matter how much, as writers, we claim the role of observers, we’re still part of life.

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