Journal Entry: Solo Meditation Class. In Bed. Day 2 - The publishing landscape is changing, before you finish this sentence. I keep telling myself: I am not a human being having a technological experience. I am a technological being having a human experience. I can do this. I can learn new stuff. Change is often a great thing, yeah, yeah, but let’s be honest here, change is nervewracking. Because of technological advancements, though, more than any other time in history, there is tremendous potential for an author. I keep telling myself that my potential is only limited by the restrictions I place on myself. (Somebody reminded me of that, a newbie author, I think.)
“We think of the novel as a transcendent, timeless thing, but it was shaped by the forces of money and technology just as much as by creative genius.” (TIME, February 2, 2009, 72).
Don’t let this spook you. A novel is called a novel because it’s novel. Hello. There are just more tools, in cyberspace. Really, how different are these journal entries that I am sharing with you from what I might write on my Facebook feed? A little birdie told me that in the 18th century when paper was scarce, diaries were shared with friends and family over long distances and diary entries were kept short. Sounds like a tweet to me. True, there is something to be said for the connection of hand to pen to paper but social networking is not about the writing stage. Once you emerge from the dark cocoon, social networking is about meeting like-minded people who share your love for writing and maybe even the subjects you are passionately writing about.
Causes Deborah Henry Supports
The Irish Arts Center
The Academy of American Poets
The Norman Mailer Center