Are you savvy to social media? Connected 24/7/365? Always logged-in? Wired? Wireless? Dashing down the Digital Divide? If you’re a writer – you just gotta be connected, right? The question is, how much time do we spend on social media and is the return on investment worth the writing time lost? What else is lost? I may have to read Hamlet’s Blackberry again.
Write what you know, the experts all say. Well, if we don’t live life, experience the human condition and perhaps even contemplate God’s sense of humor and (fortunately) boundless mercy, how will we really know anything?
Regarding social media, WWHD? (what would Hemingway do?)
He’d probably team up with Hunter S. Thompson and have target practice, using their computers as targets. My opinion, argue if you must.
As I write this blog, I understand the irony of my situation. I take online grad classes in management, non-stop it seems. I have a personal and an author page on Facebook. I have two blogs. I moderate a fan page for a 501(c)(3) veteran’s group now. I love all of it. On Sundays, I sometimes write fiction. Sometimes. I “always” seem to be engaged with social media, however.
Cart calling horse: I think I may have this backwards?
As a very talented composer once said, after being asked what software he used when he wrote music – “There is something magical about putting the pencil down on paper. The meaning, the message, the soul – that’s how you get it onto the paper. A computer can’t do that.”
Pencils. Low tech, maybe. But if you choose to use one, you can truthfully say you are now using “wireless” technology.
Go ahead. Try it.
Get (re)connected..with your soul.