Technology, Luddites and Writers

Today a friend I met at the coffee shop where I work on my fiction expressed surprise that I have a blog.   This is because I seem like such a Luddite (that’s my phrasing, not hers).   I write fiction in longhand, in composition books with cardboard covers, then type everything into my computer, then print the manuscript out and edit in longhand.  I agree that it is cumbersome, but it’s how I write best, and believe me, the world isn’t suffering because this process slows me down some.  I’m prolific enough even when I add what some might consider unnecessary steps to the writing process.

The thing is, I think better with a pen in my hand, and when I see the words on the page, not on a screen, I “hear” them better.  So this works for me.  The reason I mention it is because we tend to think that because one methodology works for one aspect of our lives, it should work for all of them.  Because I don’t lug a laptop around, then, I shouldn’t be the kind of person who has a blog.

But I do.  And I love the blog.   I love the immediacy of writing a post and publishing it.  I love getting comments and feedback from other writers.  I love spending a little time each day on a small piece of writing for which I have complete control.  This is using technology in a way that works for me.

I hear a lot of angst from writers who don’t have time to blog, to be on LinkedIn, to Twitter and so forth.  I certainly understand that we all have a limited amount of time and energy and we have to spend it wisely.  But from what I understand, they never even tried these things before they dismissed them.   That’s where I think people sell themselves — and technology — short.  I have tried to write and revise fiction on a computer/laptop, and it doesn’t work for me.  It just doesn’t.  But the blog works for me.  So I do it.  I have a LinkedIn profile (www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferlawler) but I don’t find LinkedIn all that useful for my purposes, so I don’t spend a lot of time on it.  The same with FaceBook; I have a friend who asked me to join, and it seemed really important to her, so I did.  But I don’t personally find a lot of value in it, so I don’t spend much time with it. 

However, when another friend told me to just spend a little time checking out Twitter, I loved it.  So maybe that makes me shallow and snarky, but it’s a ton of fun, allows lots of networking, and doesn’t take up that much time.  (You can follow me at www.twitter.com/JenniferLawler).

That’s the beauty of technology.  You can pick what works for you and forget the rest (or at least neglect it a lot).

A few of my favorite things

LESSONS IN MAGIC
A CERTAIN KIND OF MAGIC
THE IMPROBABLE ADVENTURES OF A MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN
DOJO WISDOM FOR WRITERS

2 Comments

  1. Hear, hear! You have echoed fairly closely what I recently said about using techology as an aid, and dismissing it if it doesn’t work for you — although I come to technology from the other end of the spectrum, as an uber user (the interface won’t let me put in the proper character, sorry).

    Although I admit my geeky soul twitched when I read that you actually handwrite your manuscripts. I’m quite allergic to the idea!

    Tracy Cooper-Posey
    Anchored Authors
    http://www.anchoredauthors.com

  2. What I'd give to be even half a prolific Luddite! Your system works just fine for you; I've seen it in action. Keep sitting in the window, and doing what you do best – it provides hope for Twitterers and luggers like me.

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