Writing has come a long way due to technology and we can easily take the simplest things for granted. We have literally gone from quills to keyboards and this posts highlights what digital impacts help us the most.
In this post I am going to summarise the top 7 ways in which technology has made it easier to write and become an author. Of course, that’s not saying that it is easy to be an author, I am simply informing you of the ways our lives are made that little bit easier because of certain digital impacts. This is important as it gives anyone the freedom and ability to do what they love.
“Computers have revolutionized the way we write.” – Laura Thompson
1) Speed and ease of writing
Technology has allowed us to write whenever and wherever we please. This has allowed authors to write whenever something pops into their mind no matter where they are. For example if you’re on a train, staring out the window and you see a field with nothing in it but an old looking tree and that completely inspires you, you can simply whip out your phone and type away. This of course is compared to getting out a notepad and pen which admittedly is easy, however what if you forgot it that day? Disaster averted by the fact that pretty much everyone carries their phone everywhere they go. Also, you can type much quicker than you can write so those precious thoughts won’t escape your mind.
The internet is basically a god-send to writers in terms of research. It has allowed people to write on any topic they wish as any information they need is only a google search away. In an article from ‘Lit Reactor’, Dean Fetzer says,
This is why it can be argued that the old saying “write what you know” is no longer relevant as, due to internet research, we can write about anything we please.
Authors can also research their target audience online, meaning that they can see online what their audience likes and dislikes to create the perfect story for them. This links to social media research and how authors can now see their reader’s reactions which can help with their future writing.
The internet has allowed authors to not only research the topics of their work but can also lead to authors finding their inspiration. This can be through looking at pictures online, reading articles or even other stories online. News stories online are usually a good source of inspiration for writers as there are so many crazy stories that are out there which can encourage the writing of other stories. This is why books based on true events have become more popular, as they can be more relatable to an audience as they are about real people.
There are also an endless amount of pages on social media dedicated to inspiring writers with prompts and ideas. For example, this page on twitter which is a bot that posts a prompt an hour could be helpful in getting ideas flowing.
4) Practice and Feedback
A big digital impact on writing and how authors practice their writing is through online sites such as ‘Wattpad’ that I have already written about (see my post on Self-Publishing). It is a good way to practice writing for others. It is also a good way to receive feedback from potential readers who can respond to stories posted online which can be beneficial in the long run as you can see what the readers like and don’t like when it comes to your writing, writing style and ideas.
5) Spell and Grammar Check
Due to technology, both spell and grammar checks are regularly available on most devices meaning that anyone can write, no matter their ability. Due to these advances, writing has become easier for those who want to write but feel like they do not have the skills to do so which has allowed many more people to do what they love. Programmes such as ‘Grammarly’ and ‘Intelligent Editing’ allow you to easily check your work for mistakes meaning people who self-publish can make sure that their work is accurate before publishing.
As mentioned before, self-publishing can be difficult for those who are trying to start a writing career from scratch. Crowdfunding is a good way to receive funding to help publish work from people who are willing to support your writing. Websites such as ‘Go Fund Me’ and ‘Fundly’ enable authors to post a profile about themselves to ask for money from supporters to assist them.
7) Promotion and Interaction
After an author has published their work or are in progress of doing so, the internet can enable them to market and promote their work for free. This can be a good way of doing so as it saves money and can reach a very large audience. It also allows for audience interaction, through twitter for example. This can build a strong relationship between reader and writer which creates a more personal reading experience, this can therefore encourage readers to buy and read more of their work.
Can you think of any more ways in which the digital world has aided writing and publishing? Let me know in the comments below.
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