Have you ever wondered if writing a novel is a dead-end profession? I have and it has also bothered me for a long time. In fact, I remember watching a BBC TV show on writers on television. The presenter asked two successful book authors the question, “Do you consider your work dead?”
The writers, who did not consider their work to be dead, were shocked at the question. They told the interviewer that they felt that their work had lasted for many years. Even if some writers gave up their day jobs for a career in writing, the work was never done. There are so many other wonderful and interesting things that you can do in this world. But a writer’s life does not just end when he or she hits the publishing gate.
Still, I think we should have a better answer to that question, especially as the number of people writing books grows. The ability to write the next great novel has come down from the proverbial mountain and will eventually trickle down to all of us, including the writer.
When the next Bill Gates is born, he will not only become the world’s richest man, but he will also be the world’s leading computer entrepreneur. With just a little help from his children, he will hire hundreds of people to work for him and just as importantly, the kids will become a contributing force in the next generation of innovation. The man who owns Microsoft will not only be one of the most successful businessmen but will also be an author.
All he needs to do is to add multiple copies of his software and in a few months, he may even be producing some of the world’s best quality computer applications. He may very well be the first author to be given the Internet or e-mail address. He will join the list of people who took a big leap of faith in technology.
I am convinced that this writer may change the way that readers respond to novels. The reader will no longer need to be the first person to enjoy a piece of writing because technology will offer the best possible experience.
The next generation of writers will not just be able to give an experienced voice to novels they create; they will also be able to download the necessary code from a site that promises the best possible experience. The story will be delivered instantly to the reader and, more importantly, to the writer.
They will get to write the next novel without actually being in the same room as the author. The story will be so compelling that the reader will not only want to read the novel but will want to hear what the writer is saying to the reader.
This novel will be more than the writer has ever dreamed of. Technology will enable him to take his novel to another level. The choice will be easy, as his readers will be glued to the computer screen for hours and will have never heard anything like it.
If that writer becomes one of the richest men in the world, he may not need to find another career. He can simply give the email address to the next book author and maybe the one after that. That is, if he really believes in this new form of marketing.
Many of the best book authors today simply love what they do. They take all of the time they need to write a great novel. As technology continues to grow, these great writers may not be needed in order to write good books, but they will certainly be in order to sell them.
Will Technology Replace Writers?
What do you think about Will Technology Replace Writers? What are the challenges of being a writer-publisher?
R. J. Errington, a highly respected author and writer, provides an overview of the challenges and obstacles to writing a book. Errington is a prolific author whose work spans the gamut of genres. His resume includes short stories, novels, screenplays, poetry, and nonfiction.
Today, we are still left wondering about the transition from “cataloguing” or reading for pleasure to “writing,” “publishing,” and “authorship.” To take this on full-time, you’d have to be a hard-core kind of writer to make the switch. Now it seems to me that technology has made it possible.
The main challenge is that, “it” happens to be well beyond our control. As the saying goes, “we are the authors of our own story.” People write all the time, but not always their best. Many of us are unduly pessimistic about the possibility of being writing our best when we say we’re feeling creatively uninspired.
To be totally honest, that’s not quite right. While it is true that we can’t avoid the “work” part of our lives, we also have to let go of a realistic outlook of how often we should be doing it. Errington highlights that, “unless you’re going to put in twenty-four hours a day, twenty-six days a week, for the rest of your life, your ‘work’ isn’t going to matter much.”
Writing and publishing has never been easy, so it’s probably not surprising that R. J. Errington believes the current state of the art in technology, blogging, social media, and social networking “has only further complicated the process.” In other words, you don’t need to have an iron grip on what it is you’re writing. Of course, some of his points are worthwhile, but I’d also add that, as everyone knows, the Internet is a very efficient and effective tool for sharing and discovering information.
Errington’s most compelling observation is one that I think is well worth repeating: “where you feel great, you’re going to keep doing it.” The more people that use the Internet to share and discover information, the more we have a better chance of making our output more relevant and timely.
The more people who read our work, the more reader’s attention we generate. And this more attention, the more people we’ll get, and the more we can move from a writer to a publisher to a contributor.
Can you imagine being a contributor, even just a one-time contributor, and still having the author “you” are writing for be taken over by a “reporter” or a “businessperson” who may not have any technical expertise? So now, when the ghostwriter says to the writer, “I’ve got it! And here’s the money you promised!”
The writer will have nothing to show for it but an article. He or she will have done nothing to make the transition smooth and seamless. If it makes you feel like a fraud for still doing your job, just remember what Errington wrote in the last paragraph, “where you feel great, you’re going to keep doing it.”
Writer? If you need help with your skills, can you afford to go another step up the ladder?
How Technology Replace Writers?
If you were asked to describe a writer, what would you call the person who writes a novel by hand, only a few times a year, without any professional help or assistance from the computer? Of course, that person is a writer, not a computer expert.
Many of today’s writers are aware of the fact that they have become obsolete and that the author, too, has become obsolete. They simply don’t see it as a problem. They understand that the computer is used to keep the writer informed about the novel’s progress, but they believe that the author’s experiences in all his or her books should be shared with the reader.
When I write a computer book, I am using an advanced writing program called WordPerfect or a similar program to make my life easier. The most obvious advantage is that I am able to revise the manuscript much faster than I can with the writer’s tools on my computer. Yet the writer still sees the value of the physical book, even if it isn’t the sole value.
To a writer, a novel is not just a collection of words; it is an artist’s impression of life in its various stages. It is the most direct way to relay an artist’s vision.
In my mind, an English-based computer writer could never have written those novels and stories by hand. That means the writer with experience in traditional, non-computer writing methods has an edge over the newcomer with no knowledge of how to write by hand. The writer is right because the computer is in no way inferior to the writer’s hand, nor is it a substitute for it.
Of course, what the newcomer should do is do his or her best to improve his or her skills. But as an experienced writer and as a novelist, I’m confident that I will win the race to being able to create a more marketable work. I will begin my quest by educating myself in the best practices of that method I love, English composition.
From my experience, I believe that, because of the opportunity cost to the writer of throwing out his or her writing tools, the novel will be better written. If I was a mere novice, I could imagine how well I would have done had I left the computer behind. I would have bought a book and read it by hand, of course, but I would have written that book with my heart and soul.
A lot of writers do, indeed, have their hearts and souls involved in the creation of their work. With the application of tools like WordPerfect, their heart and soul are also involved in the creation of their works. It would be nice to say that each writer can do whatever he or she wants to do, but that simply isn’t true.
All good writers have a defined list of skills that they use in their writing. Most writers, like me, have more than one, but these are important aspects of the writing process. While we often think of them as a “mechanism” to allow the author to avoid the trappings of traditional writing, the truth is that they are actually important for the writer to know.
If a novel, in other words, is the culmination of the creative process, the things that are discussed in it, such as characters, relationships, settings, action, etc., become important to understand. But if the novel is purely a compilation of words, a lot of this information goes by the wayside, or doesn’t seem to matter at all.
Just as the technology that has replaced writers, some writers, and the author’s ability to interact with readers has significantly changed the way novels are written, so has the art of writing itself. I hope this article helps clarify why there is a renewed interest in the art of writing by hand.
When Technology Replace Writers?
Have you ever wondered why authors give their time and effort into writing a book or short story only to have that work in the dustbin of history and never known about? Sometimes writers may choose to put a variety of articles out on the internet which may be valuable but if nothing more than a hobby then the writer should leave the contribution to readers up to them.
Don’t look for celebrity authors, they probably don’t even know what they are doing and it’s more like an addiction. To write something, you have to know the thing. That’s how many authors build their credibility, it’s because they have written articles on the topic of their work and have people respond to them.
Most people who are into writing are passionate about what they do, they are the writer’s and writers that stick with the project will, eventually, become millionaires. Just like musicians and actors, they will go on and establish their name and market their work online.
If there is a search engine in the browser and it finds a website, most likely the author has included the title page on the site. People have a natural desire to click on the titles, if they don’t and it’s irrelevant to the article they are reading, then they are not clicking. The titles and articles are important and most authors realize this.
Sites that use sponsored links or advertisements are also examples of articles, all you have to do is look at the back of the site, which is often enough to recognize these kinds of sites. Many sites have articles section, some may even have a “check out the Author” link on the site.
All articles require time and effort to write, and sometimes editors may want to tweak the article and cut a few things out. Other times it may simply be time to edit. So in the end, many times the article may appear professional enough to use on the website but still needs to have the editing done.
With the publishers changing so fast it is important to not be over ambitious and try to add content every day. Too much information can mean the book is very boring and it does not relate to the topic. It is also important to ensure you have enough content and allow a lot of editing time in between.
It is often the case that people who are writers have to think of these things before they start writing, it helps keep them focused. You will know a writer when you see one, but it is good to keep on checking up on them and see if they are still interested in the subject and interested in your work.
Don’t be afraid to look for new ones and join groups, writers always have a word of mouth system and there are always people that enjoy your work. You should always give the editor a heads up if you feel your work could use some improvements, even if it’s minor it could help them get the project done faster.
Writers should always be looking for other writers and making friends with those that write about similar topics. This is where a lot of information about the author can be found, from networking with those in the same field and online. You will need to keep on going if you really want to be a successful writer, it may be harder than it sounds, but it can be done.
Always remember that there are plenty of writers, just be a good one, think of the readers, write good stuff, be true to yourself, think it through, think about what will appeal to the reader and keep on going. There are plenty of great writers out there, do yourself a favor and read a little every day, because sooner or later you’ll be a best-selling author.
Which Technology Replace Writers?
One question frequently asked in writers’ groups is, “Which Technology Replace Writers?” Most often, the first answer is a writer. Everyone, from a journalist to a novelist or an editor, accepts that technology is changing our world, but what should be done about it? Should writers embrace the changes or resist them?
In my experience, many writers still hold on to their love for writing as if it were the most vital and useful thing in the world. Why do they feel this way? The answer may be that many writers are reluctant to acknowledge the radical changes that are happening in the technological sphere.
Modern times have shifted writers away from one of the most significant facets of their life: the role of fiction. Writers used to engage in literary criticism and commentaries with a view to informing their readers about how their work has changed the culture.
Today, even if some writers still read their texts, they tend to write about the digital society’s collective imagination. Much of today’s literature takes place online, often as a way of generating revenue.
Writer magazine subscriptions are all over the place, from Esquire to Granta, and the overwhelming majority of writers use the Internet to circulate their works. What does this tell us?
Today, the very act of writing is being transformed by technology. When writers stop reading their own works, they cease to have a voice in their own work.
Perhaps writers will succeed in their resistance against new technologies. Perhaps they will start to understand why they must re-think what writing means. Perhaps they will accept that their job will change.
Will today’s writers become object collectors who find themselves having to sell their work to get by? Will the very act of writing itself be replaced by word processing? Will the novelist become a digitized docent?
If writers refuse to abandon their craft, they can’t expect society to do so. It’s possible that their defense of their craft will be their only hope of keeping the ground of importance that they hold.
The writer who fears the process of change should reflect upon what they believe makes them special and unique. They might do well to consider how the journalist who is still sifting through the news can’t imagine not doing this. The novelist who struggles to communicate in a world of computers should ponder how they would cope without a word processor.
Those writers who fear the technology of the future might want to consider why they did what they did in the first place. The writers whose art was important to them will know that they weren’t alone. Their love for writing is a perfect illustration of how change doesn’t always mean death.