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What does it mean to be a writer?

Module 1, Intro to Writing Arts - The Future of Writing (#tfwf12)

Heather Mallette

on 23 October 2012

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Transcript of What does it mean to be a writer?

photo (cc) Malte Sörensen @ flickr A Writer's Journey We currently live in an age of technology, with an overabundance of writing opportunities. Technology has changed everything. Past The is becoming obsolete. Write.
On paper.
By yourself, usually. ------- Edit.

Or let someone
come over and
edit your work. Rewrite. Type it up. Carefully. Send it out to agents, editors, or publishers. Wait. Wait. Wait... If you are lucky, your work will appear in print! Sit around and wait for fan-mail (if you get any) or... Go to conferences.
Meet other writers.
Network whenever you can! ...start all over again. Through Time and Writing Spaces. By Heather Mallette What does it mean to be a writer today? What did it mean to be a writer in the past? What will it mean to be a writer in the future? You can still write on paper, type it up, and send it out to publishers.

You could also do much more. There are writing spaces everywhere. Each space comes with a new set of skills and tools. Unfortunately, these new spaces need new rules. You can see this in the video "An anthropological introduction to YouTube." Michael Wesch shows how the user-generated content on YouTube has become a separate genre of entertainment. Fortunately, we are the ones making those rules. The Machine is Us/ing Us (4:34) Wesch also created this video explaining the phenomenon of Web 2.0, a name for sites containing user-generated content.
Each user utilizes the different spaces on the web, and each one helps to create new rules on that space. What does the future hold for writers? Books are still being produced now, but e-books are quickly gaining popularity.

Will there come a point when bound paper goes out of style? Instead of writing a blog, some users are turning to video hosting sites and becoming "vloggers" or video-loggers.

Since we are always moving toward the next "quick fix," will blogs eventually lose the battle as an internet writing space to vlogs? Maybe in the distant future, we will be writing on a computer chip in our brain that will be beamed directly to another computer chip in someone else's brain. With the alarming rate at which technologies are evolving, the possibilities are seemingly endless.

A mere 20 years ago, could they have dreamed of the impact the web would have on our lives?

What's going to happen next year? The definition of writing will keep evolving.

That means writers need to evolve, too. You have reached the end of ...but a new chapter in YOUR journey is just beginning!
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