I’ve made a few major decisions this week, as I feel awoken from some self-induced trance. I’ve abandoned the alcohol binges that characterised the majority of my adult weekends. This – it would seem – has been the catalyst of those changes. My Sunday’s have been transformed from an alcohol-coated vegetation into a renewal of life. I’ve started learning Spanish – the official language of the country I’ve called home for the past eighteen months. In doing so, I’ve been attempting to eradicate a lifetime of failed attempts towards competently communicating in a foreign tongue. However, the greatest change is related to my novel.
I begun the unnerving task of writing my first, feature-length screenplay – Downward Mobility – recently. Months of planning, treatments, pitches and character profiles behind me, I now begin at the start line as it were!
The story has been carved out, it just needs a gentle sanding . However, I am now charged with the mammoth, albeit enjoyable, task of communicating that story for producers, actors and directors to interpret. Remarkably, I’m discovering that the most difficult undertaking is capturing the economic-simplicity of a screenplay.
Is Blogging Devaluing the ‘typed’ word? Part IV
It is difficult to gain any clear-cut evidence to support a claim into whether it has a direct effect on one’s publication chances, my research found. For instance, 62.5% of those I interviewed – who had been published – suggested that blogging had no effect on their chances of publication. With 32.5% claiming that their publication was of a direct or indirect result of their blog. Therefore the evidence, suggests that one cannot simply advocate blogging as a direct link to publication; however, neither can it be dismissed as irrelevant to the process, based on the results that I gained.
Is Blogging Devaluing the ‘typed’ word? Part III
The question now becomes, does blogging have an effect on one’s chances of becoming published and therefore, increase writer’s monetary wealth in this way? It is at this point that the argument becomes more fluid and simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers really won’t suffice.
Both Luke O’ Neil & Melissa Foster have praised blogging as a method of promotion for writers as have all but one of the writers that I surveyed. Therefore, it can be asserted that blogging isn’t devaluing the written word in this sense. By contrast, it is instead giving value to it as a promotional tool for writers. Nevertheless, it is far too simplistic to simply state that blogging does add value and publication potential to one’s work. However, there are other factors at play, naturally, that need to be looked into deeper for a balanced analysis to be achieved.
Melissa Foster kindly agreed to an interview with me as part of my research into blogging and the value of the typed word. Melissa is a best-selling author and a role model for anyone struggling in the indie and self-publishing market. She has previously written about how self-publishing can have a negative effect on the quality of the publishing industry. Therefore, she proved a very interesting person to speak to with regards blogging and the publishing industry.
You’ve suggested that ‘self-published authors are devaluing the written word’. What impact do you think bloggers are having on it?
I actually think bloggers add value to the Internet world. Everyone has an opinion, and it’s interesting and conversation worthy (most times) to gain insight into many different opinions. I’m personally thankful to many bloggers who have become my personal friends and colleagues.
I’m continuing with my research into the effect that blogging is having on modern day writing. I’ve already gathered some very interesting information from my survey and many thanks again to everyone for their help.
I’m now arranging interviews with writers, bloggers & publishers in order to get opinions on the effect that blogging is having on writers. If you’re interested is sharing your experiences, ideas or opinions then I’d love to hear from you. I’m interested in finding out how bloggers feel about blogging and the effects that it is having on their careers. I’ll post the interview on my blog and credit all of your opinions as your own.
If you’re interested please leave a comment after this post or email me at: email@example.com
I look forward from hearing from you.
Are WordPress writers, YouTube musicians & Instagram photographers the new generation of starving artists or the pioneers of a new economic system? As some of you already know, I’m completing some research on the whether blogging devalues the written word. However, I’ve come across an interesting article that suggests that they might instead be the first ‘chosen few’ onto the proverbial Arc as it were, while capitalism is swept away in the flood leaving the earth cleansed.
So everyone, I’m starting a project about writers blogging and the potential for devaluation of intellectual property. I think that this must be an issue at the back of every blogger writers mind. We blog for exposure, for pleasure and to connect with people; this seems needless to say. Further, not everything we produce could be said to have a monetary value – this project for example which I am completing for my MA. However, where then, as writers, do we draw the line? That short story you’ve been working on? The novel you’ve just given the final proofread to? The screenplay you’re struggling to find an agent for? Should you post it online for free? Why? Why not?
I think that we all have our own ideas of where exposure – literary or otherwise – turns from the golden tan to sunstroke. In the coming weeks I’ll be delving deeper down the rabbit-hole and asking bloggers and writers how they tread the tightrope between what they should give away and what they expect payment for.
I’m more than happy to hear anyone’s views on this matter so feel free to comment on the post, send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org or ask for a questionnaire if that helps.
I know this may seem strange, but to me a story is like an organism. It’s alive in itself. I’ve been thinking a lot more about this concept in my work. I don’t feel like I am the person that controls the world, in a way. I’m the one that designs it. However, it’s not really my decision what the characters actually do in the world that I give them. I’m aware of the hypocrisy & ludicrous nature of such a statement. Though, it seems like the most honest way that I can describe the process for me as a writer.
I’ve been thinking more and more about publishing recently; which is strange since I currently have nothing anywhere near publication standards. Yet it seems to be something that needs to always be on your mind as a writer. The entire purpose of writing is to get your work out there and get people reading it. So it seems to stand to logic that how you go about getting your work out there needs to be of central importance. There is a wealth of articles suggesting the best or easiest or newest ways of getting your work published. The general consensus is to self-publish or publish as an e-book. But where has the physical hardback book gone?