Come out, come out, wherever you are! And put your words out in the world.
A few weeks ago, I sat at a round table with four people at a workshop in Victoria. The workshop was focused on social media and was full of people who work in the volunteer sector. It was put on by Volunteer Victoria.
My daughter and I were at this table and as the session went on, we got to learn about the women next to us. One knew enough about social media that she could very easily have taught the session. Oh, and in her spare time? She’s a writer. The other has put in a lifetime as a journalist and now has branched out to volunteerism. My daughter, the coordinator for the day, has published magazine articles and maintains two blogs. She was the one who got me started blogging.
So there we were, four women sitting together by chance, and we all love the written word. A fluke, right? Well, no. Once I came out about my own writing to my family and friends, acquaintances and people I’d just met, over and over writers told me they were writing. In fact, it’s a veritable revolution.
Someone said that with computers and iPads and audio books and online flash fiction, the old-fashioned hold-in-your-hand book was going to disappear. Well, I don’t think so. People are thronging to writing classes to learn the craft. And then they’re filling editors’ and agents’ slush piles with manuscripts. These are paper, people! But the e-world is booming, too. Just Google e-book publishers and you’ll be deluged with choices.
Of course, some will tell you the downside about poor quality, writers giving away their work, and traditional publishers struggling. I prefer to look at the positives. Way more people are reading and developing a critical sense as they read. Because publishing is relatively easy the e-way, it is doable. Hopefully, those who jump in at that level will ultimately dive deeper and write the paper way. Maybe even with a traditional publishing company. The point is universities and colleges regularly fill up their writing courses but, in days gone by, they didn’t even offer them.
We’ve come a long way. If you’re still hiding your penchant for writing, stop. Open the door to your own writing world.
Have you noticed how many people write these days? Is fiction or non-fiction your weapon of choice? Consider leaving a comment–it’s writing, you know.