Daily Archives: March 17, 2011

Tried & True and Technological Changes

DH and I started playing co-ed volleyball the first year we got married.  At the time, I bought a brand-new pair of snow-white knee pads.  In a few months, DH and I will celebrate nineteen years of wedded bliss.  Guess who still owns the same pair of knee pads?

Yep, me.  They are holey and coming apart at the seams.  In addition, the elastic is stretched out and they slip around when I dive for a ball, offering less protection than those spankin’ new pads from almost two decades ago.

I have two choices.  Quit volleyball or buy new pads.

I’ve tried the second and just can’t find any I like.  They’re not my tried and true ones.  They haven’t saved me from bruises.  They are not my friends and I’m just not sure I want to waste my time breaking them in.

New technology is like that for writers.  We get in our comfort zones and often resist changes.  It took me forever to switch from notebook to netbook for rough drafts.  In fact, I still print out a copy for my first edit.  Old dogs and all…

But technology can be our friend.  If we are savvy and willing, we can manage our own marketing with relative ease.  It will still take work and time and effort, but socializing in this day and age is easier with Twitter and blogging than it was twenty years ago.  Virtual critique groups and emails have made connecting with others in the biz tons easier.

Yet it can also be scary.  The e-book business has the writing world in a near-state of panic.  Our beloved knee pads are worn out, and for the life of us, we just can’t bear the thought of replacing them. 

Will this mindset be our undoing?  If we fail to move on the e-trend, will we be left holding yesterday’s worthless treasures?

How active must we be, as aspiring writers, to succeed in this new climate?  Which methods and practices will become extinct?  Is there room for a good balance, and if so, what is that?

It’s time for a good hard look at our journeys and goals.  With technological advances occurring everyday, the options are nearly limitless and require much more from writers than simply penning a manuscript.

Best luck as you navigate the new trends.