I love to read new and emerging fiction, and I get particularly excited when I read a great story by a peer. Below are the 15 writers under 40 who make me really giddy. I probably could have chosen 20 with some more thought, but 15 came to mind very easily. I included both fiction writers and poets.
One reason people have so much trouble paying attention to digitized content is because it’s updated so frequently. Writers and content are so numerous that readers don’t become married to any one writer or publication; they don’t develop trust and the confidence that what they will read will change them or help them learn something new.
My attention span is perfectly capable, but you’re spamming it. The Internet is not responsible for the lack of attention span. The Internet is responsible for rewarding navel-gazing and self-absorbed prose which no one can read or pay attention to. The writers are not doing a good job charming the audience.
Write to learn about yourself and other things, not because you want to thought-vomit all over your blog. Listen: we all do it! Of course, we’re all navel-gazers to a certain degree because we’re all our own best reference points. The world DOES indeed revolve around us. But the center of gravity shouldn’t show in your published blog post.
A lot of companies use metaphors to describe their products and/or services. They have grand philosophies about their methodologies, the ways they interact with customers, and their commitment to quality and excellence. Blah, blah, blah. Let’s get to the point.
The Internet can make you believe that you have a potentially limitless readership, but that concept is simply a false lure that can mess with your ability to produce quality work. Some people succumb to greed, others to lust; don’t be the one who breaks under the weight of wanting to be an Internet celebrity.
Now, with more people communicating and sharing through cell phones and iPads, it’s even easier to make typing mistakes (smaller screens, smaller keyboards, malfunctions, etc.). I admit it: I try my very best to write correctly, but sometimes I just miss errors. I’m tired, distracted, etc. I don’t pretend to have an editor or a staff.
How does a media company, especially an emerging media company, earn a solid enough reputation to entice readers to pay? The New York Times can flirt with the prospect of offering premium online content because they are The New York Times. I have thought about this question as it relates to Too Shy to Stop.
I am in Denver, CO, attending the annual conference and bookfair for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. When I attended last year’s conference in Chicago, I could hardly believe how many people still support and believe in print as a medium, despite all the hype about print’s impending death.
Social networking tools have definitely helped me improve my writing. If you truly want to improve your writing for all media, you will use every opportunity to improve your craft. To provide clear and clever content, you should shake what your momma gave ya (whether that be 140 characters, infinite space of a blog post, or a sexy booty).