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Friday, September 3, 2010

Practicality Vs Creativity

I have always been quite a sensible person and at times I have considered this a disadvantage. In life I have always been a deep-thinker and never a risk-taker. I have also thought the sensible part of me hampered my creative side. Perhaps it has at points in my life when I have taken big decisions on what to do in life. I may have risked attempting to be a writer earlier if I was a risk-taker or give up my part-time job entirely in a move to make it happen. Unfortunately it is just not me to go about life like that. I say unfortunate as I have always seen it like that. I have always been slightly jealous of those who are able to totally immerse themselves in the creative process. It has occurred to me this week that what I have always considered to be a disadvantage could actually turn out to be an advantage.

I say this as in recent weeks I have heard several writers question how spending time on social networking sites and blogs can possibly aid your writing when it is taking time away from your writing. When I hear people saying that it makes me realise that they have missed the point of promoting yourself as a writer. My practical side has always seen maintaining a blog, website and social networking connections as a professional way to conduct myself and connect with other people in the industry. It is the realisation that as a writer I need an audience and without that the efforts of my work would be wasted (or unsaleable). No publisher would take on material that is unsaleable and knowing your audience is as important as your creativity.

So I feel more reassured in myself: I may not be brave enough to give up work and dedicate all my time to writing but I am sensible enough to conduct myself as a professional and embrace the opportunities this can bring.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Catherine.

    I think you are definately right to continue with your social networking as like the chance to blog for rubber sole, its all making contacts and all writing experience.

    In addition to your point regarding finding your audience I view social networking like this ....

    I also work in the creative field - on the graphic design field but still creatively. I use both facebook and twitter extensively in order to show my work to as many people as possible.

    As a result of this I have been contacted by suppliers and the like interested in my products.

    It also creates a "fan base" Imagine this.... You develop "friendships" with a range of people via these means, your work then get published be it via print or web. You give these friends of yours a "heads up" who naturally rush out (or log on) to read/view the work of "someone they know".

    This in turn increases readership figures, website hits etc for the sites/publications in question.

    They then see this as directly linked event and you are then invited, commissioned etc to contribute further.

    The circle then widens each time, and is most certainly beneficial

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