Praecedo – June 2011
We live in a golden age of communication. Never before in history have so many people, from so many different places, been able to connect so rapidly with each other.
This site would be nothing without the connections that have been forged due to it. The writers come from across the globe: most have collaborated with each other on at least one writing project.
It is an exciting time to be a writer. And yet…
This month’s theme is “Connection and Collaboration”. Whilst new technology has created a brave new world of multi-author cooperation and a global writing family, sometimes I worry that a level of connection actually threatens disconnection from the process of writing itself.
On Twitter, hashtags such as #litchat and #amwriting can be invaluable resources, but it is easy to get so involved in discussion of writing, that you find you aren’t actually writing! Networking with authors around the world is great, but nobody started writing to be a great networker.
It is a concern that I’ve carried throughout my time with Write Anything–do I spend more time talking about being a writer than I do actually being a writer? At the moment, the answer to that is yes.
I have been feeling disconnected from the craft of writing lately. Studying for a qualification, issues at work, getting the new site prepared: all important tasks, but nonetheless distracting me from writing.
So let me disconnect now for the month, and let my fellow collaborators demonstrate their connections to the craft, and each other. And at the end of it, perhaps I’ll have reconnected. I certainly hope you all find new thoughts on what it means to connect as a writer, and new ideas for collaboration.