Faces of Facebook—Is Technology Killing Your Muse?

As I was reading this blog, I knew that this isn’t just a problem for writers. We’re getting more disconnected as a society, even though we can now chat with someone on the other side of the planet almost instantaneously. We lose something in that interaction that emoticons just can’t replace. Kristen makes some excellent points here. What does our constant online presence mean for our creativity and imagination? Do we all need some downtime from the Internet?

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We live in a brand new age for humans. Technology has fundamentally altered every aspect of our lives and offered writers countless opportunities and advantages. Yet, as the French philosopher Paul Virilio once said, “When you invent the ship, you also invent the shipwreck.”

Before we talk further, I want to be clear. Writers benefit greatly from being on-line and it is next to impossible to be successful without a solid on-line brand. Yet, one of the reasons I became a social media expert instead of pursuing fiction was I saw far too many gurus pushing tactics that required way too much devotion to being on-line.

Chasing trends and algorithmic alchemy requires a lot of energy better spent writing books. We actually don’t need to be on-line that much to have an amazing brand.

Yet, let’s be honest.

Many of us…

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