The New Generation Writer – Rule #2

READ RULE #1

We’ve lost “artist” status as authors in the eyes of most people. At least, that’s how I’ve experienced. What’s caused this? Well, it’s because we don’t act like other artists. In this digital age, most authors sit behind their computer screens and go from writing word #1 to published author without ever leaving their house. How many of you in the Indie publishing scene have even met your publisher? You know, it was months before I even spoke to my publisher by voice, and that was through Skype.

So we’ve become these recluses of sorts. We’re comfortable not being personal. We’re comfortable not interacting. We like it, because let’s face it, we’re all just a bunch of shy introverts with social anxiety disorder. Well, maybe not all. But a lot of us are to some degree.

An artist can’t really do that. You can, but you’ll only be appreciated posthumously, when your extroverted social butterfly of a grandson discovers your stuff and makes millions from it. Painters have art exhibitions. Musicians have concerts. Dancers have stage performances. Actors have stage, TV, and movies. What do writers have? Not much, really. Maybe a book signing, but most of us hate those so much they’re few and far between. Besides, book signings are usually flops anyway. Most writers are content to hide behind their computers, hide behind their ink and paper, hide behind their words. How can we ever be respected as artists and be successful by doing this?

We can’t. We have to get out. We have to meet people. We have to do something comparable to exhibitions, concerts, and stage performance. What do we have to offer? Words. Lots of them. Let’s use words publicly before our audience. And by doing this, we will truly act like an artist.

And so we come to our next rule.

RULE #2

The New Generation Writer seeks out opportunities to connect with their audience face to face as an artist by developing relationships and building a speaking platform.

Let’s not hide. Let’s start this revolution together…as artists. Stay tuned for more.

-k

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4 thoughts on “The New Generation Writer – Rule #2”

  1. I resisted this at first. Very much so, I’m shy by nature, a total introvert. And of course I’m a *writer* not a *speaker*. But words are words, whether written or spoken, and words written can simply be read aloud.

    And most people want to see that the writers who are speaking are really people, too. If you don’t feel like a celebrity, that’s good. The people who meet you don’t want you to feel that way–they want you to be real.

    1. I think most authors are the same. It’s taken me a while to be able to stand in front of a crowd and speak effectively. I’m much more comfortable in a classroom setting, and even that took some getting used to. And please don’t ask me to “mingle.” I really don’t like meeting new people. But I’m trying to learn to like it.

      Speaking of being real, one of my professors today said something absurdly profound in class. “If you’re real, be real.” Love it.

  2. I’ve enjoyed the last couple “rules” you posted and i really agree with them. I think being a writer has become too easy with self-publishing only taking a couple clicks and blogs being so simple to set up. Like you said, the market is over-saturated and we’ve lost the craft that used to go into it.

    Personally, I’ve been attending local poetry readings and preforming at these venues. This has been a great way for me to share my work and direct attention my prose as well.

    While my writing style is significantly different, and from reading your bio, I think our personal lives are too, I really respect your views on this matter, and look forward to reading more “rules” as you post them!

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