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I am a very serious person. I work hard and I take criticism to heart. I have been brought up to respect universities and literary prizes and people who are “important”. When I lived in England, I read serious newspapers and considered ‘literature’ to be the highest pinnacle of what a writer could achieve. (Thus, I never actually wrote anything thinking it would be far above my mortal talents!)
Recently, I have been challenged in these assumptions! In the last week I have been looking at all kinds of exciting opportunities for authors to learn from gaming and create cross-media experiences for readers. I have also been developing my own skills in terms of podcasts, videos, blogging and making author friends on Twitter. I have seen some of the amazing things other authors are doing and this is so exciting!
In short, I have been having FUN!
This is a revelation for me after years of working hard (and not enjoying it very much).
Apparently, I am typical of Gen X. We take everything seriously. But we need to learn from the Gen Ys and the Net Geners who just ‘play’ with their ideas. They mash-up and use cross-media without dissecting it. They game, read, text and Skype. A brilliant book to read about this is Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World HC by Don Tapscott which got me onto Twitter (which I love and highly recommend!)
The key message is that not everything you write has to be perfect and immaculate and finished. You can just put an idea out there and have people collaborate with you to extend and develop it. You can make a video and let it loose and see what people think. You can blog and leave it open for comments. You too can have fun!
I have goals and aims for my writing career, but I am not going to take everything I write so seriously now! I’m going to be more like the little kid in the picture and paint my hands and see what it looks like. I’m going to play.
Do you take your writing and creativity too seriously?