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Cultivating your Craft in the Digital Age

Published on Sunday, January 16, 2011 by

There is little question that writing is a self-reflective process from which we learn about others, ourselves and our world.  It is in this context that the mind engages in a process of deep thought, that writing is a tool of organizing and defining our world.  It is with this thought in my mind that I start this day.

Writing takes various forms throughout our days. Whether that is via texting with our friends, writing emails, planned writing, work related writing, or notes we jot to ourselves. In today’s society we will leave a vast storehouse of data and information about ourselves in our daily writing activities.

I have a vast imprint of digital writing on the web from my various websites and blogs to what I have presented through my job. My activities are archived via meeting minutes, presentations, and through other means that I am not even aware of…but someone has captured along the way.  Am I concerned or alarmed by this?  Should I be? This is one of the unknowns of a rapidly changing digital world through which we identify and present ourselves.

Why is writing important? We can present ourselves via video and audio files on the web… I contend that writing is just as important in how we organize and present that image as well. Writing is more than just putting words on paper, to me it is that internal dialogue of using words to effectively express ourselves, define who we are, who we belong to and identify where we want to be.

I have said that I write for fun but the process of writing is a much deeper one than that. In this socially connected world I write to define who I am, to reach out to others and share interests. I write to inspire and motivate others and also to connect with others who are better than I am at the craft of writing..these are the people who stretch my abilities.

Why do you write?  If you are reading this I invite your comments and encourage them. I also invite you to visit the www.steampunkadventuressl.wordpress.com website and participate in our upcoming writing competition.

Cathy L. Anderson/Cathy Haystack Second  Life

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