Most of my writing career has followed a particular pattern. I write what pops into my head, and I write a lot. Some of it sells, some of it makes people go ?huh?? and some of it wins awards. Still, I generally have gone into projects with at least a general idea what I thought I?d do with the final product, at least in recent years. It seems, if not an exactly logical process, a workable one.
Sometimes, however, things change. For one thing, the way you interact with the world, and with people. You can live in a bubble, or you can expand with the world ? and contract with it, as well. Our world is much larger with all it has to share, and much smaller with how simple it has become to reach out and interact. I have always been a forward leaning sort of person. When something new and shiny comes along, I play with it... at least when it comes to Computers. I was an early adopter of message boards, online services, the Internet, E-mail, and now I enjoy the magic and madness that we call Social Media. While I?m still not sold on Facebook, I?m active on the micro-blogging service Twitter, and have been slowly building a network of contacts, followers, interesting characters, and shared thought.
Knowing that some among you, as usual, are clearing your throats and saying ?Get to the point, Wilson,? I will do so. The point is that the changes in the Internet and in my world have now had a profound impact on my career. At least, it?s potentially profound, and to cause the shift in my habits and my outlook, all that?s required is the potential.
Last February I found myself in the very hotel where I?m sitting as I type this, getting ready to open a branch office for my company. I had a book to work on, and I had all the files carefully...