Don’t fight it. Become it. Use it. It carries power — power to connect and to heal. Power to change and be changed. Power to amplify.
Or is it?
The beast is an illusion. It’s a smoky image of what’s inside. It’s your, our power manifesting itself. It’ll run rampant if unchecked.
I like the notion of earning certain features. I’m just not sure it could be algorithmic, tied to follower count.
Something more complex, weighted to a social feedback mechanism would serve Twitter better. Some basic functions indeed could be disabled for new users, but more advanced stuff should come with social klout…
This is the type of hit-and-run that eventually dilutes content to the point of worthlessness.
Yes, networking is important. But are you seriously advocating for exploiting someone else’s eagerness for attention? Yes, writing a concise piece if content is beneficial, but for the love of everything holy do not think that 300…
First of all, if you don’t read “free content” — how do you know it’s bad? Had a string of bad experiences and declaring the entire concept as worthless? Hey, why not go all the way and become a racist because a bunch of black people were mean to you?
Sometimes I like to imagine that I’m writing a character’s POV in my fiction. It puts my head in a different gear, allowing me to separate myself from my own perspective.
Doesn’t always work, but it’s a fun exercise that benefits both my writing lives.
Also brings Stephen King’s quote in mind about talent: “If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn’t bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented.”
Writing is very much a paradox. At the same time you need to write for yourself, and yourself only, while writing for everyone. You need to be selfish (to get paid) and selfless (to enjoy it).
I think, and I just wrote a response about it on another article, that “originality” is a dangerous proposition, because people think…
I find it interesting that this notion of “originality” is still lingering around.
If I’m not mistaken is something that was popularized by the Romantics — not exactly current trend — and was put out of its misery (or so we thought) with postmodern literary criticism.