Today’s Writing Prompt: How has the internet changed your life – professionally and/or personally?
The writing prompt comes from Stream of Consciousness Sunday, hosted by AllThingsFadra. It's a 5-minute free write. Publish your stream of consciousness, then link up at Fadra's website for an SOC Sunday blog hop.
My "day" writing/editing job is a telecommuting position. I live in the Great Lakes region, but the company I freelance for is in California. Obviously, I would have major commuting problems if it weren't for the Internet. I work from home, doing all my work online.
As for my creative writing - well, I know writers accomplished their craft for thousands of years before the Internet was invented, but that doesn't mean I want to return to the traditional route. Sure, Ernest Hemingway never Tweeted about his latest work in progress - but I'm glad I can.
I remember the typewriter ; my parents got me an electric typewriter as an eighth grade graduation gift. But I don't want to go back to the days of Wite-Out and hand-written corrections. Give me the ability to blog and live-Tweet any time. It helps me connect with other writers and potential readers.
The Internet is an awesome research tool, too. Sure, I remember how to go to the library and use the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature. I still do, sometimes. Rachel's blog title is accurate: You Just Can't Google Everything. Libraries are still an awesome resource - and fun, too.
I'm still glad I can Google almost everything.