One of the hallmarks of being a writer is that it’s a solitary endeavor. It’s probably the most democratic of the arts. Not everyone can paint, act, or play piano. But, with some imagination, pencil and paper–almost anyone can write. Also it requires little technology to do so, just an imagination and some elbow grease. My interaction with machines (e.g computers) is limited to dumping my thoughts from my brain onto the white screen, which happens relatively easy if you can type fast, and an occasional email check a few times a day (ok, I’m lying, a few times an hour.)
All the fun happens away from the computer: eavesdropping on juicy conversations, the pictures that creep inside your head, all of the poetry, the sounds, and colors that only writers can create with language. Writers do this all in our heads and in our notebooks. It’s only when we want to publish it or enter it into the market do we have to encounter the computer.
And yet, fate has it that I learn Adobe InDesign, a computer software that would enable me to do more things as an editor, such as laying out The Carousel which will replace our former Writer’s Carousel and Brochure. My uncle used to say to me “You’re way too young to be so rigid.” Alas!, I will now have to spend the next couple of weeks playing with this new system so that I can, join my peers and embrace this machine that continues to find ways to bring you in.
Is it old fashion of me to think that computers distract us from our work or is there some validity to my suspicion?