The Role of the Writer in the Social Media Age

January 22, 2013

The problem with this Elysian view of writing and publishing is that it sets the writer up as someone possessing a unique genetic code and the skill to actualise it so that his work can be brought to life. In the days when my short stories were appearing in literary magazines and my poetry was earning me enough to buy myself the odd cup of coffee at the University cafeteria I used to think that writing was a divine message and the writer the chosen messenger. No one else could hear the words that fell down from the heavens but him and his task was to capture them and commit them to print.


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