Blogger: Rachel Kent
We live in interesting times. We have instant access to news, pictures, shopping, etc. online 24/7. There’s so much information being shared each day. In some ways technology has made life/work simpler, but in many other ways having so much information just complicates things.
The internet opens up opportunities for finding and researching stories. Before the internet, I assume newspapers, TV, or magazines were the way for authors to find real-life stories to spark the imagination. Now we have access to stories the day they happen and we have archives of real-life stories to search through and use for research.
We use online dictionaries and thesauruses now. I haven’t picked up my hardcover dictionary in a couple of years. Do you tend to use these online tools or do you stick with the “old school” books?
I also see a lot of authors sharing pictures of people online that match their characters’ looks. Is this practice a useful tool for you? Do you like to have a photo of your character’s lookalike to keep in view as you write?
How often do you use the internet as you are writing a book? (Not to check Facebook, but for book-writing purposes.) If the internet was to suddenly go away while you were writing your book, what helpful tool would you miss the most?
And the big question: Do you think you might actually be more productive while writing if the internet was gone? Or is it more of a help than a distraction?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!