Good morning Racers! How are we all this fine Friday morning? I hope it finds you well and raring to go! I’ve got a selection of teas, coffees, water and other beverages plus different snacks so please help yourself as we settle down for another coffee break.
For those who might be a little confused. I’m Rebecca Stonebridge - although most of you will probably know me better under the host of pen names I’ve had through my years as a Novel Racer; A. Writer, Paige, The Secret Writer, Emily Tootsweet… I’m staying as Rebecca Stonebridge for now ;o)
The Internet. For me it’s both a devil and a godsend.
When I started writing many many moons ago, I wasn’t connected to the internet. Writing really was a solitary thing for me. I had my ideas for my novels and my laptop - that was it. I didn’t even have a desk. I just sat on my bed and wrote. Then I got the internet connected to my laptop. I started my first writing blog, which didn’t get many hits so I started a new one and slowly I started to mingle with other writers. I also joined the Novel Racers. If it wasn’t for the Novel Racers and the other writers I talked to online, I doubt I would still be writing. I don’t know any writers in ‘real life’ so meeting writers online has given me confidence to keep writing. The advice and support I’ve found online has helped me massively. And that is why I say the Internet is a godsend.
But there is also a downside. The internet is a devil because it just holds far too many distractions. If it’s not Facebook, it’s writing my blog, reading blogs or twittering on Twitter. I know for a fact that I faff about far too much on the internet for my own good. I need to learn to switch off the damn thing so I can get some work done.
Recently I’ve witnessed the bad side to the internet with people being bullied and spammed and it made me think about how much we use the internet and do we really need it? Could you live without the internet? Could you gladly smash up your modem and live a happy life or would your world fall apart without Facebook/Twitter/Blogs?
So my question today is: The Internet. Is it a godsend, a devil or a bit of both for you??
P.S. Can I just remind Racers that the idea of a NR meet has been mentioned? And if you pop on the ‘other blog’ we can discuss the when’s, the where’s and the who’s…