The Future Belongs To The Writer

Have you seen how this author made more than a million bucks before his book got to stores? Hugh Howey‘s story is encouraging for any writer, to say the least. And it again puts a spotlight on the fact that times have clearly changed. This is something I try to remind myself of every day. It’s easy to get complacent. To become blind to the opportunities just sitting there, staring us in the face.

Right now is a time of great upheaval in so many industries. But for the creative, the hardworking and the brave–those three attributes together can be tough to find–the timing looks like it couldn’t be better.

New. Media. Life. Blog.

I used to blog, but I put it aside. Now I’m stepping back in. If for no other reason than to introduce some new discipline into my life. Reading Seth Godin’s The Icarus Deception has nudged me back into action. I’m doing it tentatively, because I hate the idea of starting something and stopping yet again (for the third time, I think). It feels like failure. But perhaps it isn’t. But perhaps it is.

My interests fluctuate, so sustaining one thing with singular focus is daunting. But pinning something down is satisfying. Planting a flag. Leaving a mark.

An inner motor whirls constantly within me. I can only silence it briefly, but in short order it starts again. It won’t stop. It won’t pause (even when I think it might have finally run out of fuel). It just spins, waiting for me to acknowledge it and to try to make sense of its spinning.

I have not yet made sense of its spinning.

So, I write again. As for a focus for my writing, we’ll, the things these days that I find fascinating are understanding what makes people tick, what engages a person in their work, corporate culture, technology, entrepreneurial pursuits, storytelling, copywriting, design, software as a service, my family and God. It’s a broad list, and there’s more I could add. But as Seth Godin says in his inspiring new book, just write.

Not a diary, not fiction, but analysis. Clear, crisp, honest writing about what you see in the world. Or want to see.  — Seth Godin

Here’s to a fresh start.

A clean slate.

A blank screen.