2010 is no bad time to be a writer

Over at the Guardian UK, Robert McCrum writes:

Various conversations with some established British writers this past week, and the ongoing blog discussion about the behaviour of Helene Hegemann have got me thinking about the condition of writers, young and old, in 2010. Some people, especially those who have been publishing since the 1980s, suggest that this is a bad time to be a writer, a point to which some of these recent blogs have referred.

Me, I’m not so sure. […] My point is that, historically, the position of the writer has always been a bit marginal, even aggressively so, as the necessary outsider. It is, of course, a commonplace to suggest that the writer’s marginal status is the key to his/her authenticity as an artist. I’m wondering whether, perhaps, the writer’s current predicament (if that’s what it is) could turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

He goes on to write about how the Internet allows writers all over the world to find an audience and the disintegration of the traditional publishing hierarchies are bringing writers and readers closer together.

I like to accentuate the positive.


~ by Valerie Palmer on February 25, 2010.

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