The internet has opened the door for creative writing in countless weird and wonderful new forms. As well as the good, old-fashioned blog post, you’ve got fan fiction, twitter poetry, collaborative story-writing and everything in between. Some of us prefer to stick to more standard formats, but I think it’s worth having a look at what’s out there with an open mind. One massive benefit of new media writing for me is simply that you can find pretty much anything you could possibly want to read about; if you can imagine it, it is probably already on the internet. And if it’s not there, you will find countless creative writing forums inviting you to create it yourself and share it with the world.
But the downside of writing and sharing on the internet is that no matter how revolutionary or heartfelt your writing, there will always be some anonymous person in a really bad mood, just waiting to shoot you down. Over the years, I’ve become fairly good at dealing with criticism of my writing. It no longer phases me that much and I usually find it helpful. But I guarantee that no matter how thick your skin, there will always be that one enraged user who will find a way to ruin your day.
I’m interested to hear about your experiences with writing for new media. Have you found any great forums and shared your work? How did it work out for you?