My computer just went crazy. I couldn’t get on the internet, the track pad wouldn’t work, I couldn’t type on my word processing program without the cursor jumping lines, and the response time was ever so S-L-O-W!!!!!
I humbled myself and called customer support. After a series of “Have you tried…?” I was transferred to high level tech support. Albert calmly suggested that he help me update my operating system.
Two hours later, my patience having long past worn thin, EL CAPITAN was put in charge. It seems that my old operating system simply hadn’t been capable of running the many new programs that had been added since the last update.
It’s not just our computers that need updating from time to time. We have to keep ourselves up-to-date with the trends and techniques necessary for our craft.
Writers–even unbelievably successful ones–keep abreast of all the changes that are happening by viewing webinars and podcasts, reading the latest books, talking with other authors, and attending conferences.
People of all professions are required to earn so many continuing education units per year. Writers who want to do well, must follow the same principle by keeping updated, too. I have to be honest and say that sometimes I resent taking the time to study the craft (I just want to sit in front of my computer and write!) but I know the only way to improve my writing is learning as much as I can and putting it into practice.
Where can you start? Newsletters by such helpful writers as Randy Ingermanson and C.S.Lakin are one good way. They share what they know at no cost. I recommend signing up to get them on a regular basis, if you don’t already.
We are so fortunate to live in the age of the internet where you can ask just about any question on line and get an instant answer, including links to almost anyone you are wanting to follow, so that’s another way to stay on top of things.
So, whether it’s your computer, or your skills that need updating, it’s all possible with a little tech support!