In response to What if there was no internet?
If the internet were to suddenly be gone for whatever reason, I would still keep writing. I’ve always been a fan of pens and pencils on paper, even though it takes me longer to write as opposed to type.
And I have plenty of notebooks. Notebooks are definitely an impulse buy for me. The last time I wanted to buy one, my mother was successful in talking me out of it. But I do try to use them. I would probably use them more. But not having internet doesn’t necessarily mean not having computers, so I don’t know.
My biggest hurdle would be sharing my work. Outside of this blog, I hardly ever show my writing to anyone. I’m not sure why, but it probably has something to do with the fact that the novel I’m currently working on – and have been working on for a while now – isn’t finished yet.
My novel is a very personal project. It’s loosely based on events in my life, and the characters are based on my friends and people I look up to. That’s probably another reason I haven’t shown it to a lot of people.
Without the internet, it would definitely be harder to keep in touch with people. I wouldn’t be able to simply sit in front of my computer. Not that I have anything against going outside, it would just be different.
It would definitely be harder to do research for writing. As and English major, I had to do a lot of research for paper. Granted, I didn’t always rely on the internet, but it was still the first place I checked for sources to use.
Writing – and life, for that matter – without the internet would be very different.