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In what way do writers use data in their careers?
I guess ites down to paper vs digital. Data is digital. I hear of some writers who can only work with written manuscripts somewhere in the woods under an oil lamp. They do their research in libraries with physical books. They only interview sources in person and look deeply into their sources eyes while their own eyes twinkle ;-) For myself I live in the digital world. I am a technical writer and lecturer. I help businesses solve problems with software performance. Almost all resources and books I consult are electronic format usually pdf. I read on my phone tablet Kindle (still the best in outdoor lighting) laptop or desktop machine. I take a large portion of unread books with me when I travel on a microSD card in case I don have connectivity to reach my personal library via the cloud. I annotate heavily via Foxit Software s or ezPDF Reader s . When Im writing I use a noisy keyboard. I check for a sale on mechanical keyboards (most noisy) but haven actually used one since the eighties (IBM PC keyboards are the gold standard here). I will still go to the library but only for a nice table to work at and wireless connectivity. I never roam among the stacks as I used too when I was young man. I roam the Internet and Wikipedia. It faster and when I find something of interest I can quickly and accurately file it away electronically. I can work on a project from anywhere even if I don have my own devices as I keep my current files accessible via Dropbox s and GoogleDocs depending on the of project. Almost all of my research is done online which cannot be the case if I were a historical writer for example. Google Books Library Project s is sometimes useful as they are scanning all of the books now out of copyright building the digital version of the library of Alexandria I guess. Im a technologist and it is entertaining and sometimes inspiring to look back at the original papers of Maxwell Tesla and Edison. To look at trade manuals and monographs for the electrical revolution and early radio and TV. Libraries and museums around the world are making elements of their collections available electronically. For sure as my Art History professor once challenged me It is not enough to hold all these facts and reflections on art. You must go and see it in-situ italic . You must feel it for yourself. I was able to achieve that many times as my early career involved extensive international travel - Ive seen things! Today to save client budget I do pretty much everything via webinars and video chat. I design my projects by outlining the theme and questions I like to address and then filling the details as I reflect on my own experiences or find suitable references. I refine that outline sometimes for years until an opportunityes along to take it to the draft phase. The last few years this has all been via EverNote. Any article or source I find is filed into the project. Any note or idea presentation or Ted talk all of my MOOC courses are organized and are fully searchable. I have EverNote ed to my browsers so that when I do a search it automatically searches my personal library of notes and adds them alongside of what google finds for me. I can access it from any device anywhere in the world. Before EverNote I used paper files built pages of HTML with s to PDFs or web pages - it was a lot of work. Before the Internet took off I kept notebooks and files of clippings and papers. Pretty much useless without investing a lot of time revisiting all that paper. Some projects I have scanned into my personal library. A lot I think will end up in recycling some day. The other part of Using data in writing are analytics - numbers about who are reading my articles book royalties traffic to my web site even the s of projects that I bid - I use these to remind me what works - or doesn. When to refresh a topic or when something needs to laid to rest. Even as the bulk of writing I have done remains proprietary and out of the public eye the stuff that filters through is still measurably active. Im not sure that everyone pays much attention to this but I expect it will be more pertinent in future. Bloggers for hire is the loud contemporary example. I was talking about royalty streams with a real writer - the kind that do novels poetry and deep reflections on the experiences in life and frankly side-eyemercial writers like myself. I was sharing how to decide when a topic needed a push and how to lift royalties as interest waned. And how to realize that the topic was spent or work-out in numbers not just reviews or book placement at the store. They were stunned by the ie difference viamercial versus following their muse. I think the shock was mostly because they consider my stuff pretty crappy - they just couldn get into it. I had read their stuff. I liked it. I was stunned that they couldn make any money at it! They understood the marketing aspect and driving readership and finding a loyal base. They just didn do any measurements about it. They were not rationalizing their investments of time and energy. So. There it it! Data is both the electronic form of your creative output and workflow as well as the analytic critique of the value you bring to your marketplace. Do all writers embrace this reality? I don think so. I think today we have fewer folks able to undertake any kind of writing project than at any other time in the history of mankind - despite the ready availability of technology and connectivity. This is a fault of education. I had no skill as a writer until I personally took steps to address it despite high school diploma and university degree. My path meant a creative writing course to eliminate my self-imposed barriers and creative block - and then the engineer part took over! Anyone can self-publish today so the traditional barriers of The Publisher are gone. This means that quality of material may suffer without the oversight of an experienced editor. Editors are still an important role. There is nothing more sobering than a second opinion. Anyone can start a blog or enjoin a creative outlet like YouTube. Personally I think most of the video blogs are narcissistic crap - but I prefer YouTube to TV anytime. All of this electronic media are strictly data driven italic . From likes italic to views italic to advertising revenue to royalties. Ignore it at your peril - and backup your data!