I am by temperament a traditionalist. For some reason, I have always appreciated and been fascinated by the past - especially what happened during my life when I was still too young to understand what I was living through. Heck, I've been that way since I was six years old and started pestering my father with questions about World War II (which ended three years before I was born).
But I do admire writers who are adjusting to today's do-it-yourself environment in constructive and creative ways. Be it Facebook, GoodReads, YouTube, or several other similar tools available to them, some writers are embracing the new technology rather than being thrown off stride by it. As a result, I have discovered many a writer the existence of which I would never otherwise have become aware. And I love their work.
Christopher Meeks and Libby Hellman are two examples that readily come to mind. Both have begun to create YouTube videos on the subject of writing as a way of addressing students, readers, and fellow writers. In this rather chaotic world of publishing, writers like Chris and Libby are making their presence felt in ways that would not have been possible even a few years ago. And even though I know I do not aspire to actually be a writer myself, I find their videos interesting and can't wait to see what's next.
First up is a video Chris has titled "Writing Life -- The Habit of Writing."
This is Libby's introduction to a series of writing videos that she calls "Writing Lite." This segment is about "building suspense."
And, finally, this is an earlier video from Chris in which he is very much in the tongue-in-cheek mode: "3 Surefire Tips to Be a Great Writer."