Writers across the world tend to think that they just need to write and relax until a publisher passes through their work. It’s quite stereotypical thinking, it’s really ancient and more traditional and even more opressionalitic in nature especially by those who might have designed such mentality . If it’s not complacence , laziness and ignorance.
The Pre -colonial writer , poet and artist was more dependent on the publisher and the bookshop. His or her success was more hinched on his ability to impress a certain class of society as well as the marketing and sales acumen- ship of the publisher. By then book fairs were a lifeline of many writers around the world. The writers community suffers a great deal as many book festival fell apart mostly in Africa were economies are falling apart. Life became and become tough especially for those who have failed to clinch the golden opportunity of the social media/digital revolution. Many who are keen, resilient and disciplined have quite social media as a instrumental tool to popularize their writings, skills and talents. A lot of social media tools are at the writers , story tellers disposal and are spaces supposed to be used by writers to familiarize their voices and exchange more with the global community. Platforms like blogger , word press, myspace ,yookos , twitter , tumblr,facebook , linkedin , instagram , pinterest and many other social media spaces have popularized a lot of both serious and undisciplined writers . Though most profoundly the positive advantages of social media have been highly proven. Writers can exchange with their publishers, agents, other writers ,festivals , book centres , online amazons of today without much sweat and difficulty. A lot of opportunities are opened by these spaces. We need also to bear in mind that social media spaces have their own disadvantages but then we can strive to bring the best out of the digital revolution.
One of the best example of writers who are digitally disciplined is Creative Writer , Award-winning Story teller , Creative Writing and Social Entrepreneur Tsitsi Tsopotsa, the Author has left no stone unturned in popularizing her creative writing brand. Her books and stories are popularized on various book marketing social media platforms and she never stopped working towards the familiarization of her voice through these spaces . She is one among African young women writers to create a book trailer of her story Zebra crossings and most of her vlogs are trending on YouTube and Google. Her stories can be also found on kindle direct and Amazon.
Recently she launched a creativity project meant to mentor women writers on writing short stories– Setseno Short Story Women Mentorship Club , the project is still in its infancy but it gaining its popularity and some amount respect among writers ,poets , filmmakers and story tellers in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa, Africa and the World.
Towards the close of the great year of God 2016 – the author clinched an international prize through her satire-comic story on Zimbabwe , DIARY OF THE USAH. Such a hardworking and disciplined personality. She is rightly using social media and digital spaces to tell her story , the Zimbabwean story , the African story our story.
Writers should emulate this mesmerizing bundle of talent .
By Mbizo Chirasha- Creative Communities Expert, Writer , acclaimed Poet and Publisher.