Friday, April 29, 2016
Digitize All Your Precious Poems
How fortunate we are to live in this digital age – to take poetry to the cloud from the page.
Like many Authors, I started writing at a very young age, and most of my early work was handwritten in several notebooks. One of the best decisions I made was to digitize all my precious poems from that era. I carefully typed and saved my work for later use.
Now with all the technology we have available at our fingertips, we can easily put our thoughts directly into digital notes and files. We can take backups and even revert back to previous versions. With several devices, software, search and sort functions to use, we can easily store and keep track of our writing. Thankfully the probability of a poem getting lost now is very low.
How many poetic gems could be forgotten in a pile of paper? Will you remember where to find each masterpiece much later?
When I began to compile Radiant Roses, I was able to search my digital archives for keywords like rose, petal, bud, bloom - to discover old poems that fit my theme. And I was pleasantly surprised to find one I wrote as a teenager that was perfect for this book. Even more pleased when Readers said this was one of their favorites in the book. If I had left my previous work in the old stack of notebooks, and only reviewed my newer work - I may never have thought of including it in this publication.
Inspiration to write a poem can be anytime, anywhere... and sometimes even in our hi-tech environment, we could end up writing the first pass on a piece of paper. Some of us even prefer to use pen and paper to compose. When we create something new – we celebrate an important milestone. If we are planning to publish our best poems, what we do afterwards is as important.
Where are all your poems? Go tech before going to press.
Here are a few tips for Poets planning to publish:
1. Assess what needs to be digitized – you may need to go through your old journals to find the hidden gold.
2. Set aside some time to convert content into digital format.
3. Take regular backups – mirroring your files in the cloud is worth considering.
4. Test your recovery strategy – don’t wait for a hardware crash to see if your work can be recovered from a remote backup.
5. Setup a cadence to extract and save new notes.
Sometimes it takes decades for a beautiful poem to see the light. You wrote it during a long-ago chapter in your life, and the source of inspiration is no longer very clear. Yet the words stand out with the ability to touch and inspire others. Looking at it from a new perspective, perhaps on a new application or device… years later – all it may need is a more relevant title to be published. Keep your roses for another season. Digitize all your precious poems – and let the magic unfold.
About the Author
Samanthi is the Author of several Inspirational Poetry Books. She also provides Communications Consulting for a wide range of clients, including fortune 500 companies.
Visit STARSAFIRE POEMS to find Radiant Roses and other inspirational poetry by Samanthi Fernando at http://www.starsafire.starrayz.com
You can get your own copy of Radiant Roses at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1514843668
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