In attempting to carve my niche into the writing market through — the illustrated story– I’ve had some challenges.
In designing this story format which is enhanced with graphic art, pictures, then one combines storyboard art throughout, this is only accomplished through modern-day digital technology and a good dose of digital literacy.
Since digital literacy is thought to be the ability to use and possess a basic understanding of networked devices (smartphones, tablets, software applications connected to the internet) creating the illustrated story is impossible without it.
I have been able as a digital immigrant to learn the skills necessary to create my first illustrated story. Thus far, I have learned to move the story creation seamlessly between the editor and artist through smartphone, tablets, or PC’s. This movement allows me and others involved in the project to work on the story by adding onto or refining our work.
What I have not learned, as a digital immigrant, to do well is social media marketing. Yes, I use Facebook and LinkedIn, but my comfort level is low. I still have the need to see a person’s facial expressions as we converse. And no, an emoticon at the end of the sentence doesn’t make up for seeing the person’s expressions.
What’s a guy to do? Keep plugging away at it. Keep up with me as I write here again and do see my illustrated story through the link below.
Edward Carter has more than 10 years’ consulting experience for an investment bank firm on Wall Street. He has an MBA with additional degrees in management and technology. He has sat on the board of directors for two technology start-up companies. He is now breaking into the arena of writing illustrated stories.