In 2002 A New York Times article found that about 81% of Americans feel like there’s a book inside them that’s just waiting to be written, a similar study conducted in 2015 by ACI Information saw this number rising to a staggering 90% stating that they see themselves writing either fiction, non-fiction or cook books at some point in their lives.
The search for self-expression and fulfillment alongside the added possible perks of fame and fortune that may come when publishing any type of creation, could be among the explanations to these numbers. However, it is tough to argue with the fact that so many people, not only in the US, feel so strongly about producing their story in some way.
Ever since social media, in all its forms, entered our lives we find it easier to post our ideas, opinions and philosophy and very quickly get some type of feedback for them, it is just as easy to view other people’s opinions and thoughts through these same channels and respond. The ability to let our voices be heard through modern outlets undoubtably changed the way we consume content, with the scales shifting more towards masses and the online voice, with old-school channels having to adjust to fit the trends.
A down-side to social media and the form of content we adjusted to, is the both in the quality of content as well as its depth and development. There are 211 million pieces of online content created every minute through channels such as Facebook and Twitter, however the majority of which are narrowed down to tweet form and clickbait in an attempt to grab onto the potential audience’s attention and convey the message quickly.
When examining the percentage of people with the dream of producing a book vs. the number of books actually produced, it’s clear to see that there’s some sort of barrier between the person’s desires and his abilities. Obviously social media can’t be the only one to blame for the issues potential writers encounter in their way to fulfilling their dreams, other issues like financial barriers, time constraints or even a simple, but annoying, writer’s block could also come into play, however it’s clear to see that the world could be missing out on the next big story simply because potential writers are stuck somewhere in the process.
While social media can be considered a shallow channel for content consumption (whatever its quality may be) you can’t argue with the fact that it introduces many writers nowadays to their initial experience with writing, publishing and initial exposure to their talents.
The issue lies with the required extra step- the leap into actual authorship. Many social writers get hooked on the writing drug but see themselves producing not more than a blog or a short story as they lack tools to take them into a massive, large scale creation.
A process of planning, world building, narrative and character development and constant rewriting goes into building an actual book with a proper beginning middle and an end. This process is very different that the usual social post, as extensive as it may be.
In a world full of social platforms, I was surprised to find that there wasn’t a place for writers and writing groups to go through the process of idea formation, narrative and story building and actual execution of the story to its selling point.
That is until now- when Moments was created we had the vision of creating an environment for writers and creators to connect with each other and compliment each other’s work in order to bridge whatever gap one may have in the way to the dream.