Self-publishing on the internet has given many budding writers a platform where their work can be shared with the world. Gone are the days when one would sit back and wait for a publishing house to reply whether they liked or disliked your work.
For authors determined to see their prose in print, technology has made it much easier and cheaper to turn this into reality.
Today one has the opportunity to experiment and the opportunities are no more limited. There are ample numbers of options available for online writing.
There are a plenty of online portals, where an individual can hone their talent and skills in writing. One gets the opportunity to post stories, novels, scripts, poetry and also read a plethora of stuff by new writers.
Options such as Litizen.com, litlift.com, booksie.com, storywrite.com, India-Forums.com, etc. are portals where writers who need feedback, and some beginning writers opt to post their stories on websites where others can rate them and comment on them.
Apart from contests on some sites you can also win cash prizes if the administrators like your work. Litizen.com gets popular books published whereas storywrite.com holds free classes on plot, character development, and more - all in the comort of your own house.
On booksie.com, you can write poetry too while on litlift.com you can write in private and later share it with others.
Moreover organising a book on blog is not easy. Blogs are designed for time-based journal writing not for literary ones.
Kanupriya Jain, a housewife with a Master's degree in journalism and mass communication from Panjab University always wanted to write a book and get it published. Her efforts have brought her name and fame as she found a platform on litizen.com and her dreams came true as all three stories written by her got published. Kanupriya says, "It's a pleasure to see a story written by you in print. Publishing stories online has given a reach to my short stories. My husband is proud of my achievements."
What about money, we ask and she says, "No, I did not get any money but the recognition is enough motivation to keep me going. I hope I will find a publisher soon."
Kanupriya adds that today everyone is net-savvy so she shared her stories on social media and got an amazing response from her friends and family and relative strangers.
Yukti Sharma, a first year student of BBA from Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana, got appreciation for her poetry written in English and Hindi. For her, online portals are a platform to be popular among her peer group.
But what about the concept of holding and turning through the pages of a book? A person has an association with a book, a bond that lasts longer than a like option on the screen.
On asking city-based prominent authors about their views on the popularity of these online writing platforms, there loyalties lie with books.
Rana Nayar, professor at English Department in PU, says, "I believe in the durability of the printed word. When you get published, you get more recognition. But online, you remain anonymous. Moreover in India, everyone does not read online, there is only a section of people who access and read these portals."
Neel Kamal Puri, a literature and media studies professor at Government College for Girls, Chandigarh, says, "A book is a hardcopy. There cannot be any substitute for it. Even though you catch snippets of news online you like to read it in a newspaper every day."
Online portals or a physical book, the debate is never ending. But, if you have the flair for writing, the world is your oyster.