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I don't feel "smart" anymore.
I was once knowledgable about my craft, my career. Back in the day, I hunkered down in the library to study Publishers Weekly and other reference materials. I subscribed to writing magazines, read them cover to cover. I diligently followed guidelines, included self-addressed stamped envelopes in every submission, and bit my nails in a weird combination of dread and excitement when I went to the mailbox. Yes, I was on top of things.
Now, every time I turn around, something new! and necessary! and urgent! screams at me from the writing world. Genres and categories burst into being like popcorn in a microwave. No one leaves two spaces after a period anymore. Ebooks are the new paperbacks. Social media options spread like some wild, rampant vine, sprouting branches and leaves every five minutes.
I can't keep up! I'm drowning in information. I grab at jetsam, float safely for a moment, only to have it sink from under me, leaving me floundering again.
I don't want to be a curmudgeon or a Luddite, but how do I know what I need to know? How do you all handle the deluge of craft and publishing information out there? Do you feel smart and on top of things or are you drowning alongside me?