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How do we stay creative in a world that’s ruled by laws?

15 Apr
Ruler, Writing, Rules, Kinley Baker, Romance Author, Author, Words, Cursive Writing

*insert something about slapping a ruler*

Lately I feel constrained by the construction of our society. On the one hand, advancement allows me to be addicted to my phone. On the other hand, there are so many rules we have to follow, I have a really hard time keeping up with all the quicksand.

With the digital world cracked wide open, we’re all running around the internet waving our hands and screaming, “YAY!!!”

Freedom!

As we should be doing. It’s amazing that we can connect to people we never would have known if now was twenty years ago.

But right now, I’m standing on the edge of a lot of decisions. Each direction I toe the line, I feel like I’m getting slapped back.

We’ve seen the trouble with the internet. Lawsuits are running rampant. I admit that I struggle with fear when I read these frightening articles and posts.

I know we can’t take images that aren’t our own and post them anywhere. I just wish it was easier to tell which images are okay, and which are protected.

I wish it was easier to learn how to publish safely and how to mitigate our risk.

I see so much risk in this business.

I’d love to hear about your resources and suggestions.

I wish it was as simple as flagging something. “Hey, this is free content!”…“Hey, this is NOT free content!”

I’m not a rule breaker by nature and I have no inclination to deviate from my current path. But I wish it was easier to figure out the rules.

Yes, trial-and-error works. But I’m also kind of a perfectionist, so I’d really rather avoid the mistakes before they happen. Unfortunately some things can only be learned the hard way, and I’ve gone through challenges I wouldn’t understand if I hadn’t lived through them.

With some basic things like sharing content, though, there has to be a better way.

I have so many stories to tell, but I fear telling them.

I can’t be alone in this… Or has my paranoia reached new levels of ridiculousness?

Stranger things have happened.

-Kinley Baker

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