Reynold’s concludes her piece with the concept of “imagined geographies”; which consists of the frontier, the city, and the World Wide Web. These geographies, we come to discover, are in fact metaphors for the obstacles we commonly face as writers.

The frontier can best be described as a new beginning, or a blank slate. With writing, this most often comes at the start of a new job, when your employer expects you to adapt to the writing atmosphere that one has no previous experience with. Because this geography is so broad and unfamiliar, the writer who takes on the task is, in a sense, a pioneer.

After the frontier comes the city, a much more compelling phase in its variety. Here, there are vast and unique opportunities for writing, as well as innovation that could hardly be dreamed about on the frontier. ┬áBut even with these exciting ideas, there is one common point, the “heart” of a city.

Reynolds finishes by discussing cyberspace, which occupies billions of people’s time despite its lack of any physical geography. It gives people who previously had no voice mediums in which to express themselves. People from different backgrounds, or even continents, can now come together for any reason imaginable. However, Reynolds also acknowledges that it can be very difficult to leave cyberspace, whereas a city and the pioneer were easy to walk away from.

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