Watch The Naked Writer Write
via The Bookseller
New Age specialist and author Silvia Hartmann will start her latest fantasy novel on Wednesday with the internet gawking at every word, deletion, and uncomfortable pause. The UK-based 53-year-old will provide fans (and, by extension, irritating trolls) with a Google Docs link that will allow them to watch the creation of the novel from start to finish in a project she has aptly named The Naked Writer.
The thought of that would be terrifying enough for most authors, but Hartmann is taking things one step further by also allowing viewers to comment on the storyline, provide real-time feedback, and collaborate on the final editing process. How she's going to actually get any writing done with all that going on is a mystery to me, but good luck to her.
She says, “This is an amazing opportunity for me as an author to push the boundaries of the author/reader relationship. It will be thrilling to write knowing that people will be viewing each word, paragraph and chapter, each backspace as I go along! Some authors plan their manuscripts in advance, but my stories tend to have a life of their own and I look forward to seeing what unfolds with everybody else!” The Naked Writer project begins September 12th at 9am London time (4am EST).
Would you dare to do the same thing? Do you think the watchers would affect the way that you write?
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