September 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

This reminds me of when Harlan Ellison used to sit in the display windows of bookstores and write short stories while people watched. I guess this is the modern equivalent. Would you open up your creative process to the world like this?

TechCrunch

I can’t imagine someone being able to watch every keystroke as I write a post like this, but author Silvia Hartmann is writing a novel and is welcoming you to watch her progress. Live and in real-time.

Using a public Google Document, Hartmann is typing away on “The Dragon Lords,” and the whole idea absolutely fascinates me. It’s unlikely that I’ll sit at my computer and watch her type, but I’ll probably check in from time to time on how she’s doing.

Here’s what the Google Enterprise team had to say about it:

Fantasy author Silvia Hartmann is reinventing the editorial process by letting her readers follow along as she drafts her new novel – The Dragon Lords – in a public Google document. Hartmann started writing last week, and has already drafted 20 chapters.

Read the story so far and follow along to find out how it…

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