Thursday’s Toss: Would You Let Readers Watch as You Write Your Book?

Here’s an unusual way to write a novel.

An article on GalleyCat, a great site for writers,(and readers!) featured an author from the UK who was about to embark on a project that would allow readers to follow her as she writes her next novel. Apparently anyone who clicks on the link she intends to provide, can offer feedback and watch her work. The author claims she wants to “push the boundaries of the author/reader relationship.”

As a reader, I wondered who would want to sit through that process filled with edits, and backspacing? AND is there an author I admire THAT much to sit through the whole process?

I don’t think so. I’ll wait for the completed book.

Then “Ms. Snarkmeister” (yours truly) starts asking more questions, from a writer’s point of view. Is this author being lazy and hoping to spring ideas from her fans? What if she gets an idea from the solicited “feedback” of her watchers? Will she use that idea? Will she share a cut of her royalties with the reader who came up with the fabulous idea?

Frankly, I like that writing is a solitary endeavor. I’m not ready for prime time writing. There are too many ugly things involved when I write:

1. I tend to write during the wee hours of the morning 1:00, 2:00 sometimes 3:00 o’clock. The last thing I’d want to do is scare away potential readers because the hair is hideous, the makeup is gone, and the coffee is wearing off.

2. I do things with my gummy bears that I don’t really want to share with the public.

3. I’d have to fight with my dog for camera time. He’s quite a little ham.

4. I tend to use every emotion imaginable when writing, which isn’t a BAD thing. But trust me, it could definitely get out of control. (Can you say Dr. Jekyll?)

But nevermind me. Would you let people read your book as you write it? Just tossing it out there!