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!


6 thoughts on “Thursday’s Toss: Would You Let Readers Watch as You Write Your Book?

  1. Aaliyah says:

    1. No, I wouldn’t let anyone watch me talk to myself. Well, that’s how the characters come to life. Gotta act it out.
    2. You already shared that you line up your gummy bears LOL

    • nettrobbens says:

      lol..thanks for commenting, Ms. Aaliyah! I agree with your first point. I wouldn’t want anyone seeing me act out my scenes either!

      Regarding your second point, it is true that I shared what I do, but I won’t share HOW I do it! lol


  2. jessmittens says:

    I end up sitting in the silliest positions – no one needs to see my legs up on the desk while I lean all the way back in my chair, sipping soft drink and staring unblinking at the screen.
    No! But well done I suppose to the author that is – so long as they remember they’re on camera and don’t do anything they might regret, i.e. scratching awkward places.

  3. aprilkerley says:

    This would fall into the “oh hell no” category so no way I would want people to watch while I write, especially in the wee hours of the morning when I’m sitting with no make-up and no bra staring bleary-eyed at the screen. I’d be worried too of possible lawsuits. You get a give and take going with readers, some offer ideas and suggestions and when you finally publish the finished product, you may find some of those same readers claiming you ripped them off when a similar idea landed in your published work. Not sure I would want to watch anyone writing either after the novelty wore off (which would take about five minutes). Your dog is adorable though. I’d watch him for hours. 🙂

    • nettrobbens says:

      ROFL! I love your reaction, and I agree. The lawsuit would be a huge possibility. If even a kernel of the reader’s thought was used, the author could be in serious trouble. My dog on the other hand would LOVE for you to watch him! Thanks for commenting!


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