Wednesday, September 12, 2012 |
Many writers prefer to write in private and are loath to reveal anything to the general public until they've finished revising and are completely satisfied with their work. But fantasy author Silvia Hartmann embarked on a bold literary experiment Wednesday morning by starting her latest novel on Google Docs, and letting the world see her every change, misspelled word and deleted sentence.
The 53-year-old U.K.-based writer has been working on The Dragon Lords since 9 a.m. her local time. Hartmann said the experiment, dubbed the "Naked Writer Project," is an "opportunity for [her] as an author to push the boundaries of the author/reader relationship."
"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!" Hartmann wrote on her website.
Hartmann even crowdsourced the title of the new book, picking The Dragon Lords among several suggestions from her fans last week.
The target publication date of her new novel is November 26, although that could change. Hartmann's previous fantasy books include the In Serein Trilogy and Vampire Solstice.
You can read the real-time writing as it happens in the widget below or visit the Google Doc.