Writers Needed For Science!

As some of you might know, I’m an experimental psychologist. I’m currently running an online experiment for which I need writers. It takes just over half an hour – I’m afraid I can’t pay you, but you might find the experiment fun, and you’ll be doing your bit for science!

If you’re interested, do read on:

The experiment will ask you to continue writing a scene after a brief genre-based prompt to get you going. You’ll do this three times. There’s also a brief pre-experiment questionnaire and post-experiment questionnaire. Your participation is entirely voluntary and you can stop at any time.

There’s more detailed information on the experiment page itself, which you can get to via this link:


Recording the Novel, Word by Fricking Word

It is my Web 2.0 dream to create a real-time representation of writing a novelWell, maybe Web 1.0. I’m not sure I’d like to crowd-source the thing. I’d like a video, perhaps, that shows the letters appearing and disappearing. The tap of a stone mason’s hammer could accompany each new letter; a squeaky sound a deletion. Once the novel is represented in this way, the film could be speeded up. Imagine a novel taking form like a house, brick by brick. Continue reading Recording the Novel, Word by Fricking Word

On the Judgement of a Book by its Cover

I selected Michael Chabon’s Gentlemen of the Road from a 3-for-2 pile because of its wonderful cover (see the bottom of this article). That was not enough to secure my purchase, however. I got the cue to do that from a random paragraph. Continue reading On the Judgement of a Book by its Cover