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:
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
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
I once read that, before sitting down to write The StandOne of my favourite ever books, Stephen King put a single sentence on his noticeboard. It was enough to put him in the space where he could write the novel.
That sentence was:
Randall Flagg is a dark man.
If that sentence doesn’t conjure an entire world in your head, it sounds as though you’ve haven’t read The Stand. The only thing to do is pootle off and read it.
Via Roger’s Plog, I’ve just come across a list by Rachel King, author of the Sound of Butterflies, in which she places all those items that she needs to ‘fall through the hole in the paper’.
I thought it might be interesting to come up with a list of the things that somewhat describe the ‘feel’ of my novel. Desert Island Objects, if you will, with the desert island being the novel itself.
Oh, and the synopsis.
UPDATE: Roger’s list is in the comments of Rachel’s article, a couple of other lists too…
What we have here is an examination of my attempt at writing a novel.
Says Richard Galbraith over at his blog. Looks interesting.
The book’s primary purpose from the beginning was an exercise in self-exploration, no real want or need to get it published.
Good grief. He sounds awfully balanced about the whole thing.
It’s been an embarrassingly long time since I updated this blog. The last proper entry was posted on the 17th of March. While there are several reasons for the slow down — a trip to Germany, a ton of student marking — the chief problem is that this blog is meant to document my writing life and, to put it plainly, I haven’t had much of a writing life recently.
There are many senses in which the writing life is an easy one. For example, one sits down a lot. The commute is short. No boss pops up like the shopkeeper in Mr Ben to ask why you’re checking Facebook when you know very well that the invoice for eight thousand and one paperclips should have gone out eighteen minutes ago.