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