Watch an Author Write a Novel Live on Google Docs

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Fantasy author Silvia Hartmann is doing something rather brave: just this morning she started writing her new novel on Google Docs, and is letting the world watch over her shoulder.


She's already roughed out eight chapters of The Dragon Lords—which is impressive given she only started at 9am BST. It's perhaps not yet literary gold, but there's something mesmerizing about watching her type in real time. Speaking to the Guardian, Hartmnann admitted:

"I've never done this before. I do have faith that if something fits in with my vision and potentially enhances it further, it will definitely be taken on board. I am going to trust my instincts and go with what I feel is right, all the way through. For example, if I have a character and I love him, and all the readers hate him, I'll probably stick with him. He might be redeemed further down the line, who's to say?"

Good on her, I say. Go take a look over at Google Docs. [Google Docs via Guardian]

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I finished reading A Song of Ice and Fire a couple of months ago, and, from what I learned, if she wants her novel to be successful, she needs more cravens and suckling babes and niggardly jests and people that are homely and comely (even though I can never remember which is which) and people wolfing down food and washing it down with drinks.