Can a Wiki Write a Novel? Ask Penguin.

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on February 1, 2007

We are only beginning to understanding the wisdom—or folly—of crowds so this great experiment by Penguin books in getting a huge number of people around the world to actually write a novel is important.

Penguin has created a space where anyone can contribute to the narrative and anyone can edit. Traditionally, of course, the novel has been the realm of the individual, so this is a huge change, if successful. I can’t wait to read it—Penguin is giving it six weeks to completion.

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karina

August 1, 2007 8:37 PM

I BEGAN writing my novel Home Products in the summer of 2003, a few weeks before my wife gave birth to our first child.
But even before I began work on the book I bought a black hardcover sketchbook. In its pages, I started writing down whatever I liked in what I happened to be reading. Among the earliest journal entries is the opening line of a review that had appeared, in the New York Times, of the film "The Hours". This was also the opening line of a novel by Virginia Woolf. I cut it out and pasted it in my journal. "Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself."
There are no notes around that neatly cut out quote but I can imagine why it had appealed to a first-time novelist. You read Woolf's line and are suddenly aware of the brisk entry into a fully-formed world. No fussing around with irrelevant detail and back-story. And I began to write various opening lines.
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