On Wednesday, 12th September at 9am the author will let her social network followers know that the first session is about to begin. By using the Google Docs cloud-based office suite, the author will start with a blank document and begin to write. Fans will be provided with a public-accessible web page (open document) to see the book being written before their eyes.
This will either be really interesting for fans or catastrophically boring. Also, this project should be called “Spoiler Alert.”
Editing skills: Salman Rushdie learned to say a lot in a little from writing ad copy: “You have to try to make a very big statement in very few words or very few images and you haven’t much time. All of that is, I feel, very, very useful.”
Or, you know, you could tweet.
“I pointed out that I’m not an aging bisexual alcoholic with an ancient Puritan lineage and I still managed to write a biography of John Cheever,” he said.
Looks like all my morbidly ironic tweets to qualify me to write Colson Whitehead’s bio were unnecessary.
Ignore all of this and read the next cool-looking book you see lying around. It’s not the where-you-start so much as the that-you-don’t-stop.
Or as Journey almost-sang: “Don’t stop; be read-ing“