You've probably thought about writing & how it could benefit from collaboration before. After all, group perspective can provide more material, more expertise, and more perspectives than any individual writer, right? But, what about one sentence at a time?
Well, if you do crowdsource the writing of a book this way, the result is a mix of interesting and confusing. That is what one crowdsourcing project is proving:
In this case, this work is perhaps the most literally crowd-written book, written 140 characters at a time by online volunteers. It is monster of a story that is the brainchild of thousands of people. The site is appropriately titled: TheCollaboWriters. The website is an idea by Chicago artist Willy Chyr.
Hover over the sentences, and you will see who has contributed to the book so far, a neat effect, really.
How are the sentences chosen? Each sentence is decided upon by a voting system, and the popular sentences stay while the upopular fade away.
As far as I can see at the moment, the novel is up to page 4. Take a look, and maybe add your own sentence if you're feeling the urge.
Will this experiment work, or will it suffer from chaos and unavoidable absurdity? Is it any different from crowdsourcing your own coloring book?
Whatever the case, I'm itching to create the next crowdsourcing article one sentence at a time. Anyone game?