Offering The Power To Individuals
Building an online neighborhood to create collective publications – essentially books written page by page by different individuals from around the globe – might sound like an ambitious task however it’s occurring today thanks to the power of the Internet, and more notably, the power of individuals.
It might sound foolhardy and unlikely to work in practice, however the principle of scores of inapplicable people, possibly even hundreds or thousands, interacting to create group produced publications is proving exceptionally effective.
Some contributors see it as a chance to showcase their formerly hidden imaginative skill to a large audience of encouraging and like minded possible authors. Others like the opportunity to affect a book’s storyline as it develops, and possibly present new characters, scenes or perhaps unforeseen twists and turns. For numerous, collaborative writing is just about taking part and being part of something special which could actually lead to published books which they have assisted compose.
Whatever the inspiration individuals power is having an effect, and more and more individuals from every walk of life and from every region of the world are getting involved and ‘getting the word out’.
The concept will never ever imply completion of individual authors penning great individual works (therefore it should not as where would we lack our rich culture of excellent literature from around the world), but it may make the traditional publishing industry sit up and believe. After all why would the striving author go through rejection after rejection only to discover that numerous book publishers are significantly focused on simply finding the next hit, when they can release freely on a collective composing site and gain immediate direct exposure and feedback?
More fundamentally the concept of online collective writing could be seen as the next real social evolution of the Internet after interaction and networking. These ‘Web 2.0’ practices have, rightly or incorrectly, got much global promotion and rocketed the worth of some social networking websites into the stratosphere.
However did they lead to the production of anything tangible or make it possible for previously unconnected people to work together on particular tasks? Were they concentrated on offering a voice to the formerly unheard and have they worked to harness imagination or rather, unsuspectingly, highlighted that real creation has been missing from the world-wide-web?
Giving web users the world over the methods to really develop composed works of all kinds which they can later on see in print (be these imaginary stories, poem, scholastic works, business files therefore much more), opens up the true potential of the Web.
Some critics are already saying this e-revolution is Web 2.5– the next action the Internet will make– however as always it depends on the people to decide. They will select with their mouse clicks and their recommendations, with their chats to friends and emails to colleagues. But from little starts excellent transitions have happened and although it’s still in its infancy, collective writing is acquiring momentum.
Famous authors and high profile stars are now participating in and starting imaginary stories for others to contribute to. Jeffrey Archer, author of legendary tales such as ‘Kane and Abel’, and Joanne Harris, who penned the book ‘Chocolat’ that ended up being a Hollywood film of the very same name, along with children’s author Dick King-Smith who composed the book that became the film ‘Babe’, are amongst those that like the concept of offering the power to the people. For them it’s an excellent way to see how works they start end up when lots of voices contribute to the mix.
Whatever your view, online collaborative writing is an unique concept.