Monday, December 6, 2010

Will It Work?

I read in The New York Times this morning that a website has been set up to encourage teenage literary activity. The website encourages teens to upload their own writing:

"'We wanted people to be able to write whatever they wanted in whatever form they wanted,' Mr. Lewis said. 'We give them a piece of paper and say, ‘Go.’ ' He added that so far contributions had included fantasy, science fiction, biographical work and long serial novels. 'There’s a very earnest and exacting quality to what they’re doing.'"

I wish it success, although I'm always a little wary of the word 'earnest' and attempts in the area of what I'll refer to as 'organised encouragement.' Some organisation is a good thing, but there has to be room for users to participate in the evolution of the thing.

There are sites out there offering similar opportunities to adult authors.

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