Friday, February 15, 2013


November is national novel writing month. Participants are challenged to write 50,000 words in one month. (For the math adverse that is 1666.67 words per day)

One group decided to take a different approach. they decided to write the entire novel in one day. So they opened a Google Doc and invited anyone to help with the writing. This is what they wrote. Title: Digi Daze

This may not be your cup of tea, but there is more. I was in a webinar with one of the organizers of this novel and we wrote a crowdsourced poem in half an hour. We wrote Mayhemism 

This might be possible in a regular classroom. However, as with most things some ground rules actually help the process. As Jesse Stommel says,
"A potential pitfall of this sort of work is a variation of the bystander effect, whereby participants will see a problem or gap in the document but assume someone else will fix it. The more collaborators involved, the more the effect is amplified. One solution is to delegate ownership of different parts of the process to each participant. While smaller scale collaborations (of 2 or 3) are simpler logistically, they still present certain challenges."

To see a 30 minute poem being written try the YouTube video (yes it is sped up)

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