January 13th, 2010

Are ebooks and the Internet changing the future of writing?

An article over at NPR begins “Ten years ago, few imagined that by decade's end, people would be reading novels on cell phones. A lot has changed in the book world. "Over the last couple of years, I've really noticed if I sit down with a book, after a few paragraphs, I'll say, 'You know, where's the links? Where's the e-mail? Where's all the stuff going on?' " says writer Nicholas Carr. "And it's kind of sad."”

I find that to be so true. And I’m old[ish]. What about people like Teen, who can’t imagine a world without the Internet? She is a good reader, but not nearly as enthralled as I was. Then again, she has some actual talents, like playing a half-dozen stringed instruments. I was pretty much only good at reading.

In the same article, Lev Grossman, the book critic for Time and an author himself says, "It will be incumbent on novelists to hook readers right away. You won't be allowed to do a kind of tone poem overture, you're going to want to have blood on the wall by the end of the second paragraph. And I think that's something writers will have to adapt to, and the challenge will be to use this powerfully narrative form, this pulpy kind of mode, to say important things."

Here’s the NPR article. And here’s the article Nicholas Carr wrote 18 months ago for The Atlantic.



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Look what I got in the mail!

The paperback of Face of Betrayal, due out January 31.

And first pass pages for Girl, Stolen, due out in October.

[Tip: to keep alert while reading your pass pages, imagine how awful it will feel if you got the real book, opened it, and saw some glaring error staring back at you.]



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