Monday, August 25, 2008

Why Write When Computers Can Do It For You?

I don't have much time to write--what with that whole DNC thing here in Denver--but I had to post about this. I stumbled across this article from Financial Times called "Click Lit," which is about computer software that helps aspiring writers pound out their novels in a very Choose-Your-Own-Adventure manner. They present different character archetypes and plot devices while promising to stir up creativity in a way that would be otherwise impossible. In my opinion, however, programs such as these are virtually raping the creative process.

For example, one UK program, NewNovelist, states, "Let's be frank - time is money. You need to get your book out, like, yesterday." When did writing novels become all about the money they can generate? When did the process lose its appeal and the writer lose her place in the formation of the book? Writing is supposed to be hard--otherwise, everyone would be doing it. If you write your book without working a little bit, how can you take any pleasure in the finished product that will probably not be published, anyway?

I'm a little bit disgusted. Actually, I'm a lot disgusted.

Here's the article, if you're interested: http://us.ft.com/ftgateway/superpage.ft?news_id=fto082220082220576827&page=2

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