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LA Times Serial Novel: Spinning Out of Control–Paper Begs for Pro Writers

Steve Lopez started a serial novel at the Los Angeles Times, but those pesky amateurs are so useless. Sue Horton sent this missive:

Are you at that point in writing something that you’d rather scrub the kitchen floor with a toothbrush than type another word? DO NOT DESPAIR.You see, we’ve started a serial novel at the LA Times, and it needs a new chapter every day. So, instead of solving your own intractable writing problems, you can help solve ours. The problem so far isn’t too few submissions–our slowest day has brought about 100, and our busiest more than 700. But, after a week of chapters by writers without much experience, the plot is spinning a little out of control. We sure could use some real writers among the entrants. If you’re bored and looking for a gig that pays nothing and carries no guarantee of publication, PLEASE consider entering. You can read the novel so far at www.latimes.com/novel. (Today’s chapter will be up by 7 p.m.) Sorry for the impersonal email, and looking forward to what happens next. I think.

Why not just hire a couple of novelists and be done with it?

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