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Australian Newspaper Publishes Crowdsourced Novel

The Sydney Morning Herald recently invited its readers to help write a “crowdsourced” novel, The Necklace.

As the story was unveiled online, readers could submit the next chapter of the book. The newspaper editors chose chapters to include in the book. Follow this link to read The Necklace in its entirety.

The final book contained nine chapters written by ten different authors.  The first section came out in December. Follow this link to watch a video with more details about the book.

Here’s more from World of the Written Word: “There were rules. Each chapter had to be set in a different suburb, be strongly described, and be between 1,500 and 2,000 words. The only necessary linking element was the necklace introduced in the first chapter. Each subsequent chapter had to explain how the necklace got to be in a new suburb — given or sold, stolen or inherited, perhaps. The chapters could move back and forth in time.”

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