A Note from the Author
A.N.Other is an attempt to write a collection of fiction using a lean start-up methodology. To do this, I am writing one prose output a week throughout 2018 and sending it round to a group of ‘super-readers’. They give their feedback (as readers, not literary critics), I incorporate it as best I can into the next week’s output. And so on.
While I currently have a small group of super-readers, I am always looking for more to add their feedback as I go along. Super-readers are not obligated to provide feedback every week, but the more feedback they give, the better I can iterate. The kind of reader I am looking for is someone who is already fond of one/some of the following: Philip K. Dick, Black Mirror, Raymond Carver, short stories. What I am NOT looking for is literary feedback. I want to get as close to the reader experience as I can. You tell me what’s broken, what you like, what you don’t like, what you feel, what you think.
A word of warning: this is very much an experiment. As with any experiment, much of the ‘data’ that I produce will not be that informative. In other words, I make no claims about the quality of the writing. All parts of this project are available for feedback.
The hypotheses I am testing are:
- That business principles can add value to an artistic product.
- That being in touch with the ‘market’ throughout the process of creation can create a better overall outcome or — at the very least — a greater understanding of how the writing itself should work.
And what I am hoping to gain from the experiment is:
- Creating a writing process where it is impossible for me to become precious about The Work because The Work is reader-responsive.
- Overriding the primary barrier to my ability to write: the solitude and isolation of doing so.
If you are wondering who I am: I am a Cambridge English graduate with an innovation background who has been writing my whole life, but never found a method that works for me. This is my attempt to de-compartmentalise my mind, and allow different parts to influence one another for the sake of making better work.