Woman Writes Novel on Her Blackberry

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This can't be very efficient.

Georgina Campbell, a British woman, wrote a 55,600-word novel on her Blackberry, the Herald Sun reports.

The book, The Kickdown Girls, took four months to pen. Apparently Campbell had watched a movie called Attack the Block. She hated it and claimed she could write something better. So she did… maybe.

One Amazon reviewer railed against the novel: "I could barely finish the first chapter. Appalling grammar, crudely written it's almost in text-speak. It reads as if written by a child," wrote AvidReader, the article reports.

Maybe should she have written it on an iPhone, which would at least autocorrect.

Of course, Campbell isn't the only person to write and publish novels in completely nontraditional ways.

In 2009, Matt Stewart released his entire novel on Twitter, the Huffington Post reports.

The first page of his tome, The French Revolution, went out one tweet per minute for the first page and one post every 15 minutes after that.

The novel isn't written in 140-character bursts. Stewart just hopes that hosting the entire thing on the social network will get people reading snippets--like a trailer before the feature presentation, the clips might pull people into the larger text.

Or, they might not.

"Twitter is the delivery mechanism, not the defining structure," Stewart wrote in his column about the release. "While I think my whiplash sentences will be compelling in 140-character bursts, it also may backfire."

That same year, another writer experimented with penning--or should we say tapping?--her novel on an iPhone, WritersTechnology.com reports

Cheryl Kaye Tardif, author of Whale Song, decided to write her next book on her phone by accident. She says inspiration came when she was watching TV one night. Afraid of losing the spark, she started writing her ideas in the Notes application. Before she got to a computer, Tardif had already written the first couple paragraphs of the suspense novel.

So, she decided to write Finding Bliss, a first-person suspense story told from the perspective of a teenage girl, entirely via touchscreen. It's partially for the convenience--ideas crop up at all hours--but even Tardif admits it's a little bit of a stunt.

"To be honest, writing Finding Bliss in this way makes this novel unique, intriguing, and very pitchable to a publisher and sponsors," she says in the article.

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