New Reader Interaction Ideas

12 years ago | G.S. Williams (Member)

So I was surfing the net and a little while ago I came across this great Novelr guest article by Cecilia Tan:

I really liked her idea for inspiring donations from her audience by setting targets for specific storylines and plot twists, so that readers got to get involved in shaping the details of the story itself. That's a lot cooler than just asking for random donations, or just having say a three update a week schedule and giving a bonus chapter.

So for anyone who's following "The Surprising Life and Death of Diggory Franklin" I challenged my readers to submit storyline ideas, and after I've had a few I'll do a poll for what the audience finds the most interesting, and set donation goals for that target. The blog about it is here:

I think inviting your audience to tell you what they'd like to see in a plot is a little risky, but also fun for interaction -- especially since they're mainly asking for greater detail on things they've already seen hinted at. It gives me as a writer insight into the corners of the story world that I might have a blind spot for, but that readers want to see.

Anyone else have their own ideas on reader interaction? What's working for you?

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  1. M.C.A. Hogarth (Member)

    Posted 12 years ago

    For about four years I wrote an online novel where people who paid could vote to influence the story. That was an adventure! For all of us!

  2. G.S. Williams (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Nobody else has commented on this in a long time, but I'm trying something new (for me). One of my characters, Dahlia, had to submit a philosophical treatise on how she'll be a citizen of her new community, and I'm inviting readers (and other writers) to comment and critique her statement to improve it.

    I'm hoping it develops an interesting historical/political/philosophical conversation but so far it hasn't received much attention -- probably because I've had a lot of interruptions in my writing schedule. Having a wife pregnant with twins will do that -- but I've managed to make more time for writing lately so hopefully readers will notice.

    Here's a link to the chapter in question:


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