Live Streaming Writing

I recently had the idea that somebody could write a story via a live stream.

When I first had this idea I did some searching and couldn’t find anything like this. A quick search a few minutes ago (by sheer Sod’s Law) proved me wrong – there’re quite a few. I’m watching one as I type this and it’s fairly interesting.

The core of the reason as to why I’ve had thoughts on this is because I’m often seeing friends of mine singing, drawing or painting with an audience; they share their talent with us via a feed and we can happily sit there and take part.


One friend of mine does a series of comics and various paintings on a frequent live feed. A few others share their artwork in a similar, less frequent stream. My own lover often sends out her own feed for their amazing singing (here’s her artwork, by the way). None of my friends does a writing stream, however.

So why is it that I most often see other forms of creative arts being streamed more than writing itself? I refuse to believe that writing is less of an artform.

I’ve made note that some friends feel themselves less capable of writing yet I also note that some friends think that they cannot draw. Whilst it’s true that they all have varying degrees of talent in each area I can see that more people are willing to draw and paint than they are to write something and share that with the public; it might just be that people are less inclined to write than they are to draw.

In some cases it might not even be artwork of any kind. There are quite a lot of people who do video game livestreams. There’s an internet famous one that went by recently that involved pokemon, and the player was directed by the audience’s comments.

I’m of the mind to think that it’s a stimuli thing. I see models, photographers, propmakers and artist pages on Facebook getting dozens of “likes” yet quite a few writers (especially some who aren’t quite successful, like me) I’ve seen to only have a few dozen likes ever. Look at me: I’ve got 57 like-things on my own FB page yet models, photographers, propmakers and artists get double that with significantly less time.

I can’t argue that it’s the amount of effort that’s put in to things. The other artforms take up a lot of time and effort just the same as writing does. I believe that it’s a different aspect of time, however. People are more inclined to want the quick fix. I could write several pages worth of text and get little attention whilst the picture of whatever gets more attention because people tend to take it in so much more quickly. People don’t want to read reams of text. I’m guilty of that myself.

Again, it’s not an effort thing. Lots of effort goes into creating these things for people. Often it’s the audience who want a quick stimuli-fix, so to speak, and spend a few seconds looking at images and get bored with text.

I have an interesting idea: if you’ve read through this article could you please type pi into the comments section below? Let’s see how many people read through this. 😛

Childish, I know, but it’ll be interesting to see if anyone does. Maybe you will, maybe you won’t – I’m not going to judge you.

Would a writer’s livestream interest you? In an artform like painting it’s interesting to see the constant feed of a work in progress (WIP) and interact with the artist whilst they’re doing so. I’ve spent a while in a few streams watching people draw and paint while socialising and it often comes to be a lovely atmosphere. Often the audience make suggestions or asks about the artist’s intentions and the like for what they’re seeing them do. Sometimes the artist has the audience influence what they’re doing. It could very well be the same for writer.

Imagine a stream where the writer and the audience come up with a few characters, a scenario, a theme, and then have some influence over the production of the writing. If you’d be interested in seeing something like this, let me know. I’d love to experiment with this.

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