Literary Writing on the Web: 10 excellent examples & personal favorites of new writing online

screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-09-50-10‘How do we write when we write online?’ is the question asked by the first item on this list and by the list as a whole. We write a lot online; that’s for sure. Of course, there are discussions about the mobile phone destroying our sense of grammar, about image-biased media overturning the craft of writing, whether moving or not, and about whole populations no longer able to read books or, for that matter, anything over a thousand words.

Still, written language is very much alive on the internet, and day in day out, we write hundreds of words on Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Twitter, and so on. What does this do to the kind of language with a deep interest in language – namely the language of literature? The web must have some effect on literary writing, right? Literary writing is bound to transform in a digital context, no? Below, I’ve collected what I consider the best writing on online (literary) writing. It’s not about e-books, digital narratives or science fiction; it’s about good old Literature as found in that sphere of a medium: the Internet.

Find the contextualised list over at As We Read

Four axes: Literature in the digital age

The context or background to where my overall question about Literary Writing and / or the Web comes from:

Four axes can be discerned along which a lot of the available research in the field of literature in the digital age revolves: technology, publishing, reading and writing. These can be named ‘procedural’ because they deal not so much with the literary content, but with the external processes of making, producing, selling, consuming etc. surrounding it. “Four axes: Literature in the digital age” verder lezen

New project: Literary writing and the Web

How does literature or literary writing develop under the influence of digital media and the internet? What characteristics do web-based literary texts have, specific to the digital medium they appear on? How are such characteristics reflected in more traditionally set up and published literary works like novels, short stories and poetry issued by renowned publishers and printed on paper? And what societal and personal perspectives do these renewed forms of literary expression provide?

While research into literature in the digital era has mostly focused on procedural questions (e.g. the process of technological development, publishing, reading, and writing), the question of the literary characteristics of writing in the ‘new media’ is still an open one. A view on the literary product itself is mostly lacking; a reflection on what is called ‘content’ when talking about literature on the Web. How is literary writing influenced by the fundamental shift that the Web has brought about in the last 25 years? Can style and composition be noted to have changed, adapting dominant strategies from online culture? And what are the effects on the expressive meaning of these texts? In short, how does the internet effect the art of the written word? “New project: Literary writing and the Web” verder lezen

Online (kunst)kritiek // Hybrid criticism

Bij de presentatie van het nieuwste nummer van tijdschrift Kunstlicht op vrijdag 18 oktober had ik de eer iets te mogen zeggen over online kunstkritiek. Vanuit mijn eigen ervaring in de online literaire kritiek en met de overgang naar digitaal publiceren, kwam ik uit op wat ik heb genoemd: hybrid criticism. Hieronder mijn praatje.


Goedenavond allemaal. Ik ben blij dat ik hier ook iets mag zeggen. In het voorjaar was ik samen met Daan Stoffelsen bezig een bijdrage te schrijven voor dit Kunstlicht-nummer getiteld Art criticism in the networked age, maar vanwege (heuglijke) persoonlijke omstandigheden – hij werd vader – hebben we het niet gehaald om het op tijd af te maken. Nu kan ik toch wat dingen delen waar ik toen over heb nagedacht. In hoofdzaak gaan die over online literaire kritiek en wat ik heb genoemd hybrid criticism. “Online (kunst)kritiek // Hybrid criticism” verder lezen

Het tragische misverstand van Dave Eggers’ The Circle

Bij hard//hoofd een lang stuk over privacy, zelfkennis, en zo nog wat meer gedachtekronkels naar aanleiding van The Circle van Dave Eggers. Met mooie illustraties (o.a. van een blote piemel, dus klik).

Miriam ergerde zich groen en geel aan Dave Eggers The Circle, maar toch laat het boek haar niet los. Wat legt The Circle bloot? Onder meer dat we niet altijd begrijpen wat privacy precies inhoudt. En ja, big data en zo. Maar is het probleem dat bedrijven alles van je weten, of dat we wat ze weten als ‘alles wat er te weten valt’ zien?

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