Writing fiction through Twitter seems a bit bizarre to me, but I can see its potential. Collaborating with people could be really interesting (though I can’t help but imagine a bunch of 12 year olds spamming your awesome story with #crap), and writing a whole story, or even a suite of poems, in 140 character bursts could be cool too.
With this in mind, Twitter will launch their first ever Twitter Fiction Festival, running from November 19 – 28 2012. All you have to do is come up with a way to write your fiction through Twitter, submit your idea to them and make it happen. You can see more about the festival on Twitter’s blog.
It could be challenging, but I think this will be a good way to fuse an older form of writing with a newer one – mix it up a bit. One of my favourite authors, Jennifer Egan, released her story ‘Black Box’ tweet by tweet.
And who could forget Ernest Hemingway’s shortest story ever?
“For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
Even though it’s got nothing to do with Twitter or technology, I can imagine that if Hemingway were writing today he’d be all over this 140 character story thing. And if it’s good enough for my imaginary Hemingway, it’s good enough for the rest of us, right?