Andrew Fitzgerald: Adventures in Twitter fiction
Mines the way that new forms of media create unique methods of storytelling, focusing on the current status and potential of stories on Twitter.
Notes that radio and television generated new mediums of story telling because of the unique features that each had. For example, traditional storytelling on radio morphed into a blend of rehearsed lines and live action recording, capturing the spontaneity of the moment.
Similarly, Twitter is giving rise to new stories told in unique ways. The author Jennifer Eagan, for example, collaborated with The New Yorker to tell stories in the evening, one tweet, 140 words at a time. The experience of reading a short story in a paced and segmented way is far different than sitting down to read a story in a magazine from start to finish.
Other authors have experimented successfully with writing novels, segmented into Tweets that readers follow as they are posted. The sequential novel Wolf began this way and turned into an episode 60,000 words long because of its success.
Potential for new formats still exist and are only limited by the creativity of authors and publishers.
Darin's Note: While Fitzgerald focused only on English, in Japan, for example, Twitter novels are already very popular, many times dominating best seller lists. It's interesting to think about why they have taken off more quickly in Japan than in English speaking countries.
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By Darin L. Hammond
Works for BlogCatalog, owns and writes at ZipMinis.com, and freelances as a writer and designer. Darin Publishes across the web on sites like Technorati, BC Blog, Blog Critics, Broowaha, Demand Media Studios, and Social Media Today. Google
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