Has Twitter spawned a new literary genre? I have been connected to Twitter via my blog for some time now, but have only recently started using it to Tweet about life, experiences, thoughts and musings, pictures of books etc… And so I have now come across such concepts at #TwitterFiction Festival, twitterature (coined by Penguin US), and the storyella – perhaps retelling a classic tale in 120 characters, or writing fiction across a series of connected Tweets. This Guardian article takes the example of the writer Teju Cole, whose short story about a middle aged man who suffers a heart attack unfolds over 35 Tweets.
This is an interesting concept, and illustrates just how much the literary world is changing. I wonder how I can incorporate it into my Tweeting. Telling a story over a series of short sentences is a challenge, and will require different techniques to write. And what about reviewing books via Tweets? Preferably ones that didn’t have long titles, I suppose. Reviewing “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” wouldn’t leave much room for anything else.