Abandoned Twitter Novels

Jeff VanderMeer • January 29th, 2009 @ 5:58 pm • Writing Tips

In an attempt to reconcile myself to new media, I’ve been trying to complete a Twitter novel, with no luck thus far. To at least get something out of it, here are the last 10 I abandoned.

Jamison Trast stood atop the huge clock and

Rank and shallow, they’d never be sure

Just as the fire reached his leg and

Making a shallow incision by

Shoving the pencil into

The light low on the

Torn by wasted

“Why’d you

Not here

Wait

10 Responses to “Abandoned Twitter Novels”

  1. Alex Carnegie says:

    Supermicrofiction?

    I’m unsure what the big deal is with Twitter btw, as far as I can see it’s essentially just a glorified version of the Facebook status bar…? Apparently I’m now “microblogging” if I announce to the world that I just had a cup of tea.

  2. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    I am waiting for it to actually come to a writer twittering that he’s blocked on his 140 word twitter novel.

  3. Alex Carnegie says:

    LOL!

    What about Twitter book reviews of Twitter novels (concise and to the point) or MetaTwitterFiction – Twitter stories about the writing of Twitter stores. There just wouldn’t be room though.

  4. Grant Stone says:

    I have had a number of rewrite requests for Twitter stories which have subsequently sold. Rewriting a Twitter story? Way more fun than rewriting a 100,000 worder.

  5. Will says:

    Wait.

  6. Zach Taylor says:

    Abandoned? But you were so close!

  7. jeff vandermeer says:

    Will–that almost made me do a spit take.

  8. Chaz Brenchley says:

    “Cover her face. Mine eyes dazzle. She died young.”

    Previously described as the shortest three-act play in English, but a Twitter novel covers it also.

  9. Alex Carnegie says:

    On the topic of incongruous genres/content in shorter forms, that reminds me of my favourite haiku at the moment:

    (http://jsut.deviantart.com/art/A-haiku-for-the-old-bald-man-106304996)

    “DAMMIT KOWALSKI
    HAND OVER YOUR BADGE AND GUN
    YOU ARE OFF THE FORCE”

    Makes me laugh anyway.

  10. Jim McCormick says:

    Having posted a novel at twitter at http://twitter.com/talkingcat I saw there is a different problem with comprehension in a backward reading story. I needed to post a “real” version at http://pick2prod.com Much easier to read that way. The story was written by my late wife who would have loved the idea of publishing on twitter. But having said that, she would have also loved to figure the plot for a story that starts with the ending. BTW it took about 6 months to post the story, so I can see how easy it would be to just stop

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