Twitter’s staccato bursts always give the impression of being spontaneous, no matter how well plotted-out or scheduled in advance. It’s their brevity, coupled with a lack of adjectives, I guess, along with the impluse-friendly format. Dan Baum’s tweeting the story of his New Yorker hiring and firing over a few days last May felt a bit like guerilla journalism, even if was crafted down to the last ampersand.
But tomorrow morning Rick Moody will begin tweeting a short story, “Some Contemporary Characters.” Brought to you by the always innovative guys at Electric Literature, this is not flash fiction, or a serialized public domain novel; no extemporaneous jamming here. It’s 100% purposeful, made up of 153 tweets sent out every ten minutes for the next three days. Electric Literature‘s Andy Hunter says:
In a lot of ways Rick is the perfect writer to take on the project of writing a story specifically for Twitter. He’s a great storyteller who has often set formal constraints for himself in the past, particularly in his short fiction.… In a way, the Twitter story helps to highlight the extreme attention to language a great short story writer is likely to pay.
I’m interested to see how a carefully crafted short story rubs up against the general ADD of Twitter, and I’ll be reading along. You can follow their feed whether you’re a Twitter user or not.