Twitter and literature. Twitterature. Twitterature? Yes, this is real. And awesome.
Fiction is not dead, people. It's just getting a digital makeover. Check out this festival
hosted by Twitter and the New York Public Library, aimed at breathing new life into fiction writing by inviting authors to tell their stories in 140-character installments. Follow the #twitterfiction and #TwitRature
Why should you pay attention? Because you might learn a thing or two about the art of the teaser.
If you feel like your tweets have gone stale, or if you're having trouble getting more engagement, draw some inspiration from these fiction tweets.
Trust me: It's no easy feat to boil a complicated story down into 140 characters that make others want to learn more. What can you cram into 140 characters? A few complete sentences, if you're lucky. How do the good writers do it?
They use active voice. Action verbs literally propel the reader forward to the next idea, and say a lot in very few words.
They revise. And revise. And revise some more. Very often, the most beautiful sentences are the shortest. Not so practical if you're live-tweeting, but if you're tweeting fiction, there's almost no excuse good enough not to draft tweets in advance to hone them down into brilliance.
They read other people's stuff. The best inspiration comes from others. Learn what to do (and what not to do) from your peers. You never know where inspiration might strike. But you have to go looking for it.
Here's one of my favorite tweets from the #twitterfiction hashtag from @sergiotodoprosa (Sergio Rodrigues):
"He was born, grew up, loved a little, got old, and just before dying realized with dismay that his life fitted into a tweet."
Do you have a favorite tweet from the bunch?