Yesterday I came across the concept of using a Tweet as a literary form on Sheila Deeth’s blog. She did “The Bloody Valentine Blog Hop in 140 characters.”
Her post consisted of 140 character Tweets about the darker side of Valentine’s Day. The result is a tightly written mental punch to the jaw – distilled amour noir. I loved the idea.
The limitation of a Tweet’s 140 characters forces the author to get down to the nuts (no room for bolts) of their idea. Like gemstones, the limitations serve as cuts to make the beauty of the words apparent.
It made me wonder if Haiku didn’t start out a similar way centuries ago. Somewhere, in our ancient past, maybe someone realized the ink in their brush only held enough for 17 phonetic sounds, or morae, in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5. They decided to embrace the discipline of economy and a new literary form was born. It might have happened like that.
Regardless, I decided to have a play at a literary Tweet myself, and did a search on the idea. I found that there is such a thing as “Twitterature,” a portmanteau of Twitter and literature, and an annual #Twitter Fiction Festival. Here’s my first attempt at Twitterature – try your own #Twitterature and link it in the comments here so I can read it.