My first attempt at Twitterature

My first attempt at Twitterature

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.

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About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She is a Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020. She co-publishes Space and Time, a publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction since 1966. Join the community at spaceandtime.net
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1 Response to #Twitterature?

  1. SheilaDeeth says:

    I love your tweet Angela. May your dandelyon seeds continue to bloom in many reading minds.

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