Here’s the link to “EPIDERMIS;” my Twitter short story in 16 tweets and here are images of the story:
Is Twitterature a gimmick with no artistic value? Or is it a new medium that offers new possibilities and avenues for creativity?
While many believe that Twitterature isn’t serious, worthy of much attention, I would argue that it is, indeed, a worthy pursuit.
Twitter stories require craft, skill, imagination. They offer more than just a series of 140-character lines of language.
- No matter how brief, Twitter stories follow narrative arcs with beginnings, middles and ends and hint at worlds that lay underneath the surface.
- They rely on figurative language and employ literary devices. Metaphor, simile, hyperbole, alliteration abound. Paradox and irony are employed and can even be heightened with hashtags.
- In longer Twitter stories, authors must contend with questions relating to line breaks.
- Moreover, Twitter permits author and follower/audience to interact and even to participate in storytelling with messaging back and forth.
- When tweets are tweeted at intervals, this type of literature also builds suspense, increasing readers’ enjoyment.