POPULARITY Increases cell phone ownership/usage Unlimited data plans Publishing opportunities Long commutes Privacy New era of expression
CRITICISM Poor literature quality Should be classified with comic books or popular music The Web is more of a conversation. Books are more one-way Writing can be brought online in a form that will invigoratetraditional authors, hobby writers, young authors, and even peoplewho have never really thought of writing anything more than a diaryblog.
The unseen or omitted becomes a vital part of the reading experience, allowing deeper meanings and interpretations to unfold. Weight of individual words Power of cutting Teenage fad
SPREAD Asia, Europe, South Africa www.textnovel.com Similar themes as Japan
THE FUTURE? New era of minimalism, art, and expression? Could the education system use these concepts to encourageinterest in different forms of literature and a new way of expression?
WHAT IS A TWITTER NOVEL? Content that is published 140 characters at a time. A writer can go from final draft to publication in seconds. Twitter novels incorporate and exploit all the current features ofsocial media to develop followers. The novels can make extensive use of links to photos, videos andwebsites.
Tweets are archived off the Twitter platform, so that readers may accessthe novel in full without having to scroll back through tweets to find thebeginning. Twitter novels are normally abbreviated so that each post is as self-contained and interesting as a complete scene or short poem. Tweets are often scheduled to appear at regular intervals to best reach allfollowers. The novels make use of hashtags, such as #twitternovel to find commonreaders.
WHY TWITTER NOVELS? They are appealing because it can potentially reach and build alarge audience quickly. As with conventional novels, this audiencemust be developed, and in some cases an author can find a largeaudience quickly through word of mouth and viral sharing.
HOW TO START A TWITTER NOVEL Pick a topic/story line Decide how you want to format it Make sure you have a set plot Make concise sentences that move the story forwards • NO FILLERS
FORMATTING Story in chunks - A single author builds the story post bypost. He or she may already have a manuscript, but it gets chunkedout a 140 or fewer characters at a time. Single post, single story – The ultra compressed novel. Anexample is novelsin3lines by Félix Fénéon.
Collaborative story seeds -A starting post, followed by a sequence of Twitter posts contributed by followers. Author Neil Gaiman kicked off the novel with the post: Sam was brushing her hair when the girl in the mirror put down the hairbrush, smiled & said, “We don’t love you anymore.” Thousands of people have responded with the next possible sentences.
TWITTER NOVEL TIPS1. Throw Out The Manuscript Twitter is instantaneous. Serializing a manuscript may be easy, but trying tocontract and make logical sense of it in 140 character bursts is not.2. Have A Plan Although there’s no need for a manuscript, you should know where the story isgoing. The formatting for a scene provides more freedom to work within the spacesyou’ve created and allow the story to grow naturally.
3. Manage The Clock What’s great about a Twitter novel is that your content is no longer static.Depending on how committed you are, you could have events happen in real timeusing services like Tweetlater.4. Not Just Story. Events If a character is mugged at 6am, you could post a police announcement on theTwitter novel looking for the perpetrator. What are the characters listening to on theradio? Is someone calling them that’s important to the story? Use Twitpic to showa photo of one of your friends or an actor to show the reader who is calling orwhat the mugger looks like.
5. Don’t Bury The Lead More than five Twitter posts on any given day can be dangerous.You’ll induce reader fatigue, and new readers will get lost quickly. There’s an assumption that many of your Twitter followers willenjoy your work while on the go, so their time to take in a novel maybe limited to short bursts.6. Move It Forward Simply put: Each tweet should move the story forward in someway. If it doesn’t, cut it.
7. Newbies And Greenhorns Finally, you may have readers follow you after the novel hasstarted. Include link on your Twitter page of a home page.Occasionally remind readers on days that you do not update that theycan catch up at this website.
The format is still new, but it won’t be long until we start to read aboutsuccessful Twitter novelists getting publishing deals. Why? A large followingequates to a large potential customer base. If you can show you have acustomer base, you are better positioned to land a book deal. So far, publishers aren’t lining up to sign Twitter novelists. But as themedium evolves, it could become a good place to try out story ideas and seewhat can build a following. Japanese cell phone novelists have shown thatnovels in short bites can be successful.
JAPANESE SUCCESS Whatever their literary talents, cellphone novelists are racking up the kind ofsales that most more experienced, traditional novelists can only dream of. One such star, a woman named Rin, wrote “If You” over a six-month stretchduring her senior year in high school. While commuting to her part-time job orwhenever she found a free moment, she tapped out passages on her cellphone anduploaded them on a popular Web site for would-be authors. After cellphone readers voted her novel No. 1 in one ranking, her story of thetragic love between two childhood friends was turned into a 142-page hardcoverbook. It sold 400,000 copies and became the No. 5 best-selling novel of 2007.
“It’s not that they had a desire to write and that the cellphonehappened to be there,” said Chiaki Ishihara, an expert in Japaneseliterature at Waseda University who has studied cellphone novels.“Instead, in the course of exchanging e-mail, this tool called thecellphone instilled in them a desire to write.” Indeed, many cellphone novelists had never written fiction before,and many of their readers had never read novels before, according topublishers.
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