Novelist David Mitchell, the award-winning author of Cloud Atlas, is tweeting a new short story set in the universe of his upcoming book, Bone Clock.
Following the experiences of a boy tripping on his mother’s Valium, the short story, dubbed “The Right Sort” is being tweeted from @David_Mitchell in short bursts. Every day at 7am and 5pm for the next week Mitchell will send a 20-tweet burst to add to the story.
As The Guardian reports, Mitchell explains that The Right Sort follows a boy who likes taking Valium to deal with the world because it “reduces the bruising hurly-burly of the world into orderly, bite-sized ‘pulses'” – much the same way that Twitter reduces thought to short 140-character “pulses”.
Mitchell said that he had the idea to write something for Twitter for some time, but that he wanted a story that would lend itself to writing on Twitter, as opposed to simply using Twitter as a gimmick.
He went on to explain his reason for being so intrigued by Twitter as a creative vehicle:
“…I think this alters how the text is read. Reading off a page is like looking down at a landscape from a balloon – your eye ‘sees’ the story as well as reads it, its layout, its paragraphs and structure, and ‘remembers’ what it just read because it’s still there, on the page, simultaneously. If you want to, you can reread any line instantly; or linger; or speed up; or optically ‘flinch’. Reading a series of tweets is more like looking through a narrow window from a train speeding through a landscape full of tunnels and bands of light and dark. Each tweet erases its predecessor.”
Tune into @David_Mitchell to follow along.
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