The Guardian newspaper in the U.K., for example, challenged 21 writers, including romance novelist Jackie Collins and Bridget Jones author Helen Fielding, to come up with a story of up to 140 characters, or one sentence.
And some novelists are employing Twitter in different ways. American writer Christopher Carter Sanderson is penning a novel in 1,000 Tweets, a project that began Oct. 2. The final installment of 1,000, a Novel in Tweets, will tweet on New Year's Day.
"I wanted to be part of taking an established form and growing it into a new way of communicating," Sanderson told TheStreet. "I like the challenge and felt that literature is growing and changing."Sanderson has over 9,000 followers for @1000theNovel, which he describes as a coming-of-age novel set in a fictional preppy New Jersey high school. Set in 1980, the novel's central character is a teenager called Moe Taswell. "He becomes a senior and a lot of momentous things happen," said Sanderson. "The very concentrated, very short bursts of information
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