I’ve already talked about how we live in an age of distraction. Before Twitter, there was postcard fiction; now with the popularity of the 140-character statement comes micro- or nanofiction.
Twitter fiction isn’t new; writers took this new medium early and made it their own. If you follow the hashtag #vss (very short story), then you will notice that there are daily themes and a few stories posted every day. There are other hashtags you can follow, too, but I find I’m happy with the #vss.
I’m not a fiction writer… not yet anyway. But today I made a first foray into twitter fiction based on my post from Friday:
The beating got louder as he walked towards the door and opened it. “Home” he thought as he grabbed the heart and put it in chest. #vss
This idea of a literalized version of the expression “home is where the heart is” has been floating in my mind since I wrote the post, but I don’t think I could have written a longer story about it. So here’s the result: a story that fits in a tweet.
I don’t know if Twitter fiction will gain any literary importance, but it’s a fascinating new form that deserves a more in-depth look.
Stories that can be consumed in a few seconds definitely fit this short attention span era. Do you think microfiction has a future beyond Twitter?