The 140-Character Novel: Famous Authors Try Their Hands at Twitter Fiction

Hemingway made famous the six-word story with his oft-quoted “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” But is ultra-brevity a form we can expect to see more often now that being on Twitter is more popular than not? The Guardian rounded up 21 famous authors and asked them to give the 140-character story a go.

Hari Kunru gives a good short-form thriller:

And Helen Fielding shows strong with her micro-tale of marital woe:

But as Simon Armitage notes, perhaps this project isn’t worth the effort:

There are 18 more where this came from, but for me the results are mixed. Read the rest and decide for yourself, but before you go, let’s play a game: Drop your own 140-character story into the comments. I have a feeling that you guys can convince me that there’s a better way to do this.

Editor’s Note: FREE SHIRT TO THE BEST STORY (As decided by me!)