The Twitter Story Writing Challenge16:54
For some, this challenge may seem like it's going to suck. But if you give it a shot, we're confident everyone can have a really good time, expand their literary minds, and help generate some awesome stories that we can share with the larger WEbook community. The world of possibilities is open and waiting for your submission. Some details:
Nutshell: Write a story consisting of seven tweets.
Full Nut: Even if you hate, loath, or don't know what Twitter is, you can do this challenge. A single tweet is limited to 140 characters (including spaces). So all we're really asking you to do is write a story in seven segments of 140 characters each (or less). Why are we mixing the blue bird into the stew? Few reasons:
- You can do cool things like add links to tweets. Links to photos or Wikipedia articles or anything else to complement the elements of your story. When you add links, it's helpful to use a shortening program like Bit.ly or tinyurl. Both of these are free to sign up for and easy to use.
- We can Tweet your stories and share them with all of the WEbook followers (if you didn't know, we have around 3,500 followers...kind of a big deal). This way everyone can get in on this story action, and we don't have to think of things to tweet for a while.
- As writers, Twitter can be a useful tool to connect with other writers, share your work, and in general open up a new section of the digital-world. So this could be a good way to dip your toe in the waters of Twitter River.
We realize this challenge might still be a little hard to understand. A little abstract. So the WEbook editorial team got together, decided to go out on a limb, and wrote our own Twitter story. This is that story. In memory of the Steampunk Challenge from last month we put a Giant Robot in it:
The Wizard and the Robot
1878. The Mad Wizard of Greenwhich unleashed his Giant Robot upon London. Thousands died. More fled. We alone endure. http://bit.ly/jw9h4A
The Wizard disappeared. Many searched for him. All lost. I must now leave the sheltered subway tunnels to find him. http://bit.ly/mJnR43
Charred and broken buildings. Empty streets. The hollow metallic cry of the Giant Robot in the distance. I move north. http://bit.ly/kokt5E
The Robot hunts me. But I am fast and smart and hard to catch. In the distance there is a tower. I am close. http://bit.ly/ig9b4s
No guards, pits, or magic death-traps. Just stairs upwards. Then the Wizard. Sitting by the window and waiting. http://bit.ly/l5N11n
"You're the tenth one to make it," he says. "But I can't help you kill the Robot. Go home. Forget me. Forget hope." http://bit.ly/jVrvyL
This won't do. I won't give up. If the Wizard won't help then I'll find another way. A better way. The Robot must die. http://bit.ly/k05408
So there it is. That's your example. You can write about anything, though. It can be totally robot and wizard free. It can be about a girl picking out an ice-cream cone. Someone should do that one.
Word count wise, this one's a little tricky. Our word count editor will not avail you here. The best options are:
Create or use your own Twitter account, type your tweet in from there (they have a counter), and then paste it into your challenge/entry thing.Write the entry in Word, then highlight each individual "tweet," go to the Review tab, select Word Count, then align your word count so that Characters (with spaces) is equal to 140.
The deadline to enter this challenge is May 31, 2011 at 10 PM. We'll select winners and announce them on the blog as usual, but we'll also tweet a large portion (or even all) of the entries from our own Twitter account (3500+ followers) to share the literary love. Note: if you don't want us to tweet you, just write DNT (do not tweet) at the end of your entry.
To enter the challenge, head on over and start a new chapter of the Twitter Story Writing Challenge.
We hope you enjoy this one. Fly, you blue birds of written glory!