I was one of four winners of a contest to write a “life story” in five parts that could each be “tweeted”—that is, they’re 140 characters or shorter. My story, “He Hardly Remembers the Crisis from Childhood,” is being posted this week (December 28—January 1).
You can go the suspenseful route and read one each day on Nanoism’s Twitter page (you don’t have to be a Twitter user to read this), or you can wait until Friday and see the whole thing on their blog.
When I first saw the contest, I thought I wouldn’t enter because the assignment was too hard! But then I started playing around. Three pieces came easily, and the format pushed me to work on it some more instead of putting it aside. Now I have the first installment open in another browser window that I can’t close. I wrote that. Not quite the same as having a book in my hands, but that’s mine. Also a little bit of irony—I hardly remember what I submitted, after all the writing and rewriting.
What a happy way to go into the new year!
P.S. Thanks to Meg for the description “novel haikus.”
P.P.S. Nanoism the e-zine doesn’t have anything to do with NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month