Author publishes short story, one tweet at a time

Pulitzer-prize winning author Jennifer Egan isn’t waiting for the ink to dry on the pages to publish her new short story “Black Box.” Last night, Egan began publishing her short story via Twitter. Over the course of an hour, Egan tweeted a single line from her latest work every minute. The trend will continue over the course of nine days with the story concluding June 9.

Author Jennifer Egan to publish short story, tweet by tweet

Writing in 140 character segments sounds brutal, but Egan actually wrote “Black Box” with Twitter in mind.  Using Twitter’s character counting tool, the short story was crafted over the course of year.

Though Egan’s idea may sound innovative, she’s not the first to publish fiction in digital snippets. In 2008, Penguin Books launched the “We Tell Stories” where six authors used interactive media, including Twitter, to publish their stories.

If you don’t have the patience to read 60 tweets over the course of an hour, you can get daily updates of “Black Box” here.

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