Novelist David Mitchell is publishing a short story on Twitter over the next week. In tribute, so is Channel 4 News – with your help. Our Economics Editor Paul Mason has written the first line…
Scroll down to read the full #c4novel: crowdsourced, written and published on Twitter.
He called it the “diabolical treble-strapped textual straitjacket” but author David Mitchell has nevertheless turned to Twitter to publish a new short story.
The award-winning writer of Cloud Atlas is unveiling his story tweet by tweet from the account @david_mitchell in short bursts at 7am and 5pm over seven days.
The tale, about a boy tripping on his mother’s Valium pills, began on Monday 14 July with the below opening line.
We get off the Number 10 bus at a pub called â??The Fox and Houndsâ??. â??If anyone asks,â?? Mum tells me, â??say we came by taxi.â??
— David Mitchell (@david_mitchell) July 14, 2014
Here at Channel 4 News we like a challenge, so we thought we would have a go ourselves in tribute. Our Economics Editor Paul Mason, a novelist himself, wrote the first line @paulmasonnews and we asked for our Twitter followers to write the next lines and send them in to Paul or @channel4news.
The story is below. It’s a little strange. Enjoy. #c4novel
— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) July 14, 2014
@paulmasonnews Fate had searched, then found, a way to forgive her failure to practise chromatic scales. Found it on the bedroom carpet.
— Lily Caprani (@LilyCaprani) July 14, 2014
@Channel4News didn’t matter as much as who she married
— Dina Medland (@dinamedland) July 14, 2014
— Dot (@dottfair) July 14, 2014
Overwhelmed by emotion, she cried. Her head pounding like thunder and tears running down her face like a midsummer downpour. #c4novel
— Liam Dutton (@liamdutton) July 14, 2014
— Anneka Dalrymple (@IHEARTVEGAN) July 14, 2014
— Hannah Savage (@Scoreceror) July 14, 2014
@Channel4News “I can’t, please not now, I’m afraid. I need more time”. She pleaded. Angrily he replied “No, today is the day we do this”.
— Sammy Bennett (@MissSpamula) July 14, 2014
— Cheryl McGuire (@CherylMcGuirex) July 14, 2014
She took the lid off the piano in its secret corner. “All that fuss just to get me to practise,” she thought, pressing down C sharp #c4novel
— Jennifer Rigby (@jriggers) July 16, 2014