14 Jul 2014

David Mitchell publishes story on Twitter: write your own

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.

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.

We picked our favourite lines and made a story, which you can read below. Our weather presenter @liamdutton even got involved, and our online producer @jriggers wrapped it up.

The story is below. It’s a little strange. Enjoy. #c4novel