Why I’m inviting Twitter to write a novel with me

Clayton J. Hester
2 min readJan 15, 2022
Photo by Claudio Schwarz on Unsplash

It’s a big party, and everyone’s invited.

That’s the idea behind my latest experiment in serial storytelling. I’m inviting you to help me write a novel, one Tweet at a time.

Now, if you’re anything like me, your first question is probably: What the heck is “serial storytelling”, and why should I care?

Serial novels are already something that the internet has begun to dig into.

Serial storytelling has been around in different forms — being published in magazines in the past — but it’s experiencing a resurgence thanks to the magic of the Internet. So I’m taking advantage of that fact, and inviting you to help me write a novel by sending me one Tweet at a time.

Of course, this is not going to be your average serial tale. We won’t be crafting a story that unfolds one chapter at a time. After all, that’s not much of an experiment! We will be writing something more than just chapters — we’ll be crafting the entire narrative arc in just 280-character chunks.

But what exactly is this “serial Tweet novel” I’ve been talking about?

It starts out like so: “Down, down the hill. The windshield erupted in on her, and the wind and rain came flying through, scattering the papers sitting in the passenger seat.”

Come join in!

Clayton J. Hester

Country boy. Explorer of the creative process & life, the arts, storytelling, innovation and history of ideas. Omnia in gloriam Dei facite — claytonjhester.com