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"Twitter Fiction" Challenge

We've heard Patch bloggers complain about not being able to get their point across in the prescribed amount of wording and though some can make a thesis out of a Facebook status update, with Twitter, it's all about keeping it short.

The Guardian challenged 21 fiction writers to try their hand at "Twitter Fiction" - putting together a story in the 140 characters alloted to a tweet. While their loose characterization "140-character novels" might be a stretch, there's some real genius in the turning of a phrase. It's all about finding the right words.

Mini-stories? You decide:

Rachel Johnson

Rose went to Eve's house but she wasn't there. But Eve's father was. Alone. One thing led to another. He got 10 years.

SJ Watson

She thanks me for the drink, but says we're not suited. I'm a little "intense". So what? I followed her home. She hasn't seen anything yet.

Ian Rankin

I opened the door to our flat and you were standing there, cleaver raised. Somehow you'd found out about the photos. My jaw hit the floor.

So here's my challenge to some of our bloggers and regular posters - how well can YOU do in 140 characters or less (and hashmarks count)?

Check them all out at theGuardian.com


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