@David_Mitchell is the author of the popular book, Cloud Atlas, which became a film in 2012. With his newest release, The Bone Clocks, on the horizon, Mitchell has begun penning a 6,000 word short story, The Right Sort, via Twitter every day as a companion to the novel. It’s set in 1978.

Mitchell will unveil his tale, about a boy tripping on his mother’s Valium pills, in Twitter’s 140-character bursts for the next seven days. 

– The Guardian

Here are the first few tweets:

https://twitter.com/david_mitchell/status/488563565838622720

https://twitter.com/david_mitchell/status/488563796990914560

https://twitter.com/david_mitchell/status/488564047810273280

https://twitter.com/david_mitchell/status/488564300751986688

Mitchell isn’t the first to use twitter in this way; the Twitter Fiction Festival is an example of other narratives in just 140 characters. Even before social media, there were short pieces such as Ezra Pound’s poem, “In A Station of the Metro,” which would be perfect for Twitter.

The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.