Oh: URL for D. Sovern Twitnovel, ‘TweetHeart’? It’s http://tweetheartnovel.com/index.html. He begins posting actual fiction @ 9:30 a.m. PST.
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Still, hats off to Twitnovelist Doug Sovern: Communicating in 140-character messages takes focus, craft, abbrevs, and good delete key.
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Wonder what’s next in Twitnovel universe: War & Tweets? To Tweet a Mockingbird? Sometimes a Great Tweet? The Sound and the Tweeting?
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First take on Sovern Twitnovel, titled ‘TweetHeart’: That’s so 2008. Second take: Isn’t everyone in Berkeley troubled/estranged/talented?
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KCBS reporter Doug Sovern begins Twitter novel this a.m.. Plot: Zoe, troubled/estranged/talented Berkeley street dweller, tells her story.
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  • lenni sanders

    Sovern’s novel is not what I expected but probably the way it would be if Zoe were alive and suffering. Curious to see what happens 2 her. Be kind in your reviews. It’s something new and needs 2 be encouraged. New to twitter but enjoying every tweet.

  • Dan Brekke

    I think anyone who’s engaged in any kind of creative endeavor ought to be cut a little slack.


    But let us observe 1) that this isn’t even the first Twitter-type novel with some variation of the title “TweetHeart,” 2) that the novel tries to turn Twitter on its head by reversing the order of tweets, and 3) that the novel opens with a series of cliches, including the silent-groan-inducing line, “Are you there God?”

    • Doug Sovern

      Hi Dan,

      I just saw these comments, ten days after the fact!
      Curious as to what you think of it, 10 days in, if you’re still following it.
      Not sure what you mean by “reversing the order of tweets,” though. ???
      The opening cliches were intentional. Meant to reflect Zoe’s self-consciousness and immaturity. A failed attempt perhaps!


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke (Twitter: @danbrekke) has worked in media ever since Nixon's first term, when newspapers were still using hot type. He had moved on to online news by the time Bill Clinton met Monica Lewinsky. He's been at KQED since 2007, is an enthusiastic practitioner of radio and online journalism and will talk to you about absolutely anything. Reach Dan Brekke at dbrekke@kqed.org.

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