Lydia Davis and Twitter: A Match Made in Heaven


For some writers, Twitter isn’t a newfangled distraction but rather an extension of the art they’ve been making all along.

Lydia Davis, whose stories often span only a few sentences, plans to give the microblogging platform a try as a new medium for her super-short fiction.

Her methods already sound sort of Twitterific. “I don’t pare down much,” she told the Guardian. “I write the beginning of a story in a notebook and it comes out very close to what it will be in the end. There is not much deliberateness about it.”

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →