From The New York Daily News Books Blog:
Creation through limitation is a concept that has long been familiar to writers.
We see it through the persistent use of ancient poetic forms such as haiku, as well as the experiments of the Oulipo — a French-speaking writers’ circle that can count Italo Calvino as an alumnus — in the 1960s. We still see it in many novels’ exploitation of genre conventions, and, according to Robert McCrum’s latest article in The Guardian, we also see it in the brevity enforced by microfiction and flashfiction competitions.
However, one increasingly pressing question is being asked by today’s twitterati: is this brevity, which has long been practiced — and which Shakespeare famously argues is the soul of wit — now being imposed upon writers by Twitter?
McCrum’s argument is that Twitter is changing literature. He writes of self imposed concision: “In the age of Twitter, such an innovative approach to narrative is peculiarly suggestive and potentially addictive.” Its hard to disagree.
We all know Hemingway’s six word story — “For sale: baby’s shoes, never worn”
Link to the rest at The New York Daily News and thanks to Mira for the tip.