Here are some interesting things about writing Epic Retold that I have never told anyone (well, not really):
The first tweets that I drafted were total rubbish, but I thought they were cool. It took two kind friends to put me straight. Luckily, they stopped me before I went live.
A crucial aspect of making a story work is the ‘attitude’ (which goes beyond mere ‘voice’) of the protagonist. This is even more crucial in #Twitterfiction, where you have more demanding audiences. I found first-person telling the most effective to capture this on Twitter.
When I started ER in 2009, I had every intention of finishing it within a few months. It took me a few years.
I thought the 140-character limit would be limiting. I actually found it liberating.
I think of the Mahabharata as an anti-war story.
I think of ER an anti-war story, for which I draw from the principles of Peace Journalism and similar.
I struggled writing the love scenes. I also struggled writing the killings at Kurukshetra.
But I had great fun drawing in Marshall McLuhan into the fray and have Krishna say, when Ghatotkacha is killed: “Any advanced weapon is indistinguishable from magic to many!
I had tears in my eyes when I killed Ghatotkacha.
ER was written on an iPhone, iPad, and Mac; at home, at work, between lectures, at dinner, at airports, in airplanes, on buses, in cars… but much of it was written in a Subway in Landsdowne , Bournemouth.
I saw the bearded face of Hemingway when I struggled with the dialogue in ER.