#testcut is immediacy in writing beyond anything possible until recently. If Dickens released his work in installments and Andy Weir (the Martian) in blogposts - Keroac on an onionskin loop - this is something even more free flowing, conversational. Yet cut up, as the title implies. A Tarantino-Lynch-Pynchon linearity maps its course.
Test Cut, an alternate title for Arisugawa Park, now given its rightful place in the sun as an original work. Each 10 tweets a unit, like movie cuts, but taken from throughout a novel that I have not yet mapped. Subconscious meanderings that eventually thicken, cohere. Or not - this is the high-wire writing, without a net.
The book actually began two weeks ago in a muddle of Tweets that did not know they had a theme. Here, for clarity, the gestation phase:
First there were skirmishes, then there were wars. Then an uneasy peace pervaded the place. Only the place had ceased to exist. #pitmad
To a place where time, if not exactly still, is very nearly silent. #earthfabric
When procrastination is not an option, empty your mind & begin without aim. Themes will sort themselves out. #endurancewriter
One to admire, one to cast aside. One for the road. #endurancepose
Faced with a decision, circumspect. Timed release, I'll be out of the room by the time––
Amiable, egalitarian, her hair glinted in a certain light. Foggy.
Truth twisted with a hint of rye. I took the news straight. #notcircumspect
Circumstances dictate that I write this on this on toilet paper, in lemon ink. You will know why when I escape. #hethought
You will never know the ways I tried to find a place that we two could share. Hopeless. #shethought
Crisp, her eyes shone in the light. How do we stay afloat? #notyet
When the world catches up, it is time to move on.
* If my literary forensics research is correct, Twitter novels have been in existence since 2011, taking form 140 words at a time. Micro novels are particularly popular in Japan, presumably written on crowded commute trains where there is just room to maneuver a cell phone (a phenomenon I know well).
I do not find direct parallels to a hashtag novel, grouped around a specific hashtag that is non-platform dependent. If Test Cut begins with sketched sentences, ideas on Twitter, it will be molded, refined on a platform that allows paragraphs (Facebook?) and perhaps take chapter-level form on one that enables longform content (Medium).
** At some point the novel will be presented in a streaming form for academic literary forensics sorts to puzzle through and gain greater insight into one writer's technique and sensibility.