Cheater · 8 November 2014

I must admit that I am a cheater. But do not tell the Twitter police.

When it comes to #TwitterFiction, I do not follow the rules. Or at least the rules that I perceive to be in place for such endeavors. Twitter fiction and flash fiction and short, short, short fiction seem to dictate that the author sit down and just compose something in the moment. That there is no forethought or planning. That whatever comes out, comes out. So when I write Twitter fiction, I suppose that my audience (whether real or imaginary) thinks I am writing impromptu.

I must confess that I am not.

This confession comes with much soul searching for I have put out several Twitter fiction pieces already. Every time that I post another part of my short fictional pieces, I wonder whether anybody will find out that I have already written them beforehand and am just putting them out a little at a time. I wonder if somebody will call me a fraud. Or worse, I wonder if somebody will rat me out to the Twitter police.

Which brings up an interesting thought. I wonder if the Twitter police actually enforce more than just abusive or threatening behavior. If they scold people for using improper hashtags (see Blogging on the Wrong Day). If they give out fines for typing too fast. Or if they put you in Twitter jail for cheating at Twitter fiction. I wonder if there is even a Twitter police force out there at all.

If there is not a Twitter police force, I am sure there is some Twitter vigilante group somewhere. Tweeters who keep the improper hashtag users at bay. Who point out the improper grammar users. Who scold people for making fun of the slow typers. There must be a group out there making Twitter safe for us all.

But I digress. Maybe because I cannot bear the admission that I am indeed a Twitter cheater.

If there are degrees of Twitter sin, I suppose that creating Twitter fiction beforehand and putting it out on Twitter as flash fiction or fiction created on the fly must be a minor one. It cannot be a deadly sin or there would be no Twitter fiction at all. Surely people cannot just post what they create, when they create it. They cannot be creative on the fly. Can they?

Then again, people post before they think all the time. They forget that the internet is forever. That it captures all our posts, good and bad. So maybe there really are people who create Twitter fiction as they post. Maybe I am the only one who does not.

Regardless, I feel better now that I have made my confession. Maybe people will think less of me now that they know I am a Twitter cheater. That is okay. I can take the abuse and the labels people might give me. Still, if there is a Twitter police force out there keeping cyberspace free from improper posters (im-posters?) and posers, do not let them know that I cheat at Twitter fiction.

© 2014 Michael T. Miyoshi

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