cory arcangel

#WrknOnMyNovel

The idea of a Twitter Installation piece sounds absurd, but then you see Cory Arcangel’s @WrknOnMyNovel, and there’s no other way to describe art installed in 140 character increments. 

Initially, there’s something comic about this feed, which consists of retweets of people who are drinking white wine or are listening to Coldplay and are working on their novel. But over the course of the feed, the piece doubles back. There are very few people who can say they’re working on their novel with a firm basis in reality. But these hobby novelists  press on. The feed reminds me of the recent Onion piece, “Find The Thing You’re Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life.

It’s too bad there’s something ironic about following the instructions we were given in fifth grade about pursuing our dreams. And yet, there’s also something inspiring about people who are writing despite the odds. For most writers, the only way to get anything done is to follow the Onion’s advice and "Do what you love…in between work commitments, and family commitments, and commitments that tend to pop up and take immediate precedence over doing the thing you love.”

Obviously, tweeting is easier than developing fully formed characters and a narrative arc. And so is blogging. So I should get back to my novel, or in my case, my short story.