Improvising, Twitter Short Story by Mark Farley

Watch the 140 Character Short Story: IMPROVISING:

Story read by actress Maya Woloszyn

Get to know writer Mark Farley:

1) What is your very short story about?

It’s about a husband and wife experimenting in the bedroom. Well, it is until you read the second line.

2) What motivated you to write this story and submit it to the festival?

I joined Twitter recently and was fascinated to see how much twitter fiction is out there. Fitting a story into a single tweet is such a challenge! The festival appealed because tweets often get lost in a sea of text, and it’s great to see the stories brought to life in a new, exciting way.

3) What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I can watch ‘Shakespeare in Love’ over and over again. I’m a soppy sod, so I love the story, but the quality of the writing is stunning — every line has a reason to be there, and the cast deliver them perfectly.

4) How many scripts and stories have you written?

Loads! I’ve been writing since childhood but only recently have been brave enough to try and get anything published. I’ve been lucky and have managed to achieve 10 publications so far. Please have a look at my Facebook page ( for the full list!

5) What artists would you love to work with?

I’ve been investigating the world of e-book publishing, and it seems a book really does get judged by its cover. So I’d love to work with some truly inspirational cover designers. In particular, the Discworld novels have always featured some fantastic artwork (both Kirby and Kidby).

6) What is your passion in life?

Writing, writing and more writing. It’s been a hobby for years but now I’m taking it far more seriously. I’m working on a fantasy saga narrated by a cute little dragon. The story began as a single book but eventually turned into a whole series and took over my life!

7) Any tips for other writers who want to write a 140 character short story?

The world of Twitter is a mysterious one! Even the most successful account holders get confused as to why some tweets are ignored while others explode in popularity. A good (bad?) pun usually goes down well (for example: “The day after his crowning ceremony, the new King hit the shops. It was time to splurge; he’d been saving for a Reigny Day.”) but my favourites are the ones that work like jokes: they set you up to assume something, and then the punchline makes you laugh as you realise your assumption was wrong.

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