Margaux Fragoso: How Social Media Impacts the Writing Process

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan has released her latest short story in 140 character increments on Twitter. Written for the social media platform, the story is attracting attention as an innovative literary piece. Margaux Fragoso shares a fascination with social networking and comments on how this platform continues to change the writing process.

The New York Times reports that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan has released her latest work of fiction. Unlike her award-winning novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad, Egan's latest short story was written to be released in 140 character increments on Twitter. Margaux Fragoso, author of the memoir Tiger, Tiger, believes that this is just one of the many ways in which social media can transform the writing process. She shares the ways in which she herself uses social media platforms to create engaging stories.

According to the article in The New York Times, Egan's story is based upon one of the characters in A Visit from the Goon Squad. The story was released in 140 character increments, one tweet per minute, every night between eight and nine o'clock for ten days. On May 29, 2012, the story was published in its entirety in The New Yorker's first science fiction issue.

Margaux Fragoso believes that Egan's creative use of social media illustrates one of the many ways in which authors can call upon the power of this platform. Margaux Fragoso states that she uses social media to better understand her characters—and the issues that her characters would find relevant in their lives today.

"I'm a 33 year old wife and mother living a relatively isolated life while working on a novel that deals with several characters much younger than myself, some with totally opposite ways of looking at the world," commented Margaux Fragoso. "I'm fascinated with visiting social media sites in order to develop a sense of cutting-edge realism; I read blog entries and visit Facebook pages and personal websites in order to view authentic speech as well as figure out what social and personal issues are relevant to the lives of my characters. I think it's a great way for authors writing contemporary books to attract readers who want to see their everyday worlds reflected in today's art."

Creative use of social media by writers is thought to continue, as authors are expected to play an increasingly large role in the marketing of their published work. From fresh, innovative telling of stories to in-depth research, Margaux Fragoso believes that social media provides a new dimension to the writing profession.


Margaux Fragoso is the author of the acclaimed memoir, Tiger, Tiger. Margaux Fragoso has also published short stories, poetry, and articles in NPR, Margie, and The Literary Review,etc. Writing allows her to capture and share previously unheard ideas, insights, and perspectives. Margaux Fragoso received her Ph.D. and MA from SUNY Binghamton and her BA from New Jersey City University. She continues to dedicate her time to her family and her writing.

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