So, one of my ( at the moment ) four cast groups talks online a lot since they may or may not wind up living nearby one another, and there's another character who only talks to them online because she's really far away. The thing is, this is a novel, and I haven't seen a lot of novels where the characters are talking online. How do I handle this ? Do I do the whole log at once or interrupt it with narration ? Do I include timestamps or the whole "X messaged Y" "Y added Z to the group" thing or no ? Is there an issue with abbreviations and emoticons ( in the vein of 0_O and tumut and XP and stuff, not emojis ) ? I'm not sure what my plan is for publication, for now I'm trying not to worry about it but I am curious how it will affect my chances. The genre is science fiction and it's either YA or adult, if that helps ... I can elaborate if I missed some important detail here, I do that a lot while summarizing ... Mostly just looking for opinions on how this would read and how others would handle it. Thanks !