Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Agatha Christie, Mar 9, 2012.
I'm not sure I understand your question. Are you asking about how to portray reactions and conversation flow?
Sorry, seems I didn't get it right.
Anyway, I'd suggest for the IM you just use normal dialog. Since the reader already know that it's a conversation held by text, I see no reason why it should be formatted differently. Would look more natural.
As for the email, I've seen a few examples of that. They don't usually include header and footer or the address bars. The reader already know who the character is emailing so all you need to include is the body, the actual text. Some seem to tend to center it or align it in a narrower space than the actual prose. for example:
Character A faced her computer screen and forced herself to write that email she's been thinking about for a while:
------------------- Dear B,
I had to put the dashs. Anyway, that seems what they tend to do.
i think the op means how to format it on the page...
if that's right, you should insert the online/email text as a block indent... set the margins at 1-1.5" on each side of the material that's being quoted...
Would you include e-mail "header" (ie. "to" and "from") information?
i do when I present mine.
For texts and instant messaging I use name, colon, message and then set it out like dialogue.
Yes I do mean how to format it on the page. do you mean:
me: hello how are you today. Nice weather isn't it?
You: Hello, yes I'm fine. Very nice to hear from you.
Should bold or italics be used anywhere?
I do it like you set out there.
Tim walked down the stairs and looked at his phone. He typed in the message: Dad work called can you pick up kids T .
Almost instantly it vibrated: No Problem. Dad xx
At the bottom Tim opened the door: Thanks T .
How would you do it for e-mail?
Subject: Writing emails
To: Anya Kimlin
From: John Smith Friday, 9th March. 2012
I indent it like Mammamaia said and lay it out like this - sometimes use email addresses instead of names in order to preserve anonymity. My preference is to make them single line spaced as long as they don't form the majority of a work. For an email epistolary I would just start the chapter with the above heading and then write it as normal. Use tabs to line up the names/email addresses and subject. The date over to the right hand side.
no bold, no italics!
just do it like i said, as a block indent...
Thanks. Much appreciated.
Separate names with a comma.