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    SMS Text Messages in Prose Fiction

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by m24p, Nov 1, 2013.

    So, I'm familiar with how dialogue and characters thoughts are expected to be written in prose fiction, but how would you format snippets of text message conversation embedded in your prose? My initial thought was setting it apart from the text and italicizing it.
    Like this. :)
    I'm not sure if that's the best way to do it, and I'm concerned about the potential for it to be confused with thought.

    Any ideas?
     
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    do NOT italicize it...

    the standard method is to insert the message/letter/news article/whatever as a block indent... with no " "...
     
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    Ummm.... I think you're thinking of something different than I am. I'm talking about conversation, like "u there?" or "lol" or "driving, what's up?"*. Block intending is more for inserting large pieces of material. I could format it just like dialogue, I guess, but I wasn't sure that would work right.

    * Don't text and drive!
     

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