If you've read any books featuring text message exchanges, how were they set out? Did it work for you? I'm in two minds about how to present them in my book. I'm aware an editor would prescribe a way to do it, if I ever get published, but it's irritating me and I want to sort it out now so I can stop thinking about it. The second issue I'm having is how to write them. I can't bear having my characters use txt spk and emoticons and the things that people generally use in text messages but, at the same time, it comes off a little odd when they exchange messages with perfect grammar and punctuation. If you saw something like this as a text message exchange, would it look unrealistic to you? Rachel: What did you expect? Alex: You actually own this on DVD? You paid money for it? Rachel: Don’t be jealous, you can get one too.