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“Closer to poetry”: the art of texting in novels

How millennial novelists are confronting the challenging of representing our text habits in fiction

By Jemma Slingo  

Through texting, chat and e-mails, we write more than ever before. That poses a challenge for authors. Photo: Prospect composite

We have become a society of prolific writers. Every week we write thousands of words. Love affairs start and end in writing. Friendships are cultivated in writing. Plans are made, news is broken, arguments are picked, ideas are planted. Writing is the new talking.

Or rather, typing is the new talking.

Our lives are filled with texts, emails and instant messages which transform our conversations into a mass…

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