From the departments of genre theory and chaos we have a New York Times article on cellphone novels, an increasingly popular form of the novel in Japan. Cellphone novels are novels composed entirely on a cellphone.
Here's how one author did it:
"One such star, a 21-year-old woman named Rin, wrote “If You” over a six-month stretch during her senior year in high school. While commuting to her part-time job or whenever she found a free moment, she tapped out passages on her cellphone and uploaded them on a popular Web site for would-be authors."
"After cellphone readers voted her novel No. 1 in one ranking, her story of the tragic love between two childhood friends was turned into a 142-page hardcover book last year. It sold 400,000 copies and became the No. 5 best-selling novel of 2007, according to a closely watched list by Tohan, a major book distributor."
Given the perennial complaints about students texting in class, I found this article interesting. Of course, I highly doubt my students are madly texting a draft of a novel in my classes. But who knows? The example of the cellphone novel should make us question arguments that new technologies of communication degrade language.