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June 26, 2013

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Valerie

That reminds me of another book I read about recently, written by two women who met online but who haven't met in person (yet). They started writing letters, as if they were people living in the 1940s -- though they exchanged them via email -- and eventually ended up publishing these letters as a novel.

Here's an interview by the authors:
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/specials/promotional/article/53537-hayes-nyhan-on-co-authorship-and-best-friendship.html

And here's the Goodreads page about the book:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16160079-i-ll-be-seeing-you

I haven't read the book itself, but the idea sounded interesting. Though disappointing they didn't actually send them in the mail; that might have added to the experience and story.

Z.

There's another book like that, (I think the technique is called ghost-letters,) but the book is Sorcery & Cecilia, except they were writing (on paper) as though they were living in the Regency period, and there's magic involved as well.

It's hard to isolate a definite difference between talking and writing because it depends on the person. Anyone I've written to who I've already met is likely to get a more chatty letter. Then again, a lot depends on what I've received. If I get a conversational letter that's very laid back I'll tend to respond in kind. If I get something very simple and short, I'll tend to respond similar to that. It's not so much attention span as how much they're absorbing by what they've written.

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