SMS Novel - Where Human Connection and Storytelling Meet.


Written By Magdelene Cramer for

The popularity of SMS or text message novels has risen steadily over the past few years. Why not tell stories over text? It makes for an exciting adventure in which one can interact with the story in real-time. Take Brianna Hayworth, who writes sci-fi stories, for example. All of her stories appear on Hooked—an iPhone application that allows any person to create—and read—any written work composed of texts, with back and forth banter of the lead and supported roles.

I recently published a novel online that is an actual SMS interactive one. It’s an example of how you can use SMS to recreate a world where vampires roam the neighborhoods, and the main character Elena eventually becomes a vampire, but the reader might get to make that decision, thanks to SMS live author feedback. Some people are taken aback by the technology aspect, but why? We read messages on our phones all the time, and it’s really not that difficult!

Thousands of other authors are following suit. There are lots of SMS interactive novels on SMS Novel, where my story, Supernatural Lovers is currently online! They range from historical novels to fiction, autobiographies, and more! It’s a way to really get your work out there without having it actually sit on a bookshelf forever, taking up space.

Ever wanted to read, but decided to use your cellphone instead to do so? This is no different. The reader begins by combing over one story, then pushes a huge “Next” button to go on with the story. It’s simple and gratifying. For one author, Gupta, her finishing rate shot up 85 percent. Upon the app opening last fall, Gupta has published 9,000 stories, with the high ten garnering an impressive 100,000 reads.

In SMS novels, each role player is in a different location physically, so their reactions are different (“LOL, I’m in church and the pastor is really boring.”) In addition, the SMS live author can adapt a story to the individual reader (Elena opens the door and smiles warmly as the dinner begins) making a more creatively unique “play-like” scenario. In addition, each character’s role can change depending on the decisions made by the reader (who plays the main character in the play or novel).


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