What Is A Chat Story?

Updated: Aug 14, 2020

Chat Stories and Tap Stories:

What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

Chat stories are mobile phone native fiction stories presented in a series of automated text messages. The messages can either be timed or can appear when you tap the screen of your mobile device. The art of mobile phone chat stories relies on the dialog between two or more characters, and the ability of the author to create tension and suspense without the usual amount of description and narration that would normally be used to tell the story. It is 100% dialog.

Tap stories use the same mobile native text format but can be parts of a narrated story—without needing to be contained in a chat exchange.

Both forms of storytelling appeal to younger readers, so if you’re writing YA, or you want to attract more mobile native readers, chat and tap stories are an excellen