Question: Reflect on your inquiry question and how your understanding us changing, becoming more focused, or is perhaps being reaffirmed by your research. What do you now know that you didn’t know when you started this inquiry?


My original inquiry question for ZIP is ‘what components make up an effective chat story?’, and so far in my research I am beginning to understand that these texting stories are a very new concept that came up only recently, just a few years ago. A hurdle I am currently facing is that there isn’t much online that directly addresses tips on how to write effective text stories, so instead I have to dissect my question and find other ways to get information. I am deciding to focus on dialogue and perspectives, because those are two crucial to chat-based stories. Since text stories are composed of messages between different characters, you must be skilled in writing dialogue that is effective. This is a lot trickier than it seems, because it is very easy to have dialogue that sounds awkward or quixotic, or even just straight up boring.


Another skill you must practice is perspectives, because you are writing from the heads of the characters, and it is essential you maintain their different personalities when writing; otherwise, they won’t seem genuine or real. You have to hold two different personalities, and keep them consistent for the story to seem genuine, because normally people don’t just completely change their personality every few minutes. These two topics are what I’m choosing to mainly focus on, because I know understand they are the building blocks of text stories.