Tone Language

Peter blakely / Redux for TIME

Katsura Okiyama: "I had never written a story. I had never liked reading either."

In many respects, Katsura Okiyama is a typical Japanese woman in her 20s. The mother of one enjoys spending time with her friends and loves Disney. But, less typically, she is a writer. And, quite exceptionally, her medium is not a PC or even pen and paper. It's her cell phone.

In Japan, not only are people reading novels on their cell phones; they're also writing novels with them — uploading SMS-length installments to specialist websites where they are in turn downloaded to the phones of millions of readers. The most popular are...

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