In Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Captain Wentworth pens a love letter to Anne Elliot that begins:
I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope.
In some people’s smartphones, the closest thing to a love letter is a text that reads:
Modern romantic downfalls aside, there’s been a seismic shift in the way we communicate over the last few decades. Today, our emails, texts, and social media posts far outnumber our letters and phone calls. For writers, this can present a bit of a challenge. How can you incorporate these elements into a novel set in the 21st century? Will doing so harm or help your narrative? Read this guide to using modern technology in your novel to figure out whether current forms of communication have a place in your story and, if so, how to artfully incorporate them into the text.