How to Use Modern Tech in Your Novel

How to Use Modern Tech in Your Novel

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:

U up?

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.

Interview with an Editor: Jonathan

Interview with an Editor: Jonathan

Last week we interviewed Christina Palaia, and it’s fascinating to see just how different each editor’s style and approach can be.

Our second interview features Jonathan Starke. Jonathan joined The Artful Editor team in 2013, and has helped numerous authors revise and polish their manuscripts.

Interview with an Editor: Christina

Interview with an Editor: Christina

Authors have a lot on their plate: characters, action, time periods, plot, and so on. What’s great is there are these strange people called editors who sweep in, clean up errors and help writers stay on track. Oftentimes, writers repeat the same mistakes, which, if fixed can drastically improve a book. What would reading be like without editors? We shiver at the very thought!

Why Word Count Matters When You Submit Your Book

Why Word Count Matters When You Submit Your Book

You finish the last strokes on your masterpiece, a painting that stands twenty feet tall and thirty feet wide. It’s beautiful, fully capturing the essence of your idea of this city and the pitfalls of love, hate, and betrayal. You unveil it for your benefactor, eagerly awaiting the slaps on the back and joyous exclamations.

“It’s too big.”

“Huh?”

Must Read Fiction Interview with Naomi, Founder of The Artful Editor

Must Read Fiction Interview with Naomi, Founder of The Artful Editor

Erin Popelka, host of Must Read Fiction, invited me to chat with her about writing and editing. In this interview, we discuss how The Artful Editor can help writers at all stages of their career. I also share some writing advice and what it means to write with a heartbeat. Then we end our talk with some book recommendations!