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Behind the Times?
We are writers. We are odd, slightly socially dysfunctional people with, as a certain highly successful TV writer puts it, casual wear chosen by our mothers (how perceptive). Perhaps our inherent romantic and imaginitive side is the very reason that, whenever I come across a reference to the internet or mobile phones in a book, part of me curls up and dies.
Does anyone else experience this? I bought a couple of books from an agent I am interested in (testing the waters, as it were) and throughout one of them, references to facebook, the WWW, texting and tweeting kept cropping up to put me off. I realise these things are now part of life, but something inside me detests using them as plot/character devices. I am forced to do so in order to keep my story grounded and I still cringe when I type the words 'mobile' (or worse, cell phone).
Asked by: Mark Rudd
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