Signs of the Time
During some recent revisions, I realized my main character was constantly opening and closing his phone.
His phone also rang several times and after speaking to the caller he would hang up.
I reached out to the "twitter-verse" for a phrase to replace rang. Virtually no phones ring any more. They vibrate, signal, chime, do the Macarena (shout out to my crit partner, Teri Anne Stanley).
I started wondering and, honestly, feeling overwhelmed as often happens in the trenches of revision.
How do we keep our manuscripts current without dating them?
I especially feel for YA authors. When I look back at some of my early attempts at YA (written when I was a YA:) ), my characters are passing notes in class and talking on the phone for hours. Today, they would be texting under their desks and chatting on Facebook.
So, tell me your story? What have you come across in your revisions that dated the story? How do you making sure it is current without appearing to be trying too hard?
What if you mention Facebook today, get a book deal tomorrow and a year from now when your book hits the shelves, some new and improved social network site has sent Facebook the way of Myspace?
Does it bother you to read a "contemporary" novel and find out-dated references to technology or phrases?