A few days ago, I started writing a fresh new manuscript. I thought about writing something current, or as they say, “contemporary.” I tried my best to come up with an opening line that would draw attention, a sweet tangible feel to my new story that would capture the hearts of many. Problem was, I couldn’t even go past the first paragraph.
Why? Because if I were to write something current, I’d have to add cellphones, texting, tweeting, facebooking, and all that basically defines anything “contemporary.” Would my characters have to live in a remote village in Nepal in order to have modern technology excluded from their lives?
For the most part, I do understand the need to have everything instant in our daily society. All groceries are collected in one building at supermarkets. All photos in one digital device. All aspects of our lives, made public by updating our thoughts and statuses on social networks. If I were to be sixteen again, and going on my first date with a boy, we’d already have had exchanged over fifty texts, by estimation, before that first romantic night out. Where would the anticipation of a first impression be, if we’d already both said most of what we wanted to say on a digital device?
Hence, where is the romance?
It’s in that feeling of something being very new, unknown, and discoverable. The longing for something to enter our lives and change the way we see the world, and make a difference. Every encounter we have is significant. Every broken heart, every tear, every smile is a tiny shift to our designated universe.
I’m not including cell phones in my new novel. I have excluded “LOL” and emojis. I have decided, in my own little way, that the magic of a first encounter will be sacred and untouched by technology.
I’ll let my main characters survive through all of life’s discrepancies regardless of modern connections. Pain and heartbreak are inevitable in any romantic encounter. But so is passion.
I will leave it up them to find their way in a world that doesn’t involve instant gratification. Let them come to terms with their own unconditional love, and give it room to thrive.