Time to put our thinking caps on and utilise the expertise of Susan Uttendorfsky as she reminds us that cell phones were not available in the 1980s (they were bricks) and that in the good old days we have to do things like get up off our backsides to change channels.. Nothing says lack of research than misplacing your technology in the wrong era. Head over to the Story Reading Ape and check your technicality.
Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.
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Referring to Technology in Your Writing
Technology is everywhere in today’s society, so it’s practically impossible to keep out of our writing. If we have cell phones and computers, then it’s likely our characters do, too. How far should you go in talking about technology in your writing, though?
If you’re trying to write a story in a certain era, then technology can be a great way to date your story. A fictional piece written in the 1970s wouldn’t be complete without talking about eight track players and HiFi stereo systems complete with record albums, turntables, and 45s. A car radio would have push buttons to set the stations and nobody had a mobile or cell phone. A phone was a…
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