08 Sep

Have you ever written something that, later down the road, you realized is irrelevant? Rather, if you got the story published, it would be dated due to a certain section or subject?

I realized that one of the novels that I’ve been working on for a couple of years — one that has spanned it’s own world and stories with a plethora of characters that I adore writing — has something like that. In the beginning of the first novel, one of the characters creates a virtual reality game. Describing the game is one of my favorite scenes in the book, for at the time I was writing it, I was able to dive deep into my imagination with how virtual reality would work.

Now virtual reality is, well, a reality, and that scene doesn’t sparkle as much as it used to.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m also a video game nut, so virtual reality games are amazing! I haven’t had the chance to try them personally yet, but from what I’ve seen, they work wonderfully and I’m so excited that this technology has evolved in my lifetime.

Obviously I can just switch up the scene in the novel, but it won’t be the same, you know? Of course, there are other books out there that play with the virtual reality concept, books that I’ve enjoyed and had inspired me to make my own twist on the virtual reality concept. Now, though, I’m not so sure…

Anyone else have similar dilemmas?


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4 responses to “Irrelevant

  1. jac forsyth

    September 9, 2016 at 3:30 am

    I remember a lecturer once telling me not to include current technology as it was changing so fast, my novel would be out of date before it even got off the ground. But I also think about people like Jane Austen, who painted such a beautiful picture of Georgian society and how valuable that is to us now. In the end I decided to find a middle path between the two. So keep in the technology, but only if there was a valid reason for it and it took the story somewhere. Like the way we use data roaming on mobile phones, or how lost we are when the electricity goes down.

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    • Kris P.

      September 11, 2016 at 11:27 am

      I remember getting a similar lesson, but I love geeky technology and video games and it’s natural in some of my writing. I don’t think, back when I first started the story, that virtual reality would be a thing so soon! It is part of the story, I’ll just have to tweak it a bit. đŸ™‚

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  2. Rachel

    September 9, 2016 at 7:13 am

    That moment when you go to a bookstore and realize a new book is out with the same title as your book.

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