In 7 hours I will eat breakfast. That is all that’s getting me through right now.
When writing, saying that, “so-and-so e-mailed him” or, “so-and-so texted him” just doesn’t seem authentic to me. It somehow seems cheap and unromantic. I mean, simply saying, “she called him” sounds so much “better” to me, and I’m not sure why. Decades ago, I presume some writers felt this way about telephones. I bet “she called him” sounded cheap and unauthentic and unromantic to them, too. And, I mean, if I’m writing currently and realistically, it’s hard to not use these new devices of communication, but, part of me doesn’t want to. Part of me wishes I could write about letter writing and long phone calling and meeting unexpectedly and have it be realistic and believable. Call me old-fashioned, or a romantic, or whatever you choose, but I’m writing about human interaction here. And I’m afraid we’ve taken the beauty, richness, and authenticity out of it, on and off the page. Human interaction isn’t something we should have to try to make beautiful.