I grew up on Bronte, Austen, Jack London, and much later, Mary Higgins Clark.
How do you feel about change? Changes like: get rid of dialogue tags, tell the adverbs to disappear, get deeper into the POV, don’t head hop, omniscient is losing favor, and on and on and on.
Everything in life changes. We all know that, but how do you feel about recent changes or suggestions in the writing industry? Our villains and heroes used to growl, snarl, bark, and sneer. Heroines would purr, coo, murmur, and sigh. And while we still see that from time to time, it seems to have moved over for stronger physical action around the dialogue. Do you like that, or do you miss the hisses and chirps?
I remember not long ago when women did housework cheerily, and husbands, after a long day, responded impatiently. Children played happily, cats purred lazily, and dogs barked aggressively. What happened to the good old days when folks’ actions and dialogue were always followed by an adverb? Did we need them to beef up weak verbs, or was it just an old habit that desperately needed to change?
Little seems to be written in omniscient unless it’s by an author who has written that way for decades and his or her readers expect it, accept it. Is that a good thing, or has the push for a deeper POV in order to get to know a character better the best style? Does it matter?
Will you keep reading if there is head hopping page by page? Is it different for you if the author is male? Will you tolerate more distance from the character if you’re reading a male author? Do you only truly expect deep POV from a female author? Warm fuzzies, touchy feely only from female authors? Inspy vs. secular stories? Does it matter whether the story is plot driven vs. character driven, or have we come to expect these changes across the board?
How do you feel about changes, and how has it affected your writing?
None of us like change, and for good reason. Sometimes it works for the good, and sometimes…not so much.