Why has writing changed so much in recent years? why are adverbs verboten and passive voice obsolete? who decides these things? Yes, I am in agreement that the overuse of adverbs can be annoying but many times the meaning of a sentence is changed when the adverb is removed. A good "really" or "carefully" can change the entire tone of a paragraph...And many times the use of 'was' in a sentence (passive voice) is the only way to go--yes, yes, I know, used too much it becomes tedious and slows down the action. But occasionally? and the thing about POV...REALLY? is it that hard to sort through if it isn't absolutely exact? (there's that pesky adverb) For instance, if a character has a thought and it is an aside to the story and it's clear who is having this thought, why not? (separated out, of course) And yes, I know we need to understand POV before we begin to break the so-called rules.I read books all the time, well written books by published authors, who are much more lax about these issues than those of us who are newbies...and why why WHY does writing have to be so spare? If the story is a fast-paced mystery, this goes with the genre but if it is a more descriptive novel? Are we as readers really so lazy that we'll put down a book that isn't bare bones?
My editor, bless her heart, has been asking me to go into MORE detail about my characters, even peripheral ones...and she wants more background story. The book of mine she's editing is a fantasy and it is my opinion that if I add more I will lose readers--in that particular book the main plot line needs to be first and foremost.
Try picking up a book written back in the olden days (1970's, for instance) See how writers were getting their thoughts down back then...is it just the age of twitter that's doing this to us? I would love to have your thoughts.