Sunday, July 19, 2009
From back in the day
I noticed in a flyer that Walgreens would take old tapes and put them on a CD. So I dug through our pile of vacation VCR videos and stumbled across some of my old books.
It was my favorite childhood book. I got it in 1967 for Christmas. So maybe I would read some of it. I took it out to the patio, opened the first page . . .
Oh my goodness! The book I loved so much had broken almost every writing rule I've learned.
sighed Meg, said Beth contentedly, Meg said in an altered tone, exclaimed Jo, said Meg warmly. . .
Page after page of dialogue tags and -ly adverbs--what's a girl to think? It shattered my beloved memories.
Ok--who would have thought so many years later, I would try to reread one of my favorite books and find it thus so?
But here's what I think. Writing styles have changed over the years--some of the stuff used then is outdated now. But what hasn't changed is a good story. Little Women is a good story with a good plot. I cried reading it. I wanted to be Jo. I identified with her in so many ways.
Today we need to write the way the rules are set for today to even get a hope at being published.
I'm sure years from now though, someone might read something we've written and declare how old-fashioned it is. But hopefully one thing will remain the same.
We've written a great story.