I have a question to all those editor's out there...why is head-hopping okay in your view? Not to mention, telling, instead of showing? I question why this is acceptable? I don't mean to write a negative blog post, and that is not my intention, but this is a big problem. I would like to feel good about what books I read.
I haven't seen it too often from books with the big publishers, but from the smaller one's I see it all the time, and self-publishing more often than not. I know I have discussed these two subjects before, but I have recently read some books that this is the norm throughout the entire novel(s).
I know that you can't always "show", but I would at least like to read a few scenes that aren't "telling". It takes away from the story, no matter how good it is. It also tells me the author needs to brush up on creative writing skills.
Now, I know nobody's perfect, but come on, I would think if they are publishing books they would know better. I know my editor, Susan, pointed out to us when we were "telling", do these other editor's just not care, or don't even realize it?
Yes, it can prove to be a pain because of all the rewriting they would need to do, but don't they want their book to be as close to the best as possible? I don't understand.
And, the head-hopping! I lose track if their are too many characters as to who's POV I am reading now. Do they not have main characters anymore? It's supposed to be the main character's story. Not that you can't have other POV's, just separate them with scene breaks at least.
It amazes me that some editor's think that anything goes. I think it ruins a potential good book. I know most readers don't know about these things, but I'm sure they can tell the difference between a well written book and one that sounds more like a laundry list. The story doesn't flow when you do these types of writing.
Okay, I had to vent, but I hate purchasing a book and find I can't even finish reading it. Or don't want to. There is so much potential for the story, and I want to write the author and tell them they need to fix their book(s). I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but it's bound to effect their sales eventually.
If it's good, people are usually willing to pass it on, which creates more sales. Now that I've gotten that off my chest I feel better. I'm just curious, have any of you ran into this issue? Have you bought books and couldn't finish them because you found yourself skimming, instead of reading, and wanted to leave a bad review?
I understand your plight. I know all books won't be your cup of tea, as it were, but if you don't like a book because it's "telling", then you find yourself skimming, and that's not fun.
A book should be enjoyable. It should take you away to other worlds and you don't want to put it down. I'm sure there are plenty of my followers on here that aren't big Fantasy fiction fans, and that's okay, you don't have to read Fable, but you know that before you buy it. If you are a big fan of a certain genre and you purchase a book of that type, then you want to feel good about it, not wish that it was over.
Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts on this. And Susan, if you read this, I would love to hear your's especially. You are an editor, and you do follow the creative writing "rules", why do you think some editors don't? And I want to clarify, I'm not saying ALL editors.
Well, I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend! I have my granddaughter over today and I'm looking forward to a fun day filled with swimming and going out to lunch!