I love the new styles displayed in the stores this season. They remind me of my youth, with bright, tie-dyed shirts, and cotton tops flaring from the neckline down—generously covering the inner tubes around a mature woman’s waistline. I even saw a woman in the grocery store wearing a gauzy, flowing black, halter-neck jumpsuit with a daring, low-cut back, almost identical to one I had back in the 1970s. (But I wouldn’t have worn it to the grocery store!)
Not to say I’m not flexible but, over all, my taste hasn’t changed much as I’ve grown older. I’ve always been, and probably always will be, conservative in my outlook and appearance.
My writing, on the other hand, has undergone a transformation over the years. I’ve studied the craft, written thousands of pages of garbage–and perhaps a few thousand pages of quality stuff—and have slowly developed my own voice. While the classics still enchant me, I prefer the modern style of less description, more action, fewer passive sentences, stronger characters, tighter story-lines, and more graphic (not explicit) scenes.
Trends in writing may come and go just like trends in fashion, but there will always be people wanting to read a good story with believable characters, or nonfiction written from the heart. We just need to find them!
What trends do you follow? Has your writing style changed over the years? Do you try to fit your writing to what the market seems to want, or write what you want and try to find the market for it? Do you save clothes hoping they’ll come back in style?