Hey! Back from San Diego and I brought a head cold with me. Yuck 🙁
While I was gone, I read a couple of books. Two of them made some really odd choices that made me stop to think. The first book, UNWIND, which I wrote about, used a third person limited structure but then changed POV’s in every chapter. It was off-putting at first because I felt like it distanced me from the characters. However by the end, I got used to it and, as I said in my review, loved the book.
The other is DRUMS, GIRLS AND DANGEROUS PIE. I’m head over heels for this book, but the author does an odd thing. Instead of using quotation marks around dialog, he italicizes it and then uses quotation marks around thoughts. It was confusing at first because I never knew when he was talking or thinking. Also, I notice that he didn’t use dialog tags, at least not often.
It led me to wonder what makes authors break from convention and do things like this. In Deathday, I chose to use the unconventional present tense because it seemed like the only way to avoid having Ollie narrate from beyond the grave. I also felt like it gave the story an immediacy that past tense couldn’t achieve.
So what are some unconventional things YOU do in your writing, and why do you do them? Does it bother you when other writers do unconventional things?