Sorry everyone, this post is going to be rather short - on my way out the door all day for work stuff. Something I was thinking about last night is pet peeves in writing and I want to do an experiment. What are your pet peeves that you see in books?
This is on my mind because I was talking with Eli last night about one of my pet peeves. When a character uses dialogue to explain something, when it's clear that in a 'real' conversation they wouldn't explain that. But since it's a book, and we're not psychic, the info needs to be in there some how. I tend to prefer it when it's in an internal, or if one person has a thought about how annoying it is that this person is blabbing on when he/she already knows that. Just something to acknowledge that it's a device I guess.
But I know that wouldn't bother most people. And something that might drive you crazy, I wouldn't think twice about. Like head-hopping. I hear so often that people can't stand head-hopping. Sherrilyn Kenyon uses it in her books and it doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I like the back-and-forth - I feel like I get more from the scenes. I don't know that I could pull it off as a writer though...
So what are your pet peeves? My hypothesis is that there may be a few common pet peeves among us, but that we'll each have our own little quirk. And lesson for the day: You can't please everyone. It's impossible to make a story that won't have pet peeves in it to some people. So don't try! Too stressful.