By: Anne R. Allen
Publishing isn't the only thing that's being transformed by the digital age. Reading and writing themselves are evolving.
We may not like it, but as writers, we need to be aware that our our audience's habits are changing.
Last month I wrote about how to format your blog for easy skimming, and unfortunately, we need to keep the skimmer in mind when writing our books as well. A good percentage of readers buy their novels for screens now, and their habits spill over from Web browsing to novel-reading.
Recently I've been getting some bizarre reviews for my novels, and I'm seeing similar ones on my favorite authors' books. It often seems to me the reviewers have read an entirely different piece of fiction.
But I can now see the reviews probably come from people who skim.
My books—and the ones I like to read—are full of fun one-liners and little ironic treats for people who are paying attention. But all the humor and irony is lost on skimmers who are rushing through, reading only for plot.
Personally, I'm a slow reader who savors every word. I grew up reading literary fiction and I also read genre fiction with an eye to detail, character, and nuance.
Reading only for plot seems to me like eating the pizza crust and throwing away the toppings. Or maybe watching Seinfeld with the sound off. But I have to accept that people like me are no longer in the majority.
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