One of our goals here at Today’s Author is to help all of the writers among us to do what we love to do: write. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by talking to each other and learning from each other. Our Writers Circle series is designed to do just that – provide a chance for us to discuss writing, editing and publishing questions.
This week’s topic is:
A question by a writer friend:
My editor keeps changing my “he said” or “she went” phrases to “they said” and “they went”. He also keeps changing sentences and making them end in a preposition: “The person with whom I spoke” becomes “The person I spoke with.” Is this a universal change in the writing rules we are seeing?
My friend wanted to hear what other writers were experiencing in this regard, so I’m posing it here. What changes in long-held grammar rules have you noticed? Are your editors pushing you toward using the singular “they” instead of gender-specific pronouns? Where do you choose to hold onto the rules we learned in school and where to let go of them?
Let’s discuss this in the comments and see what our community thinks.