Abe Lincoln wrote with coal on a wooden shovel. I had a slate at home when I started school. We (not Abe - my classmates and I) switched to those big red pencils. Then, low and behold, we got to use HB pencils. From there we graduated to straight pens (you had to dip them in ink regularly if you wanted to blot your copybook) and then, we graduated to the latest in modern technology - the Fountain Pen. We were not allowed to use ball point pens. Who knew what evil they would lead us into?
In 1957, our physics teacher told us about an innovation - the computer. It was humongous, filling an entire very large room. Give it a question (in binary) it would ho, hum, ha, squeak and barf. The card emerging from all this had the answer to your question - in binary. Now computers fit in envelopes, shirt pockets or telephones. My 1995 Neon has a computer which continually says "Check engine". So much for that! After 15 years of "Check engine" I have realized there is something wrong with: me, the computer or the engine. The mechanic seems to think it is me.
So much for the many changes in 'how'. What changes are there in 'what'? What?
The Bible has quite a few love stories in it, but they are difficult to read, given all the 'thees, thous, therefores, thereafters and so ons'. No noticiable triangles. There are a bunch of other writers between then and now, but it is mostly agreed that Victoria Holt brought forth Romance as a saleable genre. She wrote stuff like: "Then she met the magnetic, inscrutable Conrad," who was, of course a prince.
Then there were the glory days of the 'lovers triangle'. Two lovers, usually one dark haired and one blond and one girl. The blond was nearly always the winner. (Funny. My first husband was a blond and he definitely was not a winner).
Triangles faded and he/she stories became the norm. Harlequin became a name well know and did not refer to a type of bright clothes worn by fools. Romance branched out from sweet to erotic, fantasy, medieval, modern and etc.
Authors within the same family were different. Charles Dickens wrote a couple of classics while at home being a strict Victorian father. His son Frances was finally disposed of by buying him a commission with the NWMP. He was stationed in Saskatchewan where he wrote a hilarious book, "Dickens of the Mounted".
He wrote it while drunk, which he was for approximately 40 years. (Read it if you find it, especially the part where he put the dogs in the sled and pulled it himself). Thus, from straight laced to dead drunk became a new way to write - then we have Timothy Leary...
Others, like Jane Austen were different in that she would not allow her name to be printed on her books. Try that idea on modern authors! Beatrice Potter's parents wouldn't hear of her writing books. She had to sneak a little to get her books published. Ten dollars was the going price for new manuscripts. But they did get published easily. That is certainly a difference from the modern day ease of being published.
What is different today? Getting published has roughly the same odds of winning the MAX lottery.
You wonder where this is going, don't you? Well, so do I.
Titles have changed drastically. With 'Peter the Rabbit', you knew where you were. But Clockwork Orange?
Oryx and Crake? Anything is fine, as long as it has nothing to do with the story. I may call my medieval 'The Orangemen's Parade'.
Having 'gone about as fer as we can go' in literary efforts, what changes are there to make?
Looking at your own work, what style changes have you made in your writing career? What directions have changed? What genre(s) have you explored other than your own? What changes to you plan to make? What is the most totally misleading title can you think of? Where do you foresee romance writing going now? Will ebooks take over? Are you still thinking of paper or do you write exclusively for ebook distributers now?
Note: This computer (only marginally better than that other #$%^ thing), has been refusing to let me post comments. If there are no answers to you, it is not that I don't care about you - it will be more like 'she threw the $%^&* thing into the lake. Or I'll answer by email. - connie