It’s a really nice feeling to go back and reread a manuscript from years ago and realize it’s worse than what I write now. There’s a story I’ve worked on off and on for seven years. It’s the story I’m most passionate about and I hope someday finds a good home with a publisher. Meanwhile, I’m working on other books and building a resume of novels I hope, in the long run, help get this book published. But every once in a while, I have to return to it.
Until then, I’ll rework it, and it’s nice to know that I’ve improved in the following ways:
- I tell less and am better about showing what’s going on in the story.
- I have a much better idea how to write an enticing opening.
- These days, I have a better idea of how to knock out unnecessary words and information. That one is largely due to my critique partner, Jessi Gage. Thanks, Jessi!
So if you need inspiration, go back and reread something you wrote a few years ago and see how much better you’ve gotten. Or, if you don’t write, find something you started doing or learning years before and see how you’ve improved.