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So, I saw a call for submissions and thought, "Oh, hey... I have a story like that in my archives that never sold. It would be perfect... OMG, what is this sh*t? Did I write this? I couldn't have written this. Please say I didn't write this!"

After the initial shock of my old, unpolished writing style from 2002 and the fact that I don't think I ever actually edited this piece (please, God, tell me this wasn't actually edited), I found that there was actually a decent story under all that crappy writing. But, my goodness, that was a lot of crappy writing. I pretty much had to rewrite the whole thing, saving only the storyline.

Want to see if you have improved in your writing? Go back and read something from five years ago and then you'll see.


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Jan. 7th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I had that feeling when I saw some of the edits on my Grants Pass story.
Jan. 7th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
i wonder if there's a statistic somewhere or any recorded data on how often writers start at their peak level.

for some writers, they only aim for pulp marketing level.

then again, i wonder how often other writers downgrade their writing for their intended readership.

still, it's probably a nice thing for you to see that you've improved so much.

Jan. 13th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
I suspect that you'll find quite a few authors who start PUBLISHING at their peak level... which, of course, does not equal where they start writing...
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