Rule #1 of Writing: It gets better. The more you write, the better you get, the better your writing is.#amwriting
— Liana Brooks (@LianaBrooks) April 18, 2014
So, I saw a writing prompts that asked people to choose tweets they have favorited and tell why they did. I thought, “why not?” I’m due for a post, don’t you think? This one, I favorited a long time ago just because I thought it was great writing advice. Still, I’ve come to get another layer with this recently.
You know how it goes. You’re working on a project and you think, “this sucks.” I’ve been there somany times. Recently, it had me totally at a loss. I’d started a couple different stories, still had Pet Servant floating around on my computer, and had no idea what I was going to do with any of them. I was convinced they needed so much work there was no way I would ever get them finished. Then something awesome happened. I asked CP to look at them for me and see if he could tell me where any problems might be.
He didn’t see any. At least nothing even remotely near what I was afraid of. He made a couple of suggestions and I printed the manuscripts out to start preparing them for beta reading and submissions. Amazingly enough, as I read them, I found he was right. I actually enjoyed reading them over and got most of the edits added to the computer in a several-day marathon. I got Stains 3 done and submitted, A story I am currently calling “Rosalie” is edited and with beta readers, while a story about a house is partly edited and ready for adding.
It’s amazing what happens when you put a lot of distance between you and your work. Writing really is like anything else in life: It does get better. Sometimes, all it takes to see that is a little time and space.