While I was looking through my list of unfinished stories I came across one which I would really like to see through to completion. It’s been sitting for a very long time now, hell I don’t even remember when I started it! The idea excites me though and its fantasy, which I haven’t written any of for awhile – it all seems to be horror or sci-fi these days.
On reading through, I quickly discovered how bad the writing is. The story is fine, the writing… well, lets just say that its obvious from this piece that overwriting is one of my flaws. In particular, stating things a couple times in different ways.
Why on earth does that happen? At least its glaringly obvious on a re-read, and I have certainly come a long way in that I don’t do it as much as I did a couple of years back!
It is nice to see where you’ve progressed, and that is what I took away from the read through. I’m better than that now, and as a result, the story when it’s finished will be much better too. My writing is getting tighter, my craft stronger.
Which makes me want to go back and edit Lifelines again… but we’ll see 😉 I can’t be taking on too many little projects! I’ll end up getting nothing completed.
What are your big flaws as a writer? How have you improved over the last year or so?