While writing up the blog review for last week I went through and read some of my earliest posts. At the time they were written I thought that they were decent pieces. However, looking back I can see the awkward sentences, unnecessary words, and the myriad of other sins I would catch now. The difference? Seven weeks of intensive writing, both on the manuscript and online, paired with unnumbered hours of reading other writer’s blogs.
Anything that we dedicate time and energy to in our lives is bound to improve, a golf swing, speaking a foreign language, learning a musical instrument. I just didn’t expect it to happen so quickly. Looking forward I can only hope to continue improving and mastering the art of writing.
Improvement hasn’t come without a cost. Now that I’m more aware of all the errors and writing pitfalls everything takes longer to complete. I find myself putting off writing until I can have a useful chunk of time. This is a deadly practice, as there is never a perfect chunk of time during my day. My inner perfectionist needs to take a vacation so I can get something done!