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What I Have Learned From Reading My Old Stories

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Improvement Takes Time

When I first started writing, I wasn't worried if I was any good. I had ideas flowing out of my brain and the biggest issue I had was getting them all out. Once that started to dwindle down, my natural need to know how things work started to kick in. I absorbed every bit of writing that I could because I wanted to understand it more.

Feeling Stuck

In my recent writing, I am much more aware of whether or not it is good. Often times I feel it stinks and that I should give up. You can read more about that below:

Getting Feedback

So looking back at my old stories, I can tell I have improved, but can others? My mom has given nothing but praise for every story I have written, likely dating back to elementary. That isn't helpful in determining if all the time I've spent has been worth it. I am months away from finishing my MFA and still question if I am good enough.

Was It All Worth It?

I have skimmed through a lot of my old writing, and my wife is telling me I have gotten better, so what does that mean going forward? Well, the short answer is that I know I can keep doing what I have been doing and likely will improve. Knowing that in the last ten years I have come this far, I look forward to looking back in the next ten.



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