Improving as a writer? Or getting worse? Sometimes it’s hard to tell.

Writing my latest novel, I hit 123k words this morning. My first thought was that I’m improving my skills as a writer since I have so much more to say now. My second thought is that my skills are declining as I can no longer say what I want in a succinct fashion.

To be fair, this novel is a new genre for me and a topic that is very close to my heart, so it makes sense that I’d have more to say. Unfortunately, that means that I will have a lot of text to cut…which will be more painful in this novel than any other I’ve written.

So am I evolving or devolving as a writer? I guess time…and publication will tell.


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