When I pulled the document up, dusted it off, and began reading, I cringed. It was a hot MESS!
I tried revising the first few chapters, and then sent them off to a critique partner to ask for her honest opinion.
Her response? Something close to this: Um...wow. The writer you are today, blows the writer from two years ago out of the water. This kinda...sucks. <- I threw that last part in. :D
But the cool this is, she's RIGHT. I am a different writer today! For that, I am proud.
I mean, you wouldn't believe the gems I found in this manuscript:
He began walking up the stairs. Um, hello, did he begin or did he just walk up the stinking stairs?
Adverbs galore: I softly knocked on the door. How about just using a stronger verb--I tapped on the door. I carefully sat down and waited. I was perched on the seat.
Mostly I was Mrs. state-the-obvious. There was a rumbling in his stomach. He felt excited. <- not needed, the rumbling tells what's going on.
And I took the reader through every painful step of the story: I looked in the mirror. Then I watched my eyes as they changed into a normal shade of green. How about: I watched as my eyes returned to a normal shade of green.
Seriously-imagine how much lower my word count will be when I'm done!
So tell me: Have you revisited any of your old manuscripts lately?
Do it--it'll make you feel pretty good about your current writer self!