One of the things I find most interesting about writing is the experiencing of improvement.
As you get better, the same sequence of words appear to you in different ways. A draft that once read really well to you six months ago looks like absolute shit now. This isn't a bad thing, it means you're getting better, seeing your words in a different way - in an elevated perspective, one that sees mistakes that used to be invisible, one that understands rhythm in a way that was once impossible.
If your old work doesn't read poorly, it means you're not getting better.
And yet, there are passages that hold their quality over time. I'm nearing the endpoint of revising Beta Male for the final time, and the overall rhythm, the overall fluidity of the story is (I think) congealing in the way I had originally envisioned. I set out to write a very specific story, and I feel that I've accomplished that. The critical passages that I wrote a year ago have held their value over time.
Soon, it'll be time to release it, put wings on that motherfucker, and watch it FLY.
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Bret Easton Ellis