I’m reworking a story I started about ten or so years ago. My writing style has changed a lot since then. Thank goodness. Purple prose was a close friend of mine. We have since parted company. The original story has lots and lots of narrative. I have a hard time writing narrative now. Burnt myself out.
And the dialogue at times is lame. Lame in that it doesn’t fit the characters. More specifically, my heroine. Who is tough, sarcastic and has a mean streak. In the original, she has all these lame comebacks and juvenile putdowns that don’t fit her personality. Fortunately, I discovered her voice during the rewrite. And it’svery different than the one I forced on her in the original version.
I had a mini aha moment when I realized my heroine’s voice is tied to mine. Not to my writer voice, but to my voice as a person. When I started this story, I was young and not very worldly. Now, I have more life experience, I’m more comfortable with myself and wear my rebel streak more boldly. I can look at my heroine’s voice in the original story and her voice in the rewrite and see how much I’ve grown as a person.
So if you look back at stories or characters you’ve written a while ago or not so long ago, can you see how you’ve grown as a person? How has this personal growth affected your writing?