U is for Ugly

Why Writing is Like a Relationship

a-z blog

No one stays pretty forever. It’s just a fact. Age and life takes their toll. Skin looses elasticity, joints get messed up, wrinkles and stretch marks appear… It’s the natural course of things. Change is good.

You will look back at writing you’ve done over time, things you cranked out 10 years ago, 5 years ago, 1 year ago and see changes in your style, your voice. You may look back at some of your older work and think “Damn, this is just ugly.”


What you did then is not worth any less than when you write now.

Yeah, you’ve grown, you’ve changed, you make different choices now then you did back in the day, but don’t obsess over it. The key here is to let it go and keep moving forward, just like you would with your spouse.

I’ve noticed some writers, especially the self-pubbed ones, obsess over re-tooling the same piece over and over and over again. A nip here, a tuck there, then push it out as “the new, extended version” or the “sweet version” or the “10 year anniversary version” or the “I woke up with a wild hair in my ass version” or whatever.

“Gotta stay pretty to stay relevant,” they say.

I’d like to think I’ll be willing to age gracefully. So what if my earlier stuff isn’t as pretty? I’ll be one proud Mama when I push it out into the world, so I’d rather not constantly obsess over whether or not the dialogue of my old work is perky enough to compete with the newer kids 20 years later.

I hope to be working on other things, other projects, not trying to botox chapter three of my first ever release. Eventually, that stuff looks more creepy and weird than interesting.

Check out what other folks chose to blog about today. A to Z Blogging Challenge.


About kattywampusbooks

A SAHM with delusions of literacy.
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One Response to U is for Ugly

  1. Liz Brownlee says:

    Yes, I agree, things date – much, much better to write something new. It’s lazier to return, it’s easier than doing something new, but unless you write anew, you will never get better and you will always be regressing, in effect. ~Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com


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