As an author, there’s one distinctive characteristic of 2011 that will always stick out in my mind–I feel like I’ve been writing at the speed of sound. It’s sort of like when you’re watching a fireworks show and the report of the exploding rocket reaches your ears several seconds after you’ve seen the glittering fan of color spread out in the nighttime sky. You see, the publishing process can be slow, and I found myself working with editors on projects that had been written many months prior. The problem was, my writing had evolved since then, and it was as if I was looking at ancient history. I managed to ‘update’ the writing in the editing process, but it made me wonder where my writing would be months or even years from now. Does J.K. Rowling look back at Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and shake her head?
To any of the authors out there, I pose the question…do you ever find yourself re-reading your earlier work and wishing you had a reset button?
To readers I ask…when you read an author’s body of work, can you tell the difference between his or her first novel and the last one?
And finally, given that novels are works of art, should it matter?
~ S.G. Rogers
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