is a ghost/horror story that I wrote several years ago and as part of a review of some of my older work I re-read it and made a few minor updates (all in relation to grammar/spelling improvements).
Interestingly the thing that stood out for me the most is how much I have learned and improved in my writing style. I did enjoy reading it and found the story entertaining (even if I do so so myself ;). But my style of writing relied too much on ‘telling’ and not ‘showing.’
It felt at times like I was reading a short story written by somebody else. But of course, that person was me.
I’m more than glad to say I have studied, listened to feedback, read and concentrated on cultivating my writing style. For it is in creating prose that you bring life to the words that are written on the page.
I constantly remind myself now, that I am not writing a textbook when I write fiction. I am writing prose and I am in a sense painting scenes, telling stories within stories, evoking emotions and moving the story forward.
I believe greatly in listening to feedback (although you don’t always take it on board as it may not be useful). Learning, improving and constantly honing my skills.
After all, it is by having an open mindset, where you learn from experience and correct errors, that I or you can grow stronger in the chosen field we work in.
Ernest Hemingway once said – It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.
I don’t know for sure if he said this in tongue and cheek, but personally, I am going to have to disagree with him on this one. For me, I am glad to see the difference in my old and new work and to share this with others. If you ever get to read this short story, please do let me know what you think or leave a comment on this post.