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  1. Hi Audrey, Some evoke frowns, some “Did I write THAT?” Then yet other stories/articles make me smile and think that’s not at all bad. (Of course, there’s always room for improvement!) xx

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      1. I have just been reading more about you Audrey. What a valuable human being you are and always have been. Not everyone can claim that. Teachers and nurses are high (well most of ’em) on the list in my estimation. They can make or break someone in all senses of the word! What a good feeling that must be!

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  2. Good post, Audrey. I am probably not critical enough of my own work and that may be the reason I am usually pleased with my earlier writing. Of course, publishing nothing but a blog makes that a lot easier. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. I only wrote two novels and, later, a couple of novellas. I do return to them every now and then, to read a chapter or two, when I need to reconnect with my characters and the world Iโ€™ve created. Itโ€™s almost as if I need to be sure that everyone is still doing well, if that makes any sense. I believe my writing skills have improved over time, yet I still like my second novel the most, probably because of the level of my emotional involvement in that story.

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    1. Because all the books I’ve written so far are related, I’ve had to check details in the earlier ones while writing the more recent ones, which means re-reading parts.
      And I certainly know what you mean about emotional involvement!

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  4. I don’t even frown at my old work. I look back often and realize just how much I have grown in my writing. hobby or not. I am enjoying the ride and proud of myself at how far I’ve come and grown in my writings.

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  5. Nope! ๐Ÿ˜€ … I plan to, but I tend to get more involved in what I’m planning (or currently) writing to have time to go back and read the old stuff … anyway it might not be as breathtaking brilliant as I think it is and I’d torture myself about either going over it and trying to fix the ‘problems’, or resign myself to cringing every time I think about it … best not to go there at all. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. Important share Audrey, I had my say on Chuck Litka’s post.
    Re-reading is a necessity when it comes to embarking on a series of works. No writer should offend the great god Continuity. And you get to know your characters better (or at least get used to them telling you what to do)

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  7. That was an interesting discussion, Audrey. I tend to revisit and tweak books every 5 years or so. My writing improves, I think, and I want all the books to represent my best efforts. I have two more to go, and then after a break, I’ll start all over again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Rereading my older material is like hearing the sound of my own voice. I wince at it. But, it’s a necessary and useful exercise. An early step in improvement and self-discipline.

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