Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Better with age?

I think about writing books a lot.  I guess that makes sense since I spend a good amount of time working on writing books, but recently I've been thinking about the progression of a writer.  I guess it's because I'm revising one book while trying to figure out what I'm going to write next.  I've also been querying, which is something that always makes a writer think about how good they are and how good they can be, I think.

So, the progression of a writer:  Do we get better the more we write?  Every bit of advice we're given includes writing more, right?  So do we actually get better?  I'd like to think so, since the first book I ever wrote was horrible.  Really horrible.  The second book made me think that maybe I could actually write books because it was the first time a story really fell into place for me.  Writing has actually, at least in the first draft stages, gotten easier the more I do it.  That first book took me a year and half to write because I didn't know how to write a book.  Or at least I didn't know how I write.

Now I know my process and what works for me and what doesn't.  Am I getting better?  I don't know.  I like KC as much as I like H.  But I would surely hope that I'm getting better and not worse.

What do you think?  Do writers get better with age?