Having finished Hoodies 2 and Book of Pain, and waiting for my wonderful beta readers to give me their impressions of what I've written so far of Kongomato 2, I cracked open the vault where languished my old floppy discs. Did we ever really use those? It's hard to believe. Anyway, I retrieved, finally, the first half of Old Geezers 2 that I had written on Word Perfect 5.1 which I still believe to be the best word processing package ever written - right until Coral bought and buggered it up.
I just cannot believe how intrinsically awful it is. Not the plot, I still like that. What's awful is my writing style, or lack thereof. So many "That's", no contractions and passive verbs slouching limply all over the MS. Not that I think I'm the best writer in the world now but I have definitely improved. So, and I don't think I'm the only one, if you want to see how much you, as writers have improved your technique, see if you can find something you wrote about five years ago. Prepare to cringe. I did.