Yesterday, I sent some links to a blogger who wanted to read more of my complete serials in one post. After doing that, I read two of them again, which took a long time.
Do you ever re-read your own blog posts, or fiction you have posted? It is not something I have done that much of, other than in the initial editing or proof-reading stage. There is so much available on other blogs for me to read, why read what I have already written?
Spending time doing just that proved to be very rewarding. Not only did I see how my writing has started to improve over time, I also realised that most of the fiction I write has an identifiable ‘style’.
More interestingly, I actually enjoyed reading a 30,000 word story as if it was fresh to me, seeing it from the perspective of a reader, not a writer.
In all honesty, and with little or no humility, I really enjoyed both of those all over again, and I intend to go back further, and re-read more of my long stories as complete posts.
I recommend that any of you posting fiction do the same thing. You might find it as rewarding as I did.