Ideally, we writers grow and find some fresh insight, some new glimmer of revelation, with each blank page we fill. I know I can go back and look at something I wrote last month, last week, even just yesterday, and see immediately where there's room for improvement.
Now that I'm finished with the mystery I spent the last year writing and have it shopped out (slamming me into Waiting mode), I'm feeling ready to go back to another ms I left in hiatus last year. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to look at it now, judge its strength, see where its flaws are, and give it a thorough revision in a reasonably short period of time.
Overall, I thought it was "pretty good" the last time I looked at it. It will be interesting to see whether my impression changes when I take it back out of the drawer. What am I saying? Of course, my opinion will have changed. Big chunks of that ms are going to immediately strike me as "Suck City." Such is the whole raison d'être for review and revision.
When you become complacent, when you no longer believe (or want to hear) that your work can stand some polishing and fine-tuning, or when you develop a sense of complete laissez faire about the whole process, that's when it's time to perhaps look into another pastime. I see writers who, I swear, are using the same stale passages, the same tired old phraseology, even the same recycled words they were using two or three years back. Something is fundamentally wrong when they no longer have the capacity to come up with something fresh and new.
Which reminds me -- Psssst. Girlie. Yeah, you. Clue. You really need to write better press releases, especially if you're going to stick with the same old free Internet variety. You need a new hook! Seriously, at this rate, you don't have a prayer of pimping your client's old, recycled verbiage that's never, ever rejuvenated.
Speaking of lazy writing, can anyone tell me what in the world this Wild Word, symbalize, might mean?