Is Your Writing Getting Better?

November 1, 2015

Years ago, when I was yet a beginning fiction writer, I met a British novelist of many slim published novels.   She was a house guest of a friend. My impression from talking with her was that she wrote “nice stories,” not distinctive, not in any particular genre, simply “mild” mainstream.

I did not think she earned a great deal of money from each novel, rather just enough to stay afloat.

I asked her the following question:   “But is your writing getting better with each novel?”

She answered, “No.”  Her voice was full of disappointment. “I am too busy writing.”

She had become a commercial author, trapped.

One writer who RISKED continually was William Faulkner.