Have you ever been reading an author's work, and you've noticed her or his voice has changed? It used to be one way, maybe lighter, now it's darker? Or maybe sadder? Or happier? Or more in-depth? Now more shallow or rushed?
Life happens. Just like with anyone else, life intrudes and we change. So it seems that our writing would change also.
Our voice is probably the same. And something about our work is the same. But I think about how I was writing A Ghost of a Chance at Love, and my mother was enjoying the story as I wrote it. Or even the very first story I had written, that I still want to publish--that my dad read and loved. They had heart also...but it was a different me back then.
We do grow as authors as we write--improve, learn to edit better, hopefully entertain better.
But sometimes in that growth, our work becomes something different. I remember my kids saying that about Rowlings's Harry Potter series. How it became darker and darker.
I wonder why. Is it that she can write what she truly wants to write now? That with the income and the freedoms she has to have some say she could do what she wants?
Or is it that her life has changed so much that it's affected her writing?
And I love Heather Graham's work, but she started writing suspense and not so much romance. I loved her romantic suspense. But we must do what our heart tells us to do.
Change is inevitable for all of us. Sometimes it affords us a chance to spread our wings and write what we want. Sometimes it molds us into what we write today.
With that profound thought out there--what do you all think?
Have a super Saturday!!!
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