Let's talk about editing...
I've heard that Kurt Vonnegut Jr. labored over each page until it was perfect as soon as he wrote it. He wouldn't have a rough draft of a book, or even a first or second draft. Just a final draft. That's not just rare, it's unique. Good storytelling takes practice. The storyteller must try out different phrases, different cadences, even different themes, and choose the ones that best tell the story. It takes rewrite after rewrite, usually. There's a story about James Joyce that says that a friend of his found him slumped over his desk with his head in his arms. His friend asked him what was wrong, and he replied, "I've only written seven words today!" His friend answered, "But James, seven words is good, for you!" Joyce responded, "Yes, but I don't know what order they go in!" Editing is important, and it takes time. Stephen King is my main influence, and I've read some of his work that hasn't been polished up for publication. Holee-mackerel, is there a difference! It's still leaps and bounds ahead of my own writing, but boy, is there a difference! The point is that I'm still not an expert editor, especially of my own work, and many of the stories I'll share here aren't meant for mass publication, so I haven't spent a ton of time on them. What I'm trying to say is, they get better. If the first few, or dozen, seem like a mess, give it a chance. They do get better.
What editing skills I do have came to me by way of a memoir-writing class that I started attending in April of 2019. The writing coach, Heidi Thorsen, has continued to be supportive and helpful while I undertake this journey. This is the first memoir I wrote for the class, and it provides a little background information about me. money_memoir.docx