I have been fighting to edit my novel for months now. Recently I realized most of my problems are because I simply do not write that way any more. I have been writing and working on my novel, The Mage’s Daughter, for five years now. In those five years my writing has changed and I hope I can say improved. Going back through the two hundred or so pages of my novel that I wrote while working night shifts or on lunch breaks I fight with my need to rewrite many of the narration. Comparing old and new scenes is like comparing my current writing to the poetry and prose I wrote in high school. While the old writing still holds up, my style of thought has changed and sounds completely different. I am fighting to reconcile the two without losing the fire that made me work on a book for five years straight.