The man who writes the lyrics for Elton John, Bernie Taupin, once said recently that there are earlier lyrics of his that he just doesn't understand anymore. Even though millions of people still like them and listen to them, he is very critical about them. He obviously cannot rewrite them just as much as a novelist cannot rewrite a book. In cases like this I don't see the benefit of beating yourself up over something you can't change. If you have half a book written that you penned 20 years ago though, that's a different...…..story.

We can always go back and edit things out that are dated or just plain bad writing. What I do is take a moment and see exactly what is wrong from an objective point of view. I distance myself personally from what I wrote 20 years ago which, if you think about it, is pretty easy considering I am a very different person than I was 20 years ago. Therefore, it's a fairly easy thing to do.

From there, it's also fairly easy to repurpose what you wrote in the words and style you use today.