At the weekend I was looking through old DVD'S of data, rootling about for baby photos and other gems, when I came across a file containing the first couple of chapters of a novel I had completely forgotton I had started. Apparantly it is possible to forget things like this. I opened the file named, rather originally 'A Novel Idea' with interest and it all gradually came back to me.
What I read was full of stereotypical characters, contrived dialogue and cliches. Worst of all, what I'm fairly sure was meant to be the introduction to a surreal fantasy horror (definately not my genre anymore (although I love to read them)), read like a Mills and Boon romance (Maybe I should try one of those).
Overall I was satisfied. Either this is an extreme case of time (five years) making you a better editor or maybe, just maybe I'm better at writing than I was then. Either way, there is light at the end of the tunnel.