I think the hardest part about being an author is that we get better every time we write and work at it. That means that now, only two weeks after getting my first novel published, I’m already a better writer. Now, I happen to think it’s great, that no matter where we’re at, we can always get better.
I love my characters. I love my world. I enjoyed writing the story a lot. Now, two weeks later, I already can see how I would have improved it if I wrote it again. See, no book is ever perfect. We always see things we’d change or do better when we look back. That’s because we’re better writers now. I can still love my book, even as I see it’s strengths and weaknesses.
As a person and author, I seek excellence, not perfection. Excellent for me on my first book will be very different than excellent for me on my twentieth book. If I wait for a book to be absolutely perfect, I’d never get a book written and published. I try to get the best story out that I can when I’m ready to publish it. Will it ever be perfect? No. That’s okay, in my opinion.
What I know is that the later books in the Forest Guardians series will be written with more polish and experience. I don’t just write, I study writing and word-craft. Self-compassion allows me to enjoy my early works, knowing I’ll get better as I go. I do love my first book, for a multitude of reasons. I always will. Is it perfect? No book is. Still, it was an adventure to write, learning how to actually make a novel!
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.