Now that 2013 is coming to an end, a lot of people are focusing on their regrets from the past twelve months. From the things that didn't work out so well (Diets? R
As a writer, I have some regrets.
1. Lack of character diversity in my first two books
2. The happily ever after endings
Feel free to roll your eyes at any time, cause I sure am! I hate those 'Hollywood' endings that you see on made for TV movies
Although it is true that I could probably rewrite every one of my books ten zillion times and never be completely happy, I'm also not happy with the edits for my first book. It was actually quite disappointing since I hired someone (and paid a shit load of money) to take care of that side of things, in the end, it wasn't up to the standard I had hoped. I realize I was new to the publishing world and was fumbling around cluelessly, but in the end, I must take responsibility for this lack of professionalism.
Again, I think it is important to be honest when you made bad choices and hold yourself accountable. Having said that, I also think there are times to simply accept your old decisions as they are and write them off as life lessons. Hey, no one is perfect and my journey as a writer has been a collection of lessons and learning experiences. I didn't start with a degree in English. I had little knowledge of the publishing business. I didn't have an agent or traditional publishing house to help guide me on the most appropriate way to get my career off the ground. I learned about marketing, (social media and otherwise) creating a website, dealt with publishing issues, got my books into libraries and many other aspects of this industry, on my own. And I'm still learning.
And I think that just may be the perfect way of looking at life as well: we aren't perfect but we are always learning. And as long as you are learning, then there is nothing to regret.