One of the hardest things for me to realize was that I am a flawed person. I don’t mean when it comes to personality or temperament, but I mean more along the lines of professional skills. Let me explain…
When I first started out writing, I knew that I had a lot to learn, but I considered myself pretty skilled. By the time I completed my first novel, In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent, I thought I had the writing thing down pretty well.
Boy, was I in for a shock! A few reviews opened my eyes (I’ll be writing about this on Friday), and I came to realize that I had A LOT to learn.
My dad always said, “The more you know, the more you realize you don’t know.” I always hated that saying, but it’s absolutely true! As I delve more and more into the world of writing, story-telling, and being an author, I realize that there is so much to learn.
Which has helped me tremendously! I’ve come to understand that I will make mistakes in my writing. With that understanding, I’ve started to actively SEARCH for those mistakes. If I can find them myself, it will improve the quality of the work by the time it gets to the people who are reading it–alpha readers, beta readers, editors, and finally the general public.
It’s amazing how often I end up correcting my writing. Take that sentence right there as an example. It started out as “correcting myself as I write“. I changed the structure of the sentence in order to improve it (or at least I think it’s better).
Any time I write, I look for mistakes. I’m comfortable with the fact that I will make them, so I can look for them to eliminate them.
The same with life! I’m going to make mistakes as a partner, a parent, and a professional, but that’s not a problem. It’s just part of being human. But if I can look for the mistakes I’m making, I can correct and eliminate them before they affect those around me.
Thanks to this simple habit, I’ve improved not only my writing, but also myself!