This afternoon I attained a rather large writing goal that I had set for myself some time ago—I completed second editions of both Bloodline: Legacy and Bloodline: Legends, which will be released in conjunction with the third novel, Bloodline: Broken, when it's published later this year.
Making the changes for these second editions has been a lot of work, as there are pieces of the story that I rewrote paragraph by paragraph. It was a task that indulged my perfectionism, but one I'm pleased with achieving all the same. I know what I'm capable of as a writer, and I'm always striving to stretch my talents just a little bit more. How else am I supposed to grow?
Earlier today I was thinking back to November 2010. I was in the midst of National Novel Writing Month, penning the fifth novel in the Bloodline series, when I received notice that I was getting published. I was ecstatic at the time, and have since learned that it's true what they say—the grass is always greener. But that's another story for another day.
The one piece of wisdom I wish I'd had all those years ago is this: Trust your gut—not only when it comes to producing art, but when it comes to what to do with the art you've produced. Everyone loves to throw advice at you, but they're not the ones who have to live with the results. Make the art you want to make, and do what you want to do with it. Wherever that leads you, it should, at the very least, make you happy. Otherwise, what's the point?
How Far We've Come
The only point of clocks and maps
The only point of looking back
Is to see how far we've come