I'm going to try to include an author Q&A in most of my newsletters. If you want to ask me a question, you can feel free to contact me through my website. Sometimes I may ask another author to answer a question, just to get a different perspective. This month's question is:
If you could go back and change one thing about your writing career, what would it be?
This one's easy. I'd take my novels seriously, sooner. Ever since I graduated college, I've been a writer of some sort. My first job was writing marketing copy and then, after bouncing around the corporate world, I went out on my own as a freelance writer.
All that time, I was writing novels but just tossing most of them in drawers. (Or not finishing them at all because other things seemed more pressing.) I didn't take it seriously until one day I had this thought: "Will you be happy if your whole life goes by and you didn't at least try to get something published?"
I decided that, while publication might not make much of a difference in my happiness level, not even trying just might. I mean, it's one thing to say you tried and it didn't work out. It's another to go to your death bed and think, "What would have happened if I had just tried?" There's regret and then there's REGRET, if you get what I'm saying.
That it actually worked out has been amazing and every day is a new experience of some sort. So if I could go back, I'd have gotten serious about my novels much sooner!