Why is Writing about Patient?

Impatience can ruin a story and your reputation.

I published my first book, Pegasus Colony, through impatience.

I was sick of it and wanted it out of my hair. I thought it was ready, so I published it.

I should have placed it on the shelf and let it settle while I worked on something else.

Some of my first reviewers complained about how poorly I wrote and how bad the characters were. As a new author, I sold a lot of books, but many of those readers were not intersected in a second book.

I went back a year and a half later and read it. I was embarrassed. I knew better and genially though I had accomplished my goal of writing a well-written book. I had not.

I cleaned it up, so it’s is better, but it still needs work.

To my amazement, there are those who really like Pegasus Colony, despite its flaws.

They write good reviews about how interesting the story is, and now they like my characters. It not only warms my heart, I’m honored and humbled. It makes me want to improve just for them.

The second book, Storm’s Coming, is much better.

My goal is to squelch impatience and take the time to do it correctly.

Now instead of forcing me to plow on, I set goals. Once that goal is finished, I take a few days, to a week off, and work on something else, then I go back to the original project refreshed.

This new plan is helping me better enjoy rewriting the third book in People of Akiane, Jessica’s Mission.

I wanted to finish this rewrite by the end of the year, looks like I’m going to make it.