So now that I’ve sent Kiddie rides out to some Beta readers and actually gotten one response back, I’ve been thinking of so many things to add to it to make it better. That’s what happens, I suppose, when you create a story based on experiences from a job that you still have. You keep having more experiences that you think would be awesome to add in. So I’m really glad that I haven’t published yet. It could be really interesting to see if I still think of things after I’ve published, since I will probably still have that job.
I’m sure there are a lot of authors out there that go back and re-read their work after it’s been published and think about how much better they could have made it. As you write, you get better at writing. I suspect that in ten years, I’ll look back at Kiddie Rides and ask myself what in the world I was thinking. But that’s life. If I waited until I was completely confident that I won’t regret anything, I would never publish a single thing. So I guess, in the end, what we do just has to be good enough and we can’t go back and get mad at ourselves for it. Always push to be better and when you go back to read what you’ve done before, be glad that you’re better than you were.