Work in Progress

Tonight (it’s night for me as you read this, as I live in Australia :)) I attended my daughter’s annual school music concert. Watching the younger children playing their violins and cellos, it struck me how far she’s come in a very few short years.

I think think that’s the same for all of us, but it is really noticeable in musical instruments. She plays the violin and the piano, and practice and maturity and self-discipline have taken her so far.

It’s harder to see it in something like writing, or accounting, or lawyering, or teaching or whatever it is you do. Sometimes we forget, because it is hard to see, and also, when you improve a little more each day, it isn’t that noticeable.

I wrote a time-travel novel some years ago, before I was published. I took it out the other day and gave it a quick read. There were some really great ideas and writing there, but some real fails as well. Reading it made me realise how far I’ve come and how I’d have to totally rewrite the book for it to be something I’d put my name to, now.

It was like looking at the 7 year-olds I watched play their violins tonight, and then seeing my daughter go up there and play.

We’re all works in progress, but what stands out to you as something you’ve really improved at over the years?

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Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. To find out more about her and her novels, you can visit her website.
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2 Responses to Work in Progress

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi Michelle,

    Congratulations on your daughter’s concert! Music is so important to me. It’s wonderful to hear about a young person’s success.

    I have worked at a number of things and improved in some…and backslid in some ๐Ÿ™‚ I was thrilled when I finally learned how to plant flowers properly. Playing flute has been a lifelong of learning. Relationships too. Lol.

    Do you think you’ll try updating that time travel romance?

  2. Hi Mary. My languages have definitely backslid. If you don’t use it, you lose it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I might one day go back to the tt romance, but I have so many new projects calling to me right now, it feels like a step back to rewrite it.

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