How did I get here?
Someone read The Recital, in its entirety, and the rewarding feeling I felt when I got my edits back from Kate is like nothing I've felt before. She recognizes the promise it has, and I can't wait to get started on the revisions. I wrote a first draft, rewrote the draft before sending it to the editor, and now I'll be writing the final draft. The draft that will be formatted for print and eBook.
Look where I am. When the words first hit the page for The Recital, I had no idea I'd get this far. But here I am with a manuscript that is nearly complete. I got here with focus, devotion, moral support from friends and family, a lot of coffee, and practice.
I'm only human. I'm not perfect. I never will be. The Recital won't be perfect. But if there's ever something you want, you have to practice, practice, practice. You've got to make mistakes and learn from them and apply the knowledge before those mistakes become bad habits.
Part of practice is understanding the people who are doing what you're doing. As an artist, it's important to observe what's trending and pay closer attention to the people who have experienced significant success. What are their habits? What is their routine?
Their habits and routines may not be the ones you adapt, but if you want to see any success with what you do, you have to have routines. You have to get better daily. Progression has to be consistent, even if only by a few baby steps.
Look at where you were last year this time. What were you doing? What were you thinking about? What new habits had you started? Which ones did you abandon and which ones did you keep up? Did they make you a better person?
All that energy in adapting new habits should be reciprocated when you're trying to eliminate old bad habits, too. Spending too much time on Facebook? Haven't worked on a project in a week--again? Distracted by too many other ideas? Sacrifices will have to made along the way to 'perfection,' and that's one of the hardest parts.
All of this is part of your practice. Practice is what you do for life. Practice is what you do for a living. Perfection is not something you obtain, but it is something you shoot for. You'll get close the harder you practice. And the closer you are, well--the better and the more successful you are.
So that's why you practice. That's why I practice.
Final draft, here I come!