My first year…

Well it’s almost a year… 

I thought, that as we are approaching the end of the year that now might be a good time to tell you a bit more about how my first year as a writer has gone so far.
For all who want the short version, here is a quick Q & A:
Have I enjoyed it? Without a doubt
Has it been easy? Far from it

Have I had support? For the most part

Am I addicted? Big time

What have I found the hardest? Finding time

What have I enjoyed the most? The positive feedback 

Would i recommend it? In a heartbeat

As some of you know, I started writing in February this year. First putting pen to paper whilst sat on a bench in the north of England surrounded by snow. I remember sitting there staring at a blank page and thinking ‘If I start this, I’m going to have to finish it’. From the first word I was hooked. I could have sat there all day but apart from the fact that my gorgeous son would need his tea at some point, I had also run out of coffee!
Throughout the year I’d take each month as it came. Ticking off chapters along the way. Ive read about writing and contacted some big name authors for advice who I must thank for being so helpful and willing to share their knowledge with me.
Time has been hard to come by so every spare moment I have, I write. Half an hour here or there, a short train journey to work, a few words down whilst the tea is cooking. My story just has to come out one way or another.
I have amazed myself at how natural writing feels to me. Nothing is forced nor is it fake. I think, I write. My formula is that simple. 
Twenty one chapters… Done! My end is near and I plan to finish my first draft in 2-3 weeks so I’ll be back with an update soon. As always thank you to you, my followers, for all your support. What a journey it’s been! I am nowhere near ready to jump off this roller coaster!
Take care,


  1. chabou1978 · December 9, 2015

    Reblogged this on Chabou's Adventures.


  2. itsmesaraa · December 10, 2015

    I just found your blog on community pool , And i’m glad i did !
    Best of luck with your writing, and i really enjoyed reading this 🙂 !


    • drakes1 · December 10, 2015

      Hi there! Thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by. Your support means a great deal. I’m glad you enjoyed what you read. Keep in touch and thanks for following! Mark

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      • itsmesaraa · December 10, 2015

        I would highly appreciate your opinion on some of my writing.. the opinion of someone THAT experienced will mean a lot ! seriously.
        Thanks in advance Mark !

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      • drakes1 · December 10, 2015

        It would be a pleasure Saraa and one thing I would say having had a brief look already is that your posts and subjects are all very positive which is great! I am a very big fan of positivity so it’s great to read about too. Secondly, I like the way your readers are important to you. As they are to me too. After all we would not enjoy this roller coaster of a ride without them hey!? I’ve started following your blog so good luck to you too! Take care, Mark.

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      • itsmesaraa · December 10, 2015

        Thank you Mark !!

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  3. arianepeveto · February 16, 2016

    I have enjoyed reading your posts about the writing life and your process! I found your blog through Community Pool, and I have found it very engaging. I’ve been editing my novel and going through the querying process currently, so I relate to a lot what you’ve said! Keep up the good work, and I wish you the best of luck with your writing.

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    • drakes1 · February 16, 2016

      Hi Ariane, thank you for stopping by and for your feedback. It’s great to hear from someone going through the same process. Thanks again and good luck to you too. Mark

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