Lessons learned…


The idea for this post came from one of my faithful followers who suggested that I write about the lessons learned from book one. What would I not do again the second time around?

One of the very important, if not the most important things a writer must do, is read. Reading more is definitely up there at the top of my list of things to do going forward. Reading not only gives a writer new ideas but also gives helpful tips on sentence structure, plots and character profiling.
Secondly, I am going to try my hardest to not be as obsessed with word count as I have been over the last year. If I can try to eradicate that from my mind, I will hopefully not be trying to force words or even shorten chapters etc. I have heard that this is quite common amongst writers so I know others share in this random obsession.
Lastly, I am going to try and pencil in set writing hours. This past year has been about grabbing an hour or two here and there so I would like to find my most productive time of the day and stick to it as best I can.
Thank you as always to each of you for your kind words over the past week, month and year. You have made a real difference to this process. I can’t thank you enough!
Take care and don’t forget to keep an eye out for the release of my synopsis next weekend! I am hoping to launch ‘A Hole in Serenity’ the weekend after (26th March)!! Eeeekkk!


  1. kutukamus · March 23, 2016

    Quite a sensible piece
    Good thing I read other people’s blog
    Like this 🙂 🍸

    Liked by 1 person

    • drakes1 · March 23, 2016

      Hey there! Yes, it’s good to share the ‘what not to do’ as well as the ‘to do’! Thanks for reading. Keep in touch. Take care, Mark.


  2. Only in Dreams. · April 5, 2016

    Wow! This must be so exciting. Writing a book is something I want to do someday in some distant future and reading about your experience gives me more hope and motivation. Keep writing and keep inspiring!

    Liked by 1 person

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