Moonlake’s Progress as a Writer

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This blog has now been up for exactly two and a half years (as of the time of writing) and just prior to the creation of this blog, I started dipping my toes into fiction. So I thought it’s high time that I do a post on my own progress as a writer since then.

What I’ve Done:

  • Dipped my toes in novel writing and
    • Fully outlined up to book 2 of a quintet and partially all the other books in the series
    • Written up to chap 15 for book 1 out of a planned 21 chapters
  • Tried my hands at short story writing through a multi-author anthology
    • Co-authored one short story
    • Written a solo piece- A Thread of Chance that I’m converting to a novella right now
  • Creating a new novel series right now
    • Outlining book 1 as I type now- round 1 almost concluded

What I’ve Learnt:

  • Signed up for James Patterson’s Masterclass, a course crash on all aspects of the writing and publishing process. What I took away from this was mostly the idea of doing comprehensive outlines based on the provided sample outline from JP
  • Learnt a lot about myself as a writer and a person from the epub venture
    • Fine-tuned/refocused myself on novels rather than short stories
    • Learnt what makes me tick versus what doesn’t as a writer and a person

What I’ve Achieved:

  • I’ve made the important mind change to viewing writing as a hobby to thinking about turning it into my career. I’m still doing a FT day job at the moment and planning to make the transition slow but the mind change is the important thing
  • I’ve broadened my social network and gained on board a lot of writer friends through social media
  • I’ve expanded my reading horizon slightly and taken on board historical fiction as a new genre
  • Last but not least I’ve made this blog which isn’t much now but can be leveraged to build an author platform for myself