Goodreads asked Michele Micheal Rakes:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Michele Micheal Rakes Make reasonable goals. When I write a novel, I write a chapter a week, usually on a Friday. I spend as much time as I need. Once the work is finished, then I edit. Don't beat yourself up if you don't meet the goals you sent, instead stand back and make sure they're reasonable. I work full time, so I have to factor in time I want to write, but can't. I always have a little notebook and pen with me. If I get ideas I write them down which helps cement them into my mind. Just keep at it and join a critique group. Make sure you join the right one for you, though. Don't join a Christian mystery writers group if you write gay BDSM stroke fiction.

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