Hello all. I'm Mark (no big surprise there considering my username, and I've joined because for some idiotic reason, it's only just dawned on me that there would be forums for writers on this here interweb... I'm not usually this slow... honest. I've had little bits of non-fiction published here and there - trust me, absolutely nothing to write home about (excuse the pun) - but my labour of love is a story that I've been developing for over a decade now. Finally I got to the point at the beginning of this year where I decided "enough of the research and development" and started writing, putting pen to paper. After various ups and downs I finally finished the first draft a couple of weeks ago - the first draft of the first book that is - and now I'm having problems (I really thought it was supposed to get easier after the 1st draft . So here I am, having stumbled upon this fine resource, and will kindly be asking for advice... and if at all possible, offering it too. M.