I'm a middle aged person who has never written a novel. I'd like to write one before I die. I've started a few, but never get very far. I'm very tempted (and have started several, and am currently writing) a fanfic. Primarily because when I read books I'm often intrigued as to how things will develop afterwards. Also for the selfish reason that if I could write a decent sequel to a well known book, that it would be more likely that I could actually get people to read my book. I'm not looking to do this as a career. But I'd like to have one novel written that at least a few people would read and enjoy. Because they want to read it not because they feel obliged for social reasons. I enjoy science fiction and post-apocalyptic fiction. I'm trying to write post-apocalyptic novel at the moment. In the post-apocalyptic genre it's easy to plot potential sequels, as often there's a lot of uncertainty as to what happened next and how things developed. (IMHO Earth Abides is one of the few PA novels that I don't think needs a sequel as it comes to sufficiently definite conclusion, but I'm hesitant to risk argument with my first post). More technique and skills would help a lot. My current main character is clearly too Gary Stu. Even though he was a relatively weak character at the end of the novel I'm writing a sequel to. My sequel starts five or six years after the real novel, and the character has (at present) grown up a bit too much since the end of the first one. I'm going to have to think carefully of character flaws and development. I'd better stop before this post gets to novel length.