Learning to Listen, Read, and Write

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What’s the hardest thing to do when you’ve received praise?

I believe the hardest thing for many of us is to consider that we could have done better.

Yes, you’ve done something that received acclaim, but does that really mean you’ve done your best?

No, it means you’ve done enough.


In July 2015, while I was working hard simultaneously on Give & Take: A Tale of Erotica, and Beyond The Law: Retribution, I wrote a blog titled A Review of Reviews.

I stated in the post that I intended to get my main projects published by December 2015, and then I would tackle each of my titles, one after another to perform a full critical analysis and rewrite.

Well, guess what … it’s November and those two main projects are now published.


What are my projects for the months ahead?

My agenda is flexible, but fairly well set up for the foreseeable future:

1.  Continue working on my next anthologies
The Welcome: and other Sci-Fi stories
A Time for Courage: and other military stories

2.  Dust off and get back to work on my fact-based fiction / coming of age story A Life of Choice, which I will now be producing in a series of books.

3.  Continue to work behind the scenes to support and build on the success of the Indie Author Support and Discussion Facebook group, especially with the restructuring of the group website.

4.  Read and review titles from the IASD group website.

5.  In December 2015 I will begin what I said I would do – commence a detailed revision and rewrite of all of my titles.

– Make a copy of the main manuscript.

– Read and make notes from every review, whether positive or negative issues.

– Locate and amend the negative issues as a priority.

– Read the story as a reader, and look out for the telltale signs of the novice. I will have a list of key words and phrases in front of me to locate and zap / replace.

– Subject each chapter individually to Grammarly to double-check punctuation, grammar, and so on.

– Amend the cover and inside information to have a subtle ‘Revised Edition’ with the appropriate date.

– Ask for beta readers in advance of completion.

– When all bugs are ironed out, republish and set up a Kindle Countdown Deal to kick-start interest in the title, and my brand.

– Move on to the next title.


How long will it take?

Time is not my major concern, because if I’m aiming to achieve a higher standard, it takes as long as it takes.

I’d like to think if I don’t touch the poetry series, I might be capable of dealing with the novels and short stories by next summer. It will be interesting. I’ve no doubt there will be many things which are fine, but there will be issues and it will be a test of my mettle to deal with them properly.


I will of course report back on a regular basis. Once underway, I will not give up.
Thank you once again for joining me on my journey. All comments are welcome.


7 thoughts on “Learning to Listen, Read, and Write

  1. I’m reading ‘A life of Choice’ right now Tom. Especially interesting as DH was also in the signals. No problems with it so far, an easy read. You’ve just arrived in Loughborough.

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    1. Hi Lucinda and thank you for dropping by. Thank you also for the initial feedback on that one. I’ve never tried first person so at the moment I’m not sure if it will work better for this particular story.


  2. Julia Lund

    You are self-disciplined and full of resolve and I’m not in the least surprised you are achieving your goals. You deserve to enjoy the fruits of your efforts with great success. Cheering you on.

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  3. Thank you for the visit and the very kind comments Julia. Every week of hard work is worth it when I spend a few seconds reading a kind comment. 🙂


  4. ramonawray

    Wow, Tom! What you call “interesting” I would call “intimidating as heck” 🙂 You continue to amaze me with your stamina and consistency – I honestly don’t know anyone with a better work discipline! Applause, applause…

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    1. Hi Ramona and thank you for dropping by with such a kind comment. I spent most of yesterday working on the IASD website, and by 1am my head was spinning. 😀
      I’m at my p/time job today, but I’ll be back and hard at it this evening.
      Until later my friend. 🙂


  5. What a task you’ve set yourself, Tom. Very commendable: we can always improve, though I loved A Taste of Honey and Two Days in Panama. I look forward to reading more of your stories, improved or not!


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