Next time I write, I'm going to remember...
10. It would be handy if my sleuth had super-powers like being able to be in two places at once and the ability to read people's minds.
9. Supporting characters have a tendency to grow.
8. Further to this, never threaten a character with deletion if they don't start talking. Said character will never shut up.
7. Accept and move beyond the fact that no matter what I intend to do, humour creeps into my writing.
6. Also accept that novels need description - it can't all be dialogue. Or accept I should write plays or screenplays.
5. Writing stories that take place 70 years ago involves far more research than I would have expected. Never think its all done.
4. Writing a novel takes time. I take more time than most.
3. Having a sleuth who is a picky eater has a tendency to make me hungry.
2. I need to have a character who collects dragon figurines. A supporting character, of course. Oh dear.
1. And sheep.