Your First Novel

Are you in the process of writing your first novel? Share the ups and downs of your narrative journey!

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Started by Karoline Barrett. Last reply by Karoline Barrett Apr 2. 14 Replies

Excited to announce that the cover for my first novel, THE ART OF BEING REBEKKAH is now ready! It will be out in the Fall! Published by E-Lit Books.…Continue


Started by Karoline Barrett. Last reply by Karoline Barrett Mar 20. 9 Replies

If anyone is interested in blogging about women's fiction, my first novel, The Art Of Being Rebekkah is going on tour in December! Woo hoo!!! For more information, please click here. Thanks!!!…Continue

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Join Me on Twitter today for a Q&A!

Started by Karoline Barrett Dec 5, 2013. 0 Replies

Join me on TWITTER today at 2 pm EST as I do a Q&A with DJC Communications about my first novel, THE ART OF BEING REBEKKAH. @karolinebarrettContinue

First Chapter of the new novel I am writing.

Started by Donna Herrnandez. Last reply by Donna Herrnandez Sep 1, 2013. 4 Replies

Hello I am a new member here. I am writing a novel and have posted the first chapter on my blog. As this is my first novel I would really like some feedback ,  scary writing my first novel. IF you…Continue

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Comment by Eva Lesko Natiello on June 26, 2014 at 7:03pm

So excited to announce the cover reveal for my debut psychological thriller, THE MEMORY BOX:


Comment by Syeda Tasmia Tahia on March 31, 2014 at 7:04am

Hello Ladies. Anyone here have a moment (or a few, actually) to spare? I am looking some feedback on the 10th chapter of my YA Silent Voices. It is written from a omniscient third-person narrative, focusing on one or two of the for MCs feelings (or silenced voices) in each chapter.

Silent Voices: Flowers and Flirts

I have taken forever to actually get down to writing this chapter (January blues turning to March blues!)

It would be very kind of you to give me any positive, negative or constructive feedback you may be willing to share. Thank you very much in advance! :)

Comment by E. B. Purtill on February 20, 2014 at 7:41pm

Not long to go before I publish my first novel, The Lamb. Please check out my Kickstarter project or my website. I'd love to hear any feedback the group has to offer.!blog/c18in

Comment by Eva Lesko Natiello on February 11, 2014 at 10:00am

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Comment by Kristen A Petersen on July 24, 2013 at 3:58pm
You might also look at Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. She uses the shifting POV style effectively in several of her books. What might be really helpful is to see what she did in The Fiery Cross. I've read the series many times and this is the most complicated in terms of POV. This particular volume may actually be a useful tool for seeing how the multiple third person views might challenge readers to stay focused on the story lines. I love her books but this one is tough.
Comment by Liz Gelb-O'Connor on July 24, 2013 at 2:59pm

@ Linda Rosen, A book that did the first & third person POV shifts effectively was a YA series by PC & Kristen Cast, a mother daughter team that wrote the House of Night YA Fantasy Series. The MC Zoey's chapters are written in first person, all the other characters are written in 3rd person. My only advise is to make sure you separate chapters when you jump POVs. Each chapter in their books are titled by the character whose POV you are in. Good luck!

Comment by Suanne Schafer on July 24, 2013 at 12:38pm
Linda Rosen -- You can do anything you can get away with as far as 
narrative voice. I am currently doing the same sort of thing in a novel.
Third person past tense for the 1890's part and first person present tense
for the 1969 part. I find it helps give the two female protagonists very
different voices.

Comment by Linda Rosen on July 24, 2013 at 9:34am

I agree with Melanie. Don't take it so hard, Christina (easier said than done!) The most important thing to remember is, "it's all in the revisions." Actually, I enjoy revising, making the story better. It seems easier once the words are already on paper (or keyboard, I should say). We've all made the mistake of submitting pages or entire manuscripts before it's ready. We think it is, but when we step back and give ourselves some time away from the work, have others read it and comment, (only other writers, not family or friends) and then read it aloud ourselves, then we see where we need to tweak, rewrite, throw out stuff, etc. I don't see anything wrong with a little flipping out once in a while. It's good for the writing soul. After I do it, I manage to slow down and take a serious look at what's been said about my writing and generally see the wisdom in the critique - though there are times I throw it out and shout, "What does he/she know? They just don't get it!" It's a fun journey. Enjoy it Christina, and take your time. Find trusted critique partners. We can't do this writing stuff in a total vacuum.

Comment by Melanie Conklin on July 24, 2013 at 5:21am

Hi, Christina--congrats on writing (most of) your first novel! Here's the thing: you need to finish writing it as you planned. Then, send it out for reads with trusted critique partners, and let it rest for a minimum of two weeks. Then and only then can you look at it with fresh eyes and decide how to revise. Revisions can be as simple as editing words--and as complex as removing whole charpters, characters, or story lines. Sometimes a revision is a full re-write of a story. Rarely do we write exactly the right story the first time around. So take heart, and have patience and persistence. This is something I have to remind myself of all the tie. In fact, I totally forgot my process last week and flipped out, and only now am I getting back on track. It happens to the best of us. If you'd like to feel better about finishing your draft, read my blog post about it--sometimes another writer's angst takes the edge off your own!

Comment by Brenda Moguez on July 21, 2013 at 6:40pm

Christina, the fact that an agent took the time to even tell you that isn't so crummy. Most agents have a zillion queries on a weekly basis and don't even bother. If I were you I'd turn it around and consider what she told you. Not YA - maybe it fits into the New Adult category.  My advice, don't stop.


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