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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Beta Readers Best Practices?

Started by Candace Robinson Mar 15. 0 Replies

Hi ladies! I'm new to the site and also to writing. I'm finishing up my debut novel and will be recruiting beta readers soon. Does anyone have advice on finding beta readers for YA fiction and/or…Continue

Tags: editing, novel, debut, readers, beta


Started by Karoline Barrett. Last reply by Karoline Barrett Sep 29, 2015. 11 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

Tags: novel, fiction, women's, Blogging


Started by Bronnie Marcus. Last reply by Felicia Dillon Apr 11, 2015. 1 Reply

I am in no hurry to write or finish my book as I am doing it out of passion but I find that I write about everything else, blog and get distracted, I have a basic plot and have only managed the first…Continue

Tags: procrastination

Building my characters

Started by Vibha Fenil Shah Feb 26, 2015. 0 Replies

My novel is about a school so has lots of characters. I have oullined the story and have a general flow. I have been told to expand my characters. All my characters sound same. Can anyone give me…Continue

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Comment by Julia Whitmore on May 28, 2015 at 7:33am

Thanks Liz. Finished a second draft a couple of weeks ago, and have been in agonies trying to get going on the next, hopefully final, version. Maybe better to pick up one of the other projects that were set aside for this one, and let it simmer for awhile.

Comment by Liz Gelb-O'Connor on May 28, 2015 at 7:18am
It's always a good idea to step away from a MS for 3-4 weeks before rewriting/editing as a final draft. You will do better starting your next project...
Comment by Frelisa Walker on May 28, 2015 at 6:41am

Hi everyone,

I'm trying to make it through the rewrites of my first novel. I keep wanting to move to another one. I don't think that's a good idea. I just want to complete the final draft of One Death at a Time.

Keep writing. :)

Comment by Ann Williams on May 5, 2015 at 5:30pm

Hi, I am new to she writes and so glad to find this group. I look forward to sharing and learning on this journey

Comment by Eva Lesko Natiello on August 2, 2014 at 7:39am

Wow, what a week it's been!! THE MEMORY BOX Kindle edition was downloaded 27,452 times in 3 days! This post is a thank you note which recognizes the real reason for that success:

Comment by Marybeth Holleman on July 31, 2014 at 5:54pm

I've written several nonfiction books and am now at work on a novel. This group has great advice, so am hoping you can help me: how do you mix research and writing? I was on a roll writing, realized I needed to do some research, and then - the research goes on and on, and the writing has now stalled. When do you stop researching and start writing? Do you finish all your research first, or do you do research on and off throughout the process of the first draft? OR do you write the first draft all in one go, then do the research to fill in the missing pieces? Thanks for any and all advice!

Comment by Eva Lesko Natiello on July 29, 2014 at 8:13am

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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


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