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 Lucy Merrill on November 16, 2011 at 9:02am


I wonder if you could be working on your first novel as long as I have been? No, you look too young! I set mine aside for 15 years! Took it back up a while back and now I can see the end coming. Don't let this happen to you! Let it pull together in the back of your mind while you work on other things, but do not quit.

Comment by Jennifer Davies on November 16, 2011 at 8:58am

Hi Nona, Welcome. I think most writers get a phase of writers block. I find that when this happens I flit back and forth with other projects, sometimes a short story my critique group has set or my other WIP. A break can also do wonders and then settle back into it also whilst I'm on a roll sometimes I just write and eventually out of the nonsense something good pops up.Good luck x


Comment by Tonya Rice on November 13, 2011 at 10:54am


I've completed the first draft of my first novel (woo-hoo!)... yet, the rewriting phase has been more of a chore. After stepping away even from my blog awhile, I posted my thoughts on the process. Please visit...

I've been quite more overwhelmed about it than expected. Blogging about it was actually rather cathartic!!!


Comment by MaryLynn Bast on November 13, 2011 at 9:32am
My first story, "Dream Walker" has been posted to Here is the link:

Please visit the site and take a look. I welcome your comments and reviews.
Comment by Janet Beasley on November 4, 2011 at 12:27pm
Hello everyone! So glad to be here. My first epic fantasy novel is "Maycly" - Volume 1 in my 6 novel series I've titled HIDDEN EARTH. "Maycly" is currently out on submission for consideration of traditional publishing. To discover more of my creativity, and take a peek at some videos regarding "Maycly" please visit JLB Creatives.  Don't be shy, surf around through the different pages on my site, plus I'd like to personally invite you to become a follower while you're there to keep up with my novel progression and creativity. Here's wishing you a most wonderful weekend! ~Janet~
Comment by Karen Banes on October 25, 2011 at 2:06pm
Hi Everyone - I'm planning on posting some interviews with NaNoWriMo writers (throughout the month of November) over at my blog. If you're participating please consider answering a few questions and promoting your writing (and future novel!) Details here:
Comment by Michelle Gwynn Jones on October 22, 2011 at 4:26pm


Had a little problem opening up your site - using explorer - I tried three times and each time I had to shrink it to 50% to get the whole page.  It is proberly a simple setting issue (which could just be mine)

Comment by Karen A. Wyle on October 15, 2011 at 10:53am

Well, I made it!  I wanted my first novel, Twin-Bred, to be up by October 15th, my older daughter's birthday, for two reasons:

--Her participation in NaNoWriMo 2009 inspired me to try writing a novel, after a multi-year detour away from my ambition to be an author;

--She's my cover artist! (She's an art student at the Savannah College of Art and Design.)

The paperback is now on CreateSpace (though the site will be down for maintenance from 12-6 p.m. PST today, 10-15-11), and should be on Amazon any day, and the ebook is at these sites:

Amazon (Kindle):

Nook Store:


The tag line: Can interspecies diplomacy begin in the womb?  After seventy years on Tofarn, the human colonists and the native Tofa still know very little about each other.  Misunderstanding breed conflict, and the conflicts are escalating.  Scientist Mara Cadell’s radical proposal: that host mothers of either species carry fraternal twins, human and Tofa, in the hope that the bond between twins can bridge the gap between species.  Mara lost her own twin, Levi, in utero, but she has secretly kept him alive in her mind as companion and collaborator.

Mara succeeds in obtaining governmental backing for her project -- but both the human and Tofa establishments have their own agendas.  Mara must shepherd the Twin-Bred through dangers she anticipated and others that even the canny Levi could not foresee.  Will the Twin-Bred bring peace, war, or something else entirely?

Comment by Laura McHugh on October 12, 2011 at 1:03pm
Good luck, Celestine! My best advice is to write every day, don't be afraid to write a crummy first draft (you can revise it), and join a writing group to learn from each other and get feedback.
Comment by Mary on October 12, 2011 at 12:51pm

A final thought...When I started my novel I determined who the characters would be, determined their jobs (which in my novel was important) and how they were going to relate to each other.

The outcome and the theme of the book was somewhat what I had planned but it just evloved. Joseph Bates' book, The Nighttime Novelest states that once you get writing, to just let the characters and the plot take on its own life (Bates, 1972). This is really a good book and can help guide you in your path to "who" is telling your story, "why" they are telling the story etc.

The ISBN is 978-1-58297-846-8

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