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

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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 Lynne Favreau on February 27, 2012 at 10:20am

I've got three novels going. I put the first on hold because the magnitude of it scared me. The second was a NaNoWriMo win that I'm 3/4 of the way to a first draft on but then was distracted by an illness and year long treatment. Rather than jump back into finishing it when I was ready to write again, I started another for NaNoWriMo again.

The third one I am trying to finish before going back to the second but, the second story has been on my mind lately so I did take some notes, and wrote a scene that was playing in my head so i wouldn't forget it.

I have been itching to get back to the first novel since I'm much more confident writing now and have a firmer grasp on what I need to do but I think there are too many interwoven stories to juggle (six storylines/MC).

While I do write notes as thoughts come to me and actively keep all the novels in my thoughts, I think I need to push now to get one story to get done.

Comment by Karen A. Wyle on February 27, 2012 at 9:46am

Cynthia, you're following in the footsteps of Isaac Asimov. He typically had several projects going at once. (Given the diversity of his output, they may have been a mix of fiction and nonfiction.) When he felt the teensiest bit weary of what he was writing, he turned to the next with renewed enthusiasm.

Comment by Cynthia Shelton on February 27, 2012 at 9:29am

Is anyone else out there silly enough to try to write more than one novel at a time?  I find that when I write my characters into a corner I can switch gears and push the next one forward a little bit while the first one sorts itself out.  Not very focused, plus I expect it takes longer to make progress on any front.  Thoughts?

Comment by Mia Loveless on January 22, 2012 at 7:11am

Hi,I really love learning how to create and  complete my first novel. I will probably use social media for promoting it soon :-)  I cherished  every now and then the moment and effort to realized my first novel :-)<a href="http://www.mialoveless">Mia Loveless</a>

Comment by Valerie Brooks on January 9, 2012 at 10:53am

When you publish that first novel, where will you get it reviewed? I interview Diane Prokop about the new breed of blogger reviewers. She reviews fiction and non, and has tips for authors who do readings, plus some great stories about the authors she has interviewed. Informative for us writers who will need reviews.

Comment by Rebecca Elswick on January 6, 2012 at 8:55am
Hi Laura
My debut novel, Mama's Shoes, was recently published. I would love to share the story of how I won a punishing contract by entering a contest in Writer's Digest!
Comment by Janet Beasley on January 5, 2012 at 7:41pm

Hi Laura - just dropping by to put my name on the list for a blog interview. My first novel is slated for a late Jan/early Feb release. I'd like to personally invite you to check out the information at  If you're interested, please shoot me an email at Thanks so much - have a stellar evening! ~Janet Beasley~

Comment by MaryLynn Bast on January 5, 2012 at 4:43pm

Laura, I am interested in participating in your author interview the last week in January. My first novel No Remorse was released 1/1/2012 on  

MaryLynn Bast



Comment by Cornelia Pauline on December 27, 2011 at 9:22am

Hi everyone! I'm new to She Writes & because I'm just in the process of fine-tuning and finishing up my first novel, I thought that this would be the perfect group to join ;). 

Comment by Tonya Rice on December 19, 2011 at 8:38pm

I've been sitting on the fence about self-publishing/traditional. Just posted my thoughts about which process I believe would work best for me right now. Please feel free to visit my blog:


Thanks, Tonya


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