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 Jennifer Hart on March 13, 2012 at 1:55pm

I am so excited to find this group on She Writes.  Being in the midst of a first novel, I love to see all you ladies who are too!  

Comment by Cynthia Shelton on February 27, 2012 at 12:10pm

Phew, not the only multi-tasker in the crowd.  One of the three, Contract Homesteading got stuck for over 10 years because I did not have the solution to the problem I gave the protagonist. I recently discovered a plausible ending based on a choice I made for my own life and can now get back into the story line.

Comment by Jennifer Davies on February 27, 2012 at 11:42am

Hi Cynthia, I started writing my YA romantic fantasy ,The Promise about two years ago and it still needs work! In between I dabble with the same genre romance but aimed at adults. I currently have two projects undergoing which I hope to submit to Harlequin or Mills & Boon at some point later this year.I debated back and forth, but when it gets tough with the revisions it's good to keep writing. I believe it actually helps and when you go back to your other work you are more focused and able to continue.  HTH Jen


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~


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