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 Bronnie Marcus. Last reply by Felicia Dillon Apr 11. 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. 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


Started by Karoline Barrett. Last reply by Karoline Barrett Apr 2, 2014. 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, 2014. 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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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

Comment by Valerie Brooks on December 12, 2011 at 12:08am

I just posted Part Il of my blog on CRITIQUE GROUPS. This time I profile mine with specifics on how to form one, what to look for, and best yet, PHOTOS OF MSS. PAGES THAT HAVE BEEN CRITIQUED. The pages are real, the comments are, too.  I also share my observations on how groups should work and what makes them successsful:

Comment by Karoline Barrett on December 6, 2011 at 3:09pm

Hi Sharon and welcome!


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