Diary of a Newbie Novelist

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April 2011

Where do our ideas really come from?

Often when I’m at my day job character traits, dialogue, scenarios pop into my mind that may add to a section I’m working on in my book – sometimes they get used, sometimes they’re discarded. The point is, for me anyway, 75% of writing fiction is thinking, playing out a scene in my mind, feeling the emotions of my characters in an effort to convey them in the text. Getting words down becomes easier, when you know what you are going to say and how to say it convincingly.

Whilst I am busy creating, indulging, I realise that I don’t think of my book in a business context.

April was a month of diversions in the UK. Easter celebrations meant a long weekend off work, the Royal Wedding gave us all an extra bank holiday, the London Book Fair… All distractions to editors; keeping them from their reading piles.

It was time to stop the compulsive email checking and move forward with my next novel. By busying myself with creating new characters, indulging in prose, drafting dialogue, I tried to put the submission to the back of my mind. It wasn’t easy, particularly when friends and family were constantly in contact, asking for any news, but I did my best.

Initially my Agent emailed me with weekly updates. He was hearing good things, the feedback was positive, but no deal, as yet. As we approached the end of the month those regular emails started to dry up…


Jane Isaac is very much a Newbie, she doesn’t even have a website yet (one day…) and with a day job, a family and a very demanding black Labrador, she squeezes her writing into every spare moment she gets. Join her on the rocky road from pen to publication – hopefully!

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