Thursday, 26 January 2012

The Blank Page...

I’ve been away for a couple of weeks but now that I’m back - I’m excited to tell you that I’m just about to embark on a new and longer journey - I’m about to face the blank page once again and start writing a new novel!

So, my dear friends, do you think you might be interested in travelling with me on this exciting new novel journey? Do you want to find out exactly what it takes to write and publish a novel from start to finish? Perhaps, if you are a reader, you’ve always wanted to write a book yourself?

My first book was traditionally published in paperback but I have since gone on to self-publish my second and third novels as e-books. These have gone on to be bestsellers on Amazon’s Top 100 lists and are currently selling well all over the world. Would YOU like to get involved in following the progress of Book Number Four? Over the next weeks and months I’ll be discussing the ups and downs of my writing and regularly seeking out your opinions and advice from right here on this blog. Then, later on in the year, we can discuss matters such as editing, formatting and cover design, and everything else that takes us from an idea to a finished book.

So far, I’ve done the extensive research that I advocate as the best way to ‘know my characters’ and I have two such people now firmly embedded into my head. I’m not entirely settled on their names yet, but one is a hot-shot female lawyer, an eco-warrior and passionate green campaigner. The other protagonist, and the love interest in the story, is an ambitious industrialist.

What now? Well, they will meet in chapter one and I think I’m going to open the first scene in his point of view (POV).

I’ve always been a bit of a ‘pantser’ - this means that unlike writers who prepare a carefully planned story outline - I just start to write and hope the ideas will pop into my head. It’s a risky strategy. I mean, ideas can (and do!) dry up and this can put you right back to that intimidating first blank page. I suppose I have blind faith in that somehow, perhaps on a subconscious level, it will all come together in the end and that by allowing my characters to tell the story (rather than it being plot driven) it will emerge fresh, pacy and engaging. Well, that’s what I’m hoping anyway!

Next week, I hope to have names for my first two characters. Do you have any suggestions? What do you think is fashionable right now and can you think of a name to suit my beautiful lady eco-lawyer and her handsome nemesis, the industrialist businessman? Perhaps we could have a poll and vote on the best name suggestions? As I don't have a title yet either - we might have to do the same for that too!

You will see from my sidebar that this blog has just been nominated for a Top Writer Blog Award. This is a huge honour as it comes from an educational website and if you have a moment to spare I’d love you to consider voting for me. Your support would be greatly appreciated. No signing up necessary - just a click through from the sidebar button to the nominee list and press the Vote button. Thank you!

See you next week…?
Janice xx

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Pauline Barclay said...

I'll be back for more, sounds so exciting.

Liz Harris said...

Good luck with your new book, Janice! What an exciting day it is, the day you write the words Chapter One.

I hope that it's an easy journey to the completion of the fourth book.

Liz X

Old Kitty said...

Yay for pantsing things cos I am one confirmed pantster and run away from plotting! LOL!

What an exciting way to begin your next novel!!

I say: Angelina for your heroine and no not Brad for your hero.. erm... Aiden?

Yay! Thanks for such a fun event! Take care

Diane Fordham said...

What a great idea Janice. I will be following with interest. :-)

Louise Graham said...

Loving the sound of this!!

My name choices would be Cheryl and Richard!

Cheryl (as in cole .. Very Gorgeous and bang on trend and Richard well that's easy .. Say business man to me and I always think Branson!!)


Rosemary Gemmell said...

All the best with that new novel, Janice! I'll watch with interest. Enjoying reading RFtStars just now. Good luck in the blog award - I'm nominated too!

Anne Mackle said...

What a great idea Janice I'm looking forward to reading about the process. Abigail (Abi) for the female and Ross or Gareth for the male both strong names. I voted for you.

Janice said...

Thanks for the comments and the suggestions and the votes - you really are a wonderfully supportive lot! xx

I've received some name suggestions via Twitter too - so I'll put them all together at the end of the week. Keep 'em coming!

Valentina Hepburn said...

This sounds great, Janice. Really looking forward to your posts.
How about...Olivia and Matt.

David P. King said...

That is awesome! I love starting a new book from scratch. And congratulations on your successes so far.

I gave you a Shout-Out on my blog today! :)

Janice said...

Hi Valentina (wow, I love your name!) thanks so much for your visit and your suggestions!

Hi David! Nice to see you here my new Twitter friend - do come back soon!

Kath Clarke said...

I really like the names Liam and Carla, look forward to seeing what you choose.I'm sure it will turn out to be a great novel,after reading two of your books I can't wait. xx