The Land of Hearts Desire

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First Chapter of my Novel - Reader Feedback

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Lest we Forget

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First Chapter of my Novel – Reader Feedback

As you know I’m editing my first novel at the moment, a contemporary mythic fantasy. Even though it’s daunting I have to say I’m enjoying it. I’ve switched my head from writer, not allowed edit, to editor and of course reader.

After some time dithering over process, googling second drafts and what not, I decided against printing it out yet. I attempted to read the whole thing through without making changes, attempted. I couldn’t resist making changes.

Overall I felt happy with it, wondered was I mad to feel that and then went on a slashing spree. I went back to the start.

And now…

Chapter by chapter I look for the parts that jar, overuse of the same word, the parts that don’t flow, that sort of thing. I cut, re-draft, read again and repeat.

I opened a new document for scraps but so far it’s empty and so far I’m only up to chapter 3 but that’s more to do with time constraints than with the book or me, lets just say summer’s a challenge.

I’d decided long ago to have my sister Martha read it. She is going to read the whole book along with this edit, chapter by chapter. She’s read two chapters so far. It’s really exciting for me to be able to share the vision of the story with her.

I also asked a few people to read just the first chapter and that’s been a really positive experience. None of the readers knew who else was reading so it was interesting and exciting to see consistent feedback from serious readers with a broad ranging taste in books.

I’m blogging the whole experience as it unfolds so if you want to look back on the story so far or keep up with developments you can find all related posts together in one place. Just look to your right for the image titled ‘The End’ under the heading ‘I Wrote a Novel’ and click to be whisked over there.

(Reader feedback below)

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 ‘Really well written, really draws you in. Left me wanting to know what happens next! Even though it’s not the genre of book I would normally read it has me hooked so that’s a pretty good sign!’ Caoilfhionn Ni Dhonnabhain

‘Wow jane this is really impressive, I love it. It’s very intriguing, atmospheric, mysterious. I want to know this back story of Caer’s ? I want to know what the quest is. It has a very deep sense of foreboding, that very dark events are unfurling. Anyway it’s amazing. When will you be sending chapter 2??!!’ Clare McGovern

‘I LOVE the atmosphere, it is exactly the kind of book I would want to read and not put down and the snippets of the characters are really interesting and vivid.’ Laura Gilheaney

‘Well all I can say is WOW!! Importantly I was hooked and intrigued from the first line. It’s a beautifully descriptive chapter. Your writing is gentle, whimsical and really enjoyable. I was thinking here’s a book I could lose myself in. Best of all was that feeling of definitely wanting to turn the page to chapter two! Hint! Hint!’ Kerry McClernon

‘Wow!!! From the opening lines the pace is fantastic! It gives so much but leaves you dying for more, for those untold stories. The descriptions are short but evocative and beautiful, the landscape and character ones stick in my mind, as do the characters’ mannerisms. Already I’ve a sense of the different personalities, have warmed to them and I’m hooked! Words I would use are intriguing, exciting, heartbreaking, chilling and wild.’ Martha Gilheaney

Ahhhh, you can’t end it there!!! It’s fantastic, you are immediately drawn in, and I WANT TO KNOW MORE!! Always the sign of a good story that I’m hooked immediately. Your language is beautiful and flowing, I love it. The flow, the names, the “sound” of the narrater. I am SO looking forward to part two ;-) Well done Jane, you have captured a unique essence in that chapter’ EmilyRainsford Ryan

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Giving Facebook the Boot

Hello out there I hope your’re well this rainy Monday? I’m having one of those days when you want to just curl up somewhere and think. I’m not sure about what but give me a notebook and pen and a corner by an open window just to listen to the wind and rain.

In fact that’s what I’m doing right now, just add a blog post.

Yesterday I decided to give my personal page on facebook the boot. I want to keep the blog facebook page but to do that I can’t shut my personal one, so the rules say. As way of compromise I’m cutting it down to just my other half and siblings.

I’m not sure if I’m doing the right thing or how long it will last but I just felt I had to do something. I could keep extended family and friends but you know what would happen, who to keep, who to cut and before long the whole thing would build back up.

Before starting the blog I worried a little about trolls but to be honest I haven’t had any trouble with trolls, until this week. I won’t go into it because as you know the rule with trolls is don’t feed them but suffice to say a nasty message was the icing on my overwhelm cake. I know everyone gets facebook fatigue at times and for different reasons but for me the problem is how it sucks time, energy and honestly at times, the life out of me.

If I had one page things would be different but with all my social media platforms it just all felt too much. I know energy vampires and trolls will still find me but I thought I would just remove one of the channels so it’s not coming at me from several angles if that makes sense?

If you’re a fan of my blog fb page don’t despair, I mostly LOVE that page, it’s not going anywhere and I’m not forgetting I’ve a book to sell :)

Even with changes in fb that limit the number of people that see posts, even with likes and comments down and the work involved in running it, sourcing quotes and articles and images I decided long ago I would run it if no one ever saw it only me.

I enjoy making it beautiful and use it to inspire my own life. It’s a popular page with a fast growing audience, the biggest driver, so far, of people to the blog, a promotional platform for the book and a source of like minded people.

So that’s the story. I need to concentrate on the book while also maintaining and growing an online presence. The two don’t always mix but they have to. So it’s goodbye to my personal page as an active space for a little while at least.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a new post so chat to you then. Have a lovely evening :)

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