The Jane Doe Novel Experiment

Creating Two New Novels. Writing One Chapter Weekly. Podcasting As I Go. Welcome to The Experiment.

About the Experiment

I call it, “motivation.”

I considered calling it, “crazy”, “not the wisest of choices” and “a really bad idea”, but in the end, I landed on “motivation.”

The truth is that I tend to do better when people are watching me. I’ve desired to write a full novel for a while now, but as long as it stayed one of my quiet little goals, it also stayed untouched. I need check points. I need deadlines. I need expectations. I need – motivation.

And here we are! 2012 and between podcasting, recording equipment, you, me and a Mac, I have all of the motivation I need.

Here is the plan from my side:

Tuesday – Sunday: Spend the week writing, editing, and recording a new Chapter to one of my first two novels, “Disillusioned,” and “Enough for Four”, and update you on my progress along the way via this blog and Twitter.

Monday: I’ll upload that chapter to my blog and let you know about it.

Here is the plan from your side:

Tuesday – Sunday: Follow my updates, write comments, send your love, encourage me through my darkest hours (otherwise known as writer’s block), ask your questions, & freely speculate as to what will happen next.

Monday: Enjoy listening to the new chapter!

Sounds a little intense now that it’s in writing, but that’s what I thrive on! Plus, I have a slight advantage. I wrote the first three chapters of, “Disillusioned” in 2007, which puts me a few weeks ahead of schedule.  After that…the real fun begins! Here’s to hoping this will be a rewarding and fun experience for all of us!

Happy reading/listening!


Jane Doe


20 comments on “About the Experiment

  1. Danielle
    May 25, 2012

    You are totally fearless my dear!

  2. nmjkemppainen
    June 12, 2012

    Oh wow, I just love, love, LOVE your idea! Hopping onboard a little late, but I’m definitely following your awesome project! 🙂

    • Jane Doe
      June 12, 2012

      Thank you! You’re not late at all. We’re just getting started! Welcome aboard. ^.^ I’m working through some technical difficulties with podcasting, so the 1st chapter of Enough for Four is on this blog in writting:

  3. last_lines
    June 19, 2012

    Hi Jane 🙂
    I love this idea of your’s and will follow you, your novel and your blog with interest.
    – Kim

    • Jane Doe
      June 24, 2012

      Thank you, Kim! Followers like you will keep me on track!

  4. littletash
    June 24, 2012

    Hi Jane,
    I think you’ve got a really cool idea here, especially given the odd state of the publishing world at the moment, so I’ve nominated you for the Lovely Blog award. I hope it introduces some new people to your experiment.
    Tasha x

    • Jane Doe
      June 24, 2012

      Aw, Tasha, you are too sweet! I’ll work on this today. ^.^

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  8. kathialf
    July 15, 2012

    That’s a really good idea! good luck with your project. I’ll be checking your blog 🙂

    • Jane Doe
      July 15, 2012

      Thank you, Kathialf. Along with the weekly new chapter, I talk a lot about writing, book reviews, and a bit of life. ^.^ YOUR blog looks very inspiring. I’m on board as a follower!

      • kathialf
        July 15, 2012

        thank you Jane! sounds good, I always love to hear about writing and book reviews. 🙂
        thank you so much for following my blog!

  9. Maggie Elizabeth
    July 28, 2012

    Cue applause! What a wonderful goal. I wish you luck in this endeavor. I’ve been trying to do much the same thing except I haven’t been putting it on my blog. I’ll be checking in!

    • Jane Doe
      July 28, 2012

      Thank you very much, Maggie. I’ll take the bow when it’s completed! 😉

      What is the story you are working on about?

      • Maggie Elizabeth
        July 29, 2012

        Well… I don’t want to give too much away 😉 but it’s a new twist on a dystopian society and it is centered very much around my faith!

        Sorry to be so ambiguous! 🙂 I’d like for it to be published at some point so I don’t want to take chances on theft!

        If you’d like to talk more about it, personally, I’d love to!

      • Jane Doe
        July 30, 2012

        I would like to discuss! Sounds interesting. I especially like that you’re including your faith. May I ask if you’ve written anything yet/how much or are you I’m the plotting stage? Or feel free to email me!

      • Maggie Elizabeth
        July 30, 2012

        I will definitely e-mail you!

  10. Lynn Williams
    August 11, 2012

    Just named you in my game of ‘tag’. Hope you don’t mind and have time to take part. Would love to read your answers!
    Lynn 😀

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