NaNoWriMo Day #20

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 20! We’ve got ten days left! Today, to kick off our writing-filled weekends, we’re giving you a question from the “Truth or Dare” app. How would your protagonist (or any character of your choosing) answer this question? Can you work the answer into your story? What secret wish do you have that you haven’t told people? Does your protagonist get what she wishes for? Does she live to regret it? What would happen if people found out about the wish? Why hasn’t she told anyone? Your random challenge word of the day is: snobbery Maybe your protagonist’s dog...

NaNoWriMo Day #19

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 19! Ah, it’s Friday again. Raise your hand if you think this has been one very long week. . . Let us not get distracted by thoughts of turkey, air travel, and putting up with family. We can deal with that Monday, right? Today’s inspiration: Writing, I think, is not apart from living.  Writing is a kind of double living.  The writer experiences everything twice.  Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind. ~ Catherine Drinker Bowen, Atlantic, December 1957 Huh. No wonder NaNo makes us so tired! Your random challenge...

NaNoWriMo Day #18

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 18! How’s week three treating you? Is your plot kind of, sort of gelling? Are your characters more able to stand on their own two feet? If yes, yay! If not, trust us, just give it a bit more time. Today, we’re back with another overheard conversation. You know how we, and your muses, feel about those! At a public boat launch, three men wrestle a boat onto a trailer: “Whoa, Nelly!” Proving that not everyone uses expletives, even when landing on his. . .patootie. ~ Overheard by Chris Bailey Aw. What an adorable...

‘Tude-torial #7

~ By D.D. Scott For this week’s Chick Lit “It’s all about the attitude” ‘Tude-torial, we’re goin’ all RozFocker-ish! That’s right…as in the Barbara Streisand played Rosalind (Roz) Focker character in the beyond fabulous movie MEET THE FOCKERS! If you haven’t seen the movie, go get it right now!!! It’s a hoot!  And I truly believe one of Streisand’s most wonderfully brilliant portrayals yet!!! And there isn’t one of us Chick-Lit Chicks or Super Chucks (Hi, Jeff! J) that couldn’t benefit from goin’ a little Roz Focker in our lives – yes, ‘lives’ in its plural form since we...

NaNoWriMo Day #17

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 17! Today, we thought we’d try something a little different. Instead of a quote, we’re giving you (actually, your protagonist) a random question from the “Funversation iPhone App.” Hopefully, the answer(s) will spark a scene, or two, or three. . . Here it goes: Tell about an event that happened that at first seemed bad but turned out in retrospect to have been a good thing. Hmm. Maybe your protagonist gets stuck on a train or in traffic and is late for something really important, but then ends up meeting Mr. Right because of it? Your random...

NaNoWriMo Day #16

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 16! How’s week three going? As you know, we at the blog highly recommend eavesdropping to get your muses going. And since we strive to be helpful, we’ve done some listening in for you: Friday morning before work, two guys in shirts and ties in a breakfast café reveal their plans: “My wife’s going on a women’s retreat with the church.” “All three kids all weekend? You’ll be exhausted.” “They said I have to feed them, too.” Unguarded conversation is a valuable aid to understanding the male perspective. ~ Overheard by Chris Bailey Your random challenge word...

Like Chick Lit and Chocolate Cake

~ By Melissa De Silva This week, in the final post in the Chick Lit Gets Conscious series, I chat with supernatural fiction writer Samantha De Silva (yes, she’s my sister!) to get another genre author’s perspective on chick lit. 1) How would you define ‘good’ chick lit? It has to grab me. I have a terrible attention span. Also, I’m obviously going to be reading chick lit with different expectations than other genres. I need a protagonist that’s not flat, she needs to be able to think for herself as well. For example, there was one chick lit...

NaNoWriMo Day #15

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 15! Wow, we’re half way there?!? Inquiring minds want to know: Is that a relief? A terrifying thought? Just know that two weeks from now, no matter what happens, the pressure will be off. Not that you shouldn’t keep writing. But slowing down a little (or a lot) may not be a bad idea. There’s nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein. ~ Walter Wellesley Ah, if only it were that easy. Your random challenge word of the day is: brilliant As in, your NaNo books are brilliant. As...

NaNoWriMo Day #14

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 14! Yikes. We’re almost at the halfway point! Anyone take the NaNo Powers That Be up on their challenge to be at 23,338 words by Sunday at midnight? Today’s inspiration: If you’re going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow. — Louis L’Amour Easier said than done, but oh, so very true. Your random challenge word of the day is: quits Does your protagonist have a job...

NaNoWriMo Day #13

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 13! Ooh, Day 13. . . Sounds a bit creepy, doesn’t it? It’s the weekend. Weekends are meant for rest and fun. So, as you’re writing, keep this in mind: I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like child stringing beads in kindergarten, – happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another. ~ Brenda Ueland May all of us feel like a content kindergartner as we write today’s 1667 (or more!) words. Your random challenge word of the day is: backwards Does your protagonist get...

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