Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen? ~Friedrich NietzscheYour random challenge word of the day is: adventure That's right, time to make your characters start packing, either literally or figuratively. Speaking of dancing and adventures, let's all do a happy dance that the weekend is here!
Don’t forget to leave us a comment and let us know how you’re doing! And if you've managed to use any challenge words in a sentence, please share!
And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. ~Sylvia PlathHear that, Evil Internal Editor? You heard what Sylvia said. Bye now! Your random challenge word of the day is: farewell Aw, is your protagonist bidding somebody a fond farewell? Poor dear. Write on, and pay no attention to the Evil Internal Editor behind the curtain. Even if it has taken cat form:
(Used with permission from Debbie Ridpath Ohi at Inkygirl.com.)Don’t forget to leave us a comment and let us know how you’re doing! Happy Noveling!
***Note the rather Chick Lit-esque cover art?! How’s that for some fun stuff?!*** So why Babbitt? Well...let’s face it... Just like Sinclair Lewis said in one of my favorite Bitchy Quotes:
“It is impossible to discourage real writers – they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write.”And after all, it is the launch of NaNoWriMo 2010 so all you NaNoWriMo chicks and chuckies best be pullin’ a Lewis and bankin’ on your dreams that you’re a Lewis-style “real writer”...right?! Here’s the thing... Sometimes you’ve got to be your very own Babbitt...in that you’re shouting to the world, and not giving a rat’s ass whether or not anyone hears you, you’re shouting ‘cause you feel like it and your shouting “Screw conformity. Screw “the norm”! I’m a real writer! Hear me roar...across my keyboard!” So play with your muses. Create your own kinda Wonderful Life on your pages. Roar, Babbitts! Roar! Even Babbitt - who played and got burned – knew at the end of his jaunt that he was much better off for having had the courage to buck the norm and go for his dreams. Even after his personal and professional and social fires were out, he then understood how to love and support those people whose fires were just beginning or kindling into big ‘ole five-alarmers! It’s all about having the courage to Babbitt-it-for-a-bit ‘til you find that magic balance between your personal life and your writing life. You can do it! And we’re all here cheering you on! Take a walk on the wild-side...start to live and work like a full-time writer! Sexy Sassy Smart Chick Lit “It’s All About the Attitude” Wishes & Goin’ Babbitt-for-a-bit Brouhaha --- D. D. Scott D. D. Scott is a romantic comedy debut author and a Writer’s Go-To-Gal for Muse Therapy, plus the #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of MUSE THERAPY: UNLEASHING YOUR INNER SYBIL. You can get all the scoop on her, her books and her Muse Therapy Online Classes and Live Workshops at http://www.DDScott.com.
"Never save anything for your next book, because that possible creation may not be properly shaped to hold the thoughts you're working with today. In fiction especially, anything that could happen, should happen." ~ Tam MossmanThat's right. Give your novel everything you've got! Your random challenge word of the day is: tested Ooh, so maybe your heroine's patience is tested? Or perhaps some waters, real or figurative. Write on, chick lit fans! And again, we leave you with something on behalf of all the poor pets being neglected this November:
(Used with permission from Debbie Ridpath Ohi at Inkygirl.com.)
Don't forget to leave us a comment and let us know how you're doing!
Happy Noveling! :-)
Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way." ~ E.L. DoctorowYour random challenge word is: triumph Ooh, and triumph we will!
Write on, and happy noveling! :-)
“I have an addiction to chick lit and soap operas”; “I love chic-lit and have been wanting to join a book club, looking forward to this event"; “I love to read chick-lit, so this seems like a great way to meet new people by reading books that I probably would have read anyway :)"; "Yay for chick lit!!!"; “I thought I was the only person in the world who thought chick lit is deep enough for discussions. I am super glad that I found a bunch of women who think the same”; “I love to read and Chic Lit is my favorite”; “Looking forward to meeting other fellow chick lit fans!”; “I love a good chick lit book and would also love to discuss them with others who enjoy them too!”; “I love reading, especially chick lit!” “I am the self-proclaimed queen of chick-lit”; “I've recently started reading chick lit and LOVE it!!!”; “I love to read chick lit, basically it is all I ever read now.”; I love NY and reading chick lit”; “I unabashedly admit to absolutely loving Chick Lit and look forward to discussing them with others”; “I love to read and have been wanting to join a book club for some time. I love that this is focused on chic lit.”Among the members of my book-club, some are attorneys, others are medical students, at least one is an actuary and many are accountants. They told me they read chick-lit because it makes them laugh and after a day with their nose to the grindstone, standing before a judge in court, diagnosing serious illnesses or working on complex tax issues, they want to read something funny. Many of the members have lost their jobs as a result of the economy and they read chick-lit to escape the stress of rent checks, student loan payments and credit card bills. But from the workaholics to the unemployed and everyone in between, we all agree on this – we love chick-lit. We love the quick wit, fast pacing and, of course, the attitude. Personally, I like reading about characters who feel like friends because their struggles are similar to my own or those of my friends – only with snappier dialog and the inevitable happy ending. When I finish a good chick-lit book, I feel warm and fuzzy inside and I like it! Many members of my book-club have complained that some of their favorite authors are no longer writing light, fun reads and have opted for my serious women’s fiction. They miss the Jane Green of Jemima J; the Jennifer Weiner of Good in Bed; and the Emily Giffin of Something Borrowed. Many authors write deeper women’s fiction and there is certainly an audience for it. I am not suggesting New York stop publishing these books. But there are countless others who prefer fun, “light” reading and we want to see new books on the shelves too! My book-club (and the multiple other chick-lit book-clubs on www.meetup.com alone) is proof positive that chick-lit is not dead. To the contrary, it is alive and kicking and I dare (make that double-dog dare) New York to publish more and watch them fly off the shelves. Meredith Schorr lives in New York City and works as a trademark paralegal at a prestigious law firm. In addition to writing humorous women's fiction novels, her passions include running, spending time with friends and family and rooting for the New York Yankees. Meredith is a member of Romance Writers of America and Chick Lit Writers of The World.
"It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome." ~ William JamesHuh. Attitude. Not a problem here, right? As a bonus, the lovely Claire Cook, author of Must Love Dogs, has a page full of information for writers that she wanted to share with us. Thanks Claire! Each day, we'll also be posting a "challenge word" for you to sneak into your writing. (Words come from here.) Today's word is: crush (As in "to have a crush" or "to crush" or "to be crushed.") Feel free to post your favorite lines, words of wisdom / encouragement, your word count, or other NaNo related news in the comments! Good luck everybody! :-) P.S. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter.
The NaNoWriMo Kickoff Edition!~ By Melina Kantor Hello Everyone, and TGIF! As we discussed last week, it's almost time for NaNoWriMo! Yay! :-) Don't let that scare you! We're here to help. With apps, of course. As a bonus, we're even throwing in a few extra resources. (If you're not participating in NaNo, the just consider this a list of fun writing treats.) 1. Word Count Apps WriteChain allows you to set a writing goal, and then keep track of your writing progress. If you keep up, you create a chain. If you don't, you break it. WriMoDemon is a word count app targeted to NaNoWriMo participants. It keeps track of your goals, words, and the number of days left in the challenge.
2. Keep track of your story ideas and notes with the Evernote app.
Never forget a story idea again! Panters and plotters alike will appreciate this amazing organization tool. You can write and organize notes, record voice memos, take and / or organize photos, and much, much more.
Scrivener too, which is so absolutely incredible I've decided it deserves its own post. Sadly, it can only be used on actual computers and iPads. I swear, it's worth it for the index cards alone.
3. Write or Die!
Have writer's block? Not in the mood to write? Need a kick in the pants? If so, this site is perfect for you.
You set a goal, and let's just say the site holds you to it.
(Plotters, you should also take a look at this free sticky note app. I haven't downloaded it yet, but I'm swooning already.)
3. Noveling Apps
We've discussed these already, but here are a few apps that will allow to you partake in noveling madness even when you're on the go:
*3. Will Write For Wine If you want to learn more about NaNo, you simply must listen to this episode of Will Write for Wine. It's extra special, because Lani Diane Rich shares the story of how her first NaNo book, Time Off For Good Behavior, was published. And the genre? Chick lit! Get this: Lani was the first previously unpublished author to have a NaNo book published. Talk about a Chick Lit claim to fame! If your muses need a bit more inspiration, check out some other apps we chick lit writers love.
~And there you have it! If you've got any NaNo resources, be sure to leave a comment and let us know! We'll be back soon with more NaNo inspiration, and lots more apps to get you through November.
(Used with permission from Debbie Ridpath Ohi at Inkygirl.com.)
Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah. By day, she is a computer teacher, hence the affinity for apps. You can learn more about her experiences with NaNoWriMo here.
~Chick Lit fans, what do you think? Do you expect certain characteristics in a Chick Lit read? NEXT UP: Page and Palette’s Karin Wilson returns with more on independent booksellers. ~ Chris Bailey’s writing for hire has appeared online, in numerous U.S. newspapers and in mailboxes across the U.S. and Canada.