To be me? Or not to be me?

That was the question. ~ By Jayne Ormerod Picture this:  A family dinner with my active-duty-military husband and twelve-year-old son, sitting on the back deck enjoying the gentle summer breeze.  I’d prepared a meal of spicy shrimp scampi and Italian bread smothered with melted cheese, green onions and poppy seeds.  After a glass (or three) of a spunky Pinot Grigio, I worked up enough courage to confess my lifelong secret.  The conversation went something like this: Me:  “I want to be a writer.” Them:  “That’s great.” Me:  “Actually, I’ve been writing for a few years now.” Them:  Gentle murmurings of encouragement. Me:  “My first short story will be...

Apps With ‘Tude

Writer Care and Recovery Edition ~ By Melina Kantor Happy Friday, fellow chick lit fans! We’re back, with more apps. But first, a lesson: So I took my own advice and used all those cool writing apps I was talking about. At the height of the frenzy (aka NaNoWriMo), I was on a train, drinking a cup of coffee with one hand and writing my novel on my phone with my other hand (using just my thumb). I had a goal, and there was no way I wasn’t going to reach it. Never mind that I made the horrible...

‘Tude-torial #10

~ By D.D. Scott It’s time for our weekly Chick Lit “It’s all about the attitude” ‘Tude-torial!!! And perhaps because I’m at a state-wide Sheriff’s Association Event for the entire week with my DH – meaning the testosterone levels in our hotel are at all-time highs – I ended up stumbling across this little gem from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening: “WOMEN SPEAK IN ESTROGEN AND MEN LISTEN IN TESTOSTERONE” ‘Course…let me tell ya…from what I’ve heard this week – yes, while eavesdropping in the lobby and hotel bar – men sure as hell “speak” in testosterone too! But...

‘Tude-torial #9

~ By D.D. Scott How’s this for a beyond fabulous, Chick Lit “It’s all about the attitude” ‘Tude-torial? I’m thinkin’ attitude is personified to the max by Queen Nora – yes, as in NYT’s Bestseller Extraordinaire Nora Roberts. Check-out these Nora-isms from her RWA10 Keynote Luncheon Address then practice them in your favorite hand-held mirror: “How the hell do you look it up if you can’t spell it?!” –  regarding using a dictionary “Don’t waste time bitching!” “Assholes remain assholes.” “Find a friend who will buy you a drink at the bar.” So, in Queen Nora Spirit, “Suck it...

NaNoWriMo Day #30!!!!

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day Number 30!!!! That’s right, Novelists. It’s Day 30. You made it! If you’ve reached (or are planning to reach) 50K, way to go! Congratulations! We are throwing virtual confetti your way and are standing by with Gatorade to pour over your head. Go celebrate! 🙂 And, if you’re not at 50K, we’re here to tell you that it’s all right. Check out these words of wisdom from Chris Baty, NaNo founder: “And if you fell a little short of 50,000 but still wrote your heart out, I have a little secret to share.  In the course...

Booksellers Sell (Chick Lit) Books

~ By Chris Bailey In our last post, Karin Wilson, president of Page and Palette, a three-generation independent bookstore in Fairhope, Ala., reassured us that Chick Lit is not dead in her market. She also shared some excellent ideas about how authors and booksellers can work together for mutual benefit. Q. We’ve heard reports of the death of independent booksellers. How has Page and Palette managed to thrive? A. It’s getting tougher and tougher for sure! We are an events-driven store so we bring in really great authors to the store about three times a week. We are well...

NaNoWriMo Day #29

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 29! Take a deep breath. It’s almost over! A relief, right? (And also a little sad. Don’t worry. That feeling’s normal too.) Today’s inspiration: “There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.” ~ Doris Lessing Your random challenge word of the day is: pulse Maybe you’ve got a character so boring your protagonist describes him / her as having no pulse? Maybe somebody’s pulse is racing? After this month, you know full well that writing a novel is serious, hard work. Anyone got any comments for this guy? Don’t forget...

NaNoWriMo Day #28

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 28! Three days left! No matter what your word count is, hopefully your story and your characters are taking shape. Isn’t it a great feeling? Today’s inspiration: The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. ~ Arthur C. Clarke 50K seem impossible? Keep trying for it anyway. You never know what’ll happen. Your random challenge word of the day is: bliss Okay, just remember, unless you’re at the end of the book, that bliss can’t last long! You’ve got to keep torturing those characters. Don’t forget to leave...

NaNoWriMo Day #27

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 27! Four days left! Tick tock, people. . . Today’s inspiration: “From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.” ~ Franz Kafka Your random challenge word of the day is: hum Maybe your hero or heroine hums? Or maybe an appliance? 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! Happy Noveling! 

NaNoWriMo Day #26

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 26! Hopefully you’re relaxed, rested, and ready for a cozy day of writing. Here. We’ll help provide the ambiance. Here’s some hot cider for you, you know, to reward you for all of your hard work this month: Now, onto writing. Today’s inspiration: There is no way of writing well and also of writing easily. ~ ANTHONY TROLLOPE, Barchester Towers So true, but such a shame. . . Your random challenge word of the day is: lunatic Pinky swear, that’s the first word that came up! 🙂 You’re welcome! Don’t forget to leave us a comment and let us...

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