NaNoWriMo Day #2

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 2! How’s everything going so far? Any successes to share with us? Leave us a comment and let us know how you’re doing! Here’s your daily dose of inspiration: 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. Doctorow Your random challenge word is: triumph Ooh, and triumph we will! In honor of all of our suddenly neglected pets, we leave you with a laugh, curtesy of Cheezburger.com: Write on, and happy noveling! :-)

Chick Lit Fans “Meetup”

~ By Meredith Schorr Long before I ever thought about writing a chick-lit book, I was addicted to reading them.  The first chick-lit book I read, and the one I hold responsible for my subsequent insatiable appetite for more, was Watermelon, by Marian Keyes.  During the scene where Claire exercised on the stair climber while drunk off her ‘arse’, I laughed my own ‘arse’ off.  I found the scene especially humorous since, at the time, I owned a stair climber and my closest guy friend joked that I probably exercised while holding a bottle of beer.  For the record, I never did that but I digress…...

NaNoWriMo Day #1

Hi Everybody, and welcome to NaNoWriMo Day 1! As promised, here we are with a bit of daily noveling inspiration: * “It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” ~ William James Huh. 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...

Apps With ‘Tude #3

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...

‘Tude-torial #4

For today’s Chick Lit “It’s all about the attitude” ‘Tude-torial, I’m revealing one of my favorite tools in my Muse Arsenal. Why? Because let’s face it… Sometimes as we write the books from our hearts we feel like shouting “This Book Is Fabulous” “I Am A Brilliant Writer”! Other days, it’s more like this: Or this: In the above example, we’re the birds mating for life with our writing careers.  Flying into a window instead of battling brutal publishing industry winds isn’t far off base at all…is it? If you’re like me, it doesn’t even take an entire day...

Finding Chick Lit

~ By Chris Bailey Last Sunday, I settled into a deck chair overlooking a blue lagoon to read a middleweight newspaper, with no interruptions except for the occasional squonk of a territorial heron. I didn’t expect to find a huge bonus—but tucked inside the Baldwin (County, Ala.) Register, I found the local answer to the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Forty pages of News and Views, filled with author interviews, a calendar of signings and other store events, and book reviews by category. When I spotted the Chic Lit section, I contacted Karin Wilson. The president of Page...

Ready, Set: NaNoWriMo!

Er. . . NaNo, uh what?!? ~ By Melina Kantor Hey! It’s almost here! There’s only about a week to go before thousands of fearless writers down multiple gallons of coffee, strap themselves to their computers or writing implements of choice and attempt the impossible. I’m so excited about it I can barely sit still long enough to type this. What am I talking about? Why, National Writing Month (commonly known as “NaNoWriMo,” or “NaNo” for short) of course. And I’m here to answer all of your questions about it. Here it goes! Q: Uh, I keep hearing about...

‘Tude-torial #3

Saying here at Chick Lit Writers that “It’s all about the attitude” came with all new meaning for me in the past two days and here’s why… Monday at around 2:30 pm Central Time my latest release hit #1 on two Amazon Bestseller Lists plus a #2 spot as well!!! Yesss!!! Yesterday, it also hit as the #1 Hot New Release for Amazon’s entire collection of writing books!!! (And the book has only been out since Friday 10/15!!!) But here’s the thing… If I hadn’t focused on my own attitude the nine years it’s taken me to get to...

Hold the Bimbos, Please!

The ditzy lead character formula might be wearing thin, even for some die hard fans. ~ By Melissa De Silva Today, unlike some of the hapless dames in Mad Men, women don’t have to pretend to have the IQ of an ornamental goldfish to get ahead in life. So why on earth would we want to read about a lead character who has cotton candy for brains? We pitched the question below to 3 smart, sassy, chick lit readers: * * * Q: What do you think of a heroine who’s independent, smart and focused more on her career...

Apps With ‘Tude #2

The First Date Edition! ~ By Melina Kantor Hello! And TGIF! I hope you’ve all had a great week! The weekend’s almost here, and for many that means getting ready to dive into some serious writing. Which means that some of us need to wake up our muses. Luckily, like I said last week, there are apps for that! Here are this week’s muse-pleasing apps with ‘tude. * Drumroll please! * Question of the Day — Your Character Building App: Has this ever happened to you? You’ve thought up a perfect protagonist, with a cute flippy haircut, an adorable...

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