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...

‘Tude-torial #2

~ By D.D. Scott Here at Chick Lit Writers “It’s all about the attitude”… So what better way to showcase the Chick Lit genre than to “show” some of that attitude?! Starting with last Wednesday’s post and continuing today, that’s exactly what we’re doing! To kick-off today’s ‘Tude-torial, take a look at this fabulous quote by award-winning journalist and multi-published author Jennifer Coburn: “…I find the attack on chick-lit more than a bit disheartening.  Is this where we are – one group of women writers mocking another, deeming its work irrelevant?  Are women really criticizing each other about what...

Pink Carnation Follow-Up

Happy Tuesday! Yesterday, we talked about Lauren Willig’s novel The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, a “genre-bending” novel with a distinct chick lit voice. Today, we thought we’d share a video of Lauren reading from her book so you can hear the chick lit voice for yourself. The video was taken last spring at Lady Jane’s Salon in New York City. So? What do you think? Do you hear a chick lit voice? Is this chick lit? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

Review – The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

Chick lit in 1803?  You better believe it. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig ~ Reviewed by Hillary Raymer Lauren Willig has a wonderful chick lit voice despite the fact that her novels feature espionage, fantastic flower spies, run-ins with Napoleon, and men in knee breeches.  Her characters are a savory blend of everything we love: witty, humorous, charismatic, intriguing, and sometimes stubborn.  The men are dashing, the women are riveting and they’re perfectly paired with suspenseful plots and beautifully described history. Willig begins in modern-day London through the eyes of Eloise Kelly, the narrator...

Apps With ‘Tude

Useful, muse pleasing apps for the chick lit writer. . . ~ By Melina Kantor Hello Fellow Chick Lit Writers and Fans! Congratulations! You’ve made it through another busy week. If your week was anything like mine, you didn’t get any writing done. But fear not. The weekend’s here! And for many, this weekend is three glorious days, so there’s plenty of writing time ahead. However, my muses (aka “Basement Divas”), which I told you about earlier this week, have had the week off, and they’ve been sitting around doing nothing but drinking cafe au lait, putting their feet...

‘Tude-torial #1

~ By D.D. Scott Here at Chick Lit Writers “It’s all about the attitude”… So what better way to showcase the Chick Lit genre than to “show” some of that attitude?! Starting with this post today, that’s exactly what we’re going to do! I’m calling these little feature-ettes “Attitude Tutorials” or “‘Tude-torials” for short. So here we go with our first Chick Lit Writers’ ‘Tude-torials’: “Only time can heal your broken heart, just like only time can heal his broken arms and legs.” — Miss Piggy, the Queen of Sassy Swines “Enemies are so stimulating.” — Katherine Hepburn “Happiness...

There’s a Diva in my Basement

A chick lit writer talks about her muses. . . ~ By Melina Kantor Some people have nightmares in their closets. Some people have boys in their basements (and not in a serial killer way). My basement, however, has a diva infestation. I’ve never seen them, but here’s a picture of their ancestors, The Nine Muses: The divas live in a private section of the basement that I never get to see, and are way more girlie than I. They decorate with daffodils, gerbera daisies, and a lot of pink. They’ve stocked up on champagne, tiaras, boas, and big...

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