‘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...

An Interview With Lani Diane Rich

~ Interview By Melina Kantor It’s an absolute honor to have Lani Diane Rich (aka Lucy March) as a guest today! In addition to being the author of a bunch of fabulous chick lit and contemporary romance novels, she’s a born teacher. Through her podcasts, online classes, and blog, she’s been a mentor and an inspiration to countless writers. Until the day I heard Lani talk about NaNoWriMo on an episode of Will Write for Wine, it hadn’t ever occurred to me that I’d write a novel. That was in 2007. Now, in 2010, I have  just started my...

NaNoWriMo Day #12

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 12! TGIF! 🙂 So. Have you told your family and friends that you’ll be hiding this weekend, curled up with your WIP? Are they giving you grief about it? Hopefully not, but you may need to look them in the eye and quote Mark Twain: Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. ~ Mark Twain Your random challenge word of the day is: fruit Does a character send or receive a fruit basket? Any of the fruit...

NaNoWriMo Day #11

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 11! Happy Thursday! We hope you’re rocking those word counts! Today’s inspiration: I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter. ~ James Michener See? Don’t worry about the quality of what you’re writing this November. Revision is a beautiful thing. So just write on! Your random challenge word of the day is: inheritance Hmm. Maybe torture your protagonist by having her inherit something she’s always wanted and then hating it? Or maybe the inheritance gets stolen? Don’t forget to leave us a comment and let us know how you’re doing! And if you’ve managed...

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