NaNoWriMo Day #4

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 4! Hard to believe we’re 4 days in. How’s it coming? Hey, one more day and we’ve got our first official NaNo weekend! Whew! Some inspiration for you: 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 Plath Hear 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...

“Tude-torial #5

~ By D.D. Scott For today’s Chick Lit “It’s all about the attitude” ‘Tude-torial, I’m Goin’ Babbitt! That’s right…as in Sinclair Lewis’ famous 1920’s satirical character George Babbitt. ***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’...

NaNoWriMo Day #3

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 3! How are you all doing today? Writing like the wind and pleased as punch with your word count? Crying over cold cups of coffee and rueing the day you created your NaNo profile? It doesn’t matter. You’re participating, and writing, and that’s what counts. Here’s your daily dose of inspiration: “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 Mossman That’s right. Give your novel everything you’ve got! Your...

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...

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