The Romantic Times (RT) Conference, 2012

~ By Angela Kay Austin At what age did you decide (realize) you were meant to write?  It’s always been a part of me in one way or another.  When I finally made the decision to jump off that bridge and submit, I think I didn’t sleep for weeks waiting for responses.  When the rejections came, I just knew they were wrong…how could they not see my genius J It took years, but finally, I did receive that wonderful wonderful yes! Now, feeling like a “legit” author, I thought it’s logical attend a conference.  Participate and sign.  Attend lectures. ...

Hell Week (+ Giveaway!)

~ Sandy James  As a high school teacher, I often find myself picking up slang that’s thrown around by my students. (The first time I saw something I liked and said, “Sweet!” my husband laughed for a solid minute.) After the release of my first Carina Press book, I adopted one of my students’ terms—Hell Week. I’ve heard it used by band members the week before state championship competition. It’s used by drama kids the week before a school play. The week before Spring Break is always called Hell Week, and—trust a teacher on this—it lasts forever. I couldn’t...

Giving Great Blog

~ By Robena Grant I realized I was intimidated by what I imagined the ChickLit Writers blog to be when first invited to be a guest blogger. I visualized a younger set of writers who were into high fashion—and probably high heels—maybe even multi-published. Yikes! All things I am not. I reserve the high heels for those “going out to dinner” dates where I climb out of a car, walk a few steps, sit down, retrace my steps, and then go home and kick the killers off. Then I thought about the authors who I know personally. They might...

[Repost] Five Memorable Novel Elements

~ By Chris Bailey Critique partners say I write chick lit, and I hope they’re right, because I love romantic comedy. But I read across a wide range of genres, even delving into literature now and then, and it’s through reading promiscuously that I’ve identified favorite elements that cross the boundaries of genre to make novels memorable for me. 1) A protagonist whose yearning drives him beyond reason. In Ken Follett’s epic historical, Pillars of the Earth, Tom’s longing is a mystery to his wife, Agnes. “Tom had been offered the post of builder to the Exeter castellan, repairing...

Friday Un-inspiration

~ By Melina Kantor Well, dear chick lit fans, I’ve realized something. Every Friday, we here at the blog show up with the intention of helping you kick off a weekend filled with productive writing. But, it has occurred to me that just maybe, some of you poor people are tired and just don’t feel like writing. Writing is hard and exhausting, so who are we to suggest you sit down and spend hours at it? So here you go. 22 More Reasons to Stop Writing. Enjoy! 😉 What are YOUR reasons not to write? Melina writes contemporary women’s...

Top Five Reasons to Read or Write YA

~ By Charity Tahmaseb  Dear Readers, Today, RWA Chick Lit Chapter member Charity Tahmaseb is giving us her top five reasons to love YA. Read on!   1. The best kept secret of writing YA: It’s fun. Writing YA can be a blast. Take, for instance, virtual dress shopping. I’m not much of a girly-girl and never have been, but nothing beats virtual dress shopping as “very crucial research you simply must do before you write.” One of the manuscripts my writing partner and I worked on included a homecoming court–and we had to find dresses for all five...

My Mind is Not My Own

~ By Caryn Caldwell I think I’m losing my mind. Even at the best of times my inner narrator provides an occasional play-by-play of my existence, but my current level of running commentary is reserved for the times when I’m almost exclusively absorbed in my writing, as I am now. The source of this narratus intrusionous? I spend hours recounting the lives of my characters, and then I can’t seem to find the switch to turn off the narration. This means that I can’t do anything without a witness in my own brain observing all and synthesizing it into...

Giving and Receiving Critiques

~ By Melina Kantor  You can’t get very far in the writing world without learning, and quickly, that writers need to develop a thick skin. Our work is always out there for critique partners, reviewers, agents, editors, and readers to read and pick apart. As scary as this may be, it’s actually for the best. Every writer, no matter how talented, no matter how famous, needs to be edited and critiqued. It makes the stories we’re dying to tell so much stronger. Critiques are a necessary evil, kind of like going to the dentist. The thing is, no matter...

[Repost] Can You Really Make a Living Doing What You Love?

~ By Angela Kay Austin Have you ever scrolled through the Amazon Bestsellers’ list and wondered, “Will my book ever be listed?”  Well, I have.  I walk through bookstores picturing what my books would look like placed on display throughout various points in the stores, or imagine picking up USA Today to find to my amazement…what, me #1! But, what is the reality of the life of a writer? According to Forbes, James Patterson topped the list as the highest paid author earning $84 million over the past year.  In order to amass those earnings, Patterson released 10 books...

Balance Isn’t Easy

~ By Jennifer Fusco I wanted to take the opportunity to thank Melina Kantor for asking me to guest blog on the RWA Chick Lit Chapter Blog.  How cool!  Thanks for having me.  Usually when I guest blog, people want me to talk marketing, either they’ve read my series, Market or Die: Marketing Advice for Writers, heard me speak at RWA National, know I’m Eric Ruben’s client that writes paranormal romance or know me as the President of CTRWA. Since I’ve started writing a monthly column titled, “Marketing Insider” for the RWR I get a lot of requests, but...

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