[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...

Bring on the Holidays!

~ By Chris Bailey Because writing is the method that orders my thoughts—my form of quiet meditation—I’m thankful for this opportunity to post. Because back-to-back major holidays demand a little time apart. A little reflection. A little time to ponder the big questions. A little list of reasons to be thankful for all this, despite the stress. I’m thankful for the gift of writing. Because addressing my own goals, motivations and conflicts (sometimes) prevents me from blurting out random thoughts without regard for the consequences. I’m thankful that my characters can play out dramatic scenes, heedless of the potential...

Friday Writing Inspiration

~ By Melina Kantor  So it’s just about Week 3 of NaNoWriMo. Anyone else feel like this? Anyway, I came across this NaNo pep talk, and even if you’re not doing NaNo, it’s good inspiration: One more thought: “Be like Mae West, brash and bold and brave.” ~ Anne Stuart Have a great weekend. Write on, everyone! 🙂 Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah. She just returned from a two month trip to Crete and Israel, where she visited  family and friends did her best to turn her travels into research...

Live From a Write-In!

~ By Melina Kantor On Sunday, I went to a fabulous NaNoWriMo write-in, and, just for fun, asked fellow Wrimos to share some of their thoughts about NaNoWriMo.    * * * I want to see if I’m capable of writing 50,000 words. And even if I’m not, whatever I write this month is more than I would write otherwise. ~ Anonymous   Write-ins are good for commiserating and getting support, egging each other on, and doing sprints. They can be helpful to push people to reach their goals. Write-ins in New York are full of awesome people. It’s...

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