~ By D.D. Scott

It’s Chick Lit Blog ‘Tude-torial time, and that means, finding the right Attitude not just to handle today’s publishing world what-the-hell’s, but also to handle your every day writing life.

One struggle writers constantly face is finding that next great idea or jumping-off point.

So to honor that struggle…

Here’s a little trick I use to wake-up my muses then get ‘em crankin’ out pages with gusto and plenty a ‘Tude…

I have an Inspiration Box…here it is:

Every now and then, I’ll open up the box, and riffle through all the strips of paper I’ve tossed in there.

Oh, and let me tell you, these “papers” can take the form of cocktail napkins, calendar pages, comic strips, Post-It notes, fortune cookie fortunes, old grocery lists (‘cause something funny happened at Hell-Mart that I knew was sooo going in one of my books, and I’d written myself a note on the back of said list as soon as I got to the car), etc.

Anyhoo…these little pieces of tree are sooo not wasted…and yes, of course, I recycle them once I’ve used them.

I take these treasures and turn ‘em into pages in one of my current WIPs.

Here are a few of the examples I’ve pulled out lately to beef-up my Chick Lit ‘Tude and page counts:

“My take on marriage is this: Why buy the butcher when you can get the sausage for free?” — Jen Kerwin, comedic cut-up

“You never see a man walking down the street with a woman who has a little potbelly and a bald spot.” — Elayne Boosler, riot act

Actual country song titles: “I Got In at 2 With a 10 and Woke Up at 10 With a 2”, “At the Gas Station of Love, I Got the Self-Service Pump”, “If Love Were Oil, I’d Be a Quart Low”

I’ve used all of these smart-ass gems as the main ‘Tude in a few of my characters’ profiles.  And while I’m writing, I go back to these little phrases to remind myself how this character would act or react in a situation based on these predominant ‘Tudes.

How fun is that?!

So tell me about what kinds of things you can keep in your Inspiration Box to replenish your WIPs with some fabulous sassy ‘Tude?

Sexy Sassy Smart Chick Lit ‘Tude-torial Wishes — D. D. Scott

D. D. Scott is a romantic comedy debut author and a Writer’s Go-To-Gal for Muse Therapy, plus the #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of MUSE THERAPY: UNLEASHING YOUR INNER SYBIL.  You can get all the scoop on her, her books and her Muse Therapy Online Classes and Live Workshops athttp://www.DDScott.com.

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