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...

‘Tude-torial #3

Saying here at Chick Lit Writers that “It’s all about the attitude” came with all new meaning for me in the past two days and here’s why… Monday at around 2:30 pm Central Time my latest release hit #1 on two Amazon Bestseller Lists plus a #2 spot as well!!! Yesss!!! Yesterday, it also hit as the #1 Hot New Release for Amazon’s entire collection of writing books!!! (And the book has only been out since Friday 10/15!!!) But here’s the thing… If I hadn’t focused on my own attitude the nine years it’s taken me to get to...

Hold the Bimbos, Please!

The ditzy lead character formula might be wearing thin, even for some die hard fans. ~ By Melissa De Silva Today, unlike some of the hapless dames in Mad Men, women don’t have to pretend to have the IQ of an ornamental goldfish to get ahead in life. So why on earth would we want to read about a lead character who has cotton candy for brains? We pitched the question below to 3 smart, sassy, chick lit readers: * * * Q: What do you think of a heroine who’s independent, smart and focused more on her career...

Apps With ‘Tude #2

The First Date Edition! ~ By Melina Kantor Hello! And TGIF! I hope you’ve all had a great week! The weekend’s almost here, and for many that means getting ready to dive into some serious writing. Which means that some of us need to wake up our muses. Luckily, like I said last week, there are apps for that! Here are this week’s muse-pleasing apps with ‘tude. * Drumroll please! * Question of the Day — Your Character Building App: Has this ever happened to you? You’ve thought up a perfect protagonist, with a cute flippy haircut, an adorable...

‘Tude-torial #2

~ By D.D. Scott Here at Chick Lit Writers “It’s all about the attitude”… So what better way to showcase the Chick Lit genre than to “show” some of that attitude?! Starting with last Wednesday’s post and continuing today, that’s exactly what we’re doing! To kick-off today’s ‘Tude-torial, take a look at this fabulous quote by award-winning journalist and multi-published author Jennifer Coburn: “…I find the attack on chick-lit more than a bit disheartening.  Is this where we are – one group of women writers mocking another, deeming its work irrelevant?  Are women really criticizing each other about what...

Pink Carnation Follow-Up

Happy Tuesday! Yesterday, we talked about Lauren Willig’s novel The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, a “genre-bending” novel with a distinct chick lit voice. Today, we thought we’d share a video of Lauren reading from her book so you can hear the chick lit voice for yourself. The video was taken last spring at Lady Jane’s Salon in New York City. So? What do you think? Do you hear a chick lit voice? Is this chick lit? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

Review – The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

Chick lit in 1803?  You better believe it. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig ~ Reviewed by Hillary Raymer Lauren Willig has a wonderful chick lit voice despite the fact that her novels feature espionage, fantastic flower spies, run-ins with Napoleon, and men in knee breeches.  Her characters are a savory blend of everything we love: witty, humorous, charismatic, intriguing, and sometimes stubborn.  The men are dashing, the women are riveting and they’re perfectly paired with suspenseful plots and beautifully described history. Willig begins in modern-day London through the eyes of Eloise Kelly, the narrator...