Revisions and Revelations

~ Nan Reinhardt I’m a romance writer—as yet unpublished—and I just finished working on revisions to my first novel. My critique partner and I have gotten through all twenty-seven chapters and ironically, there are more things to fix/revise that either of us imagined. Not dramatically changing the story line at all, but rather tightening up language, creating more tension between my characters, just making it better. What I’m learning about my writing is that I may not actually be a straight category romance writer. I thought that was what I wrote, but I don’t think it is. I think I’m...

Unusual Sources of Inspiration

~ By Meredith Schorr To date, I’ve written two novels, one published, one in revisions, both fiction.   While both stories are make-believe, some of the characters, events, conversations etc. were inspired by true life events.  For instance, my relationship with my mother, the dynamic between two or more friends, my own dating experiences and those of my friends, work environment etc.  In my mind’s eye while writing my first novel, I didn’t picture famous people as the characters, but rather real people I’ve known.  Except instead of reenacting true events through my writing, the words the characters spoke and the actions they...

Inspiration from Maeve Binchy

~ By Melina Kantor Hello All, Well, let me guess. Most of you are freezing. It’s the middle of the week. You’re tired. So, we’re bringing you a bit of inspiration, from the legendary Maeve Binchy, who’s been called “The Mother of all Chick Lit.” Listen closely. She sneaks in a opinion on the “chick lit” label there’s been so much talk about. We certainly do have an incredible group of Irish women writers to thank for helping establish the genre. And don’t you just love her definition of success? She’s so right. I adored the image of our...

Writing Goals for 2011

Hello Chick Lit Writers! Happy 2011! We here at the blog thought it might be fun to start the year off by setting some writing goals. Fun, right? And the best part is, by sharing our goals we can help each other keep them. And hey, the only way we’re going to prove that chick lit is SO not dead is to keep writing it, and writing it well. So here it goes. Take our poll, and then leave a comment and elaborate on your answer. Here’s to a wonderful year full of wonderful writing! What are your writing...

To be me? Or not to be me?

That was the question. ~ By Jayne Ormerod Picture this: A family dinner with my active-duty-military husband and twelve-year-old son, sitting on the back deck enjoying the gentle summer breeze. I’d prepared a meal of spicy shrimp scampi and Italian bread smothered with melted cheese, green onions and poppy seeds. After a glass (or three) of a spunky Pinot Grigio, I worked up enough courage to confess my lifelong secret. The conversation went something like this: Me: “I want to be a writer.” Them: “That’s great.” Me: “Actually, I’ve been writing for a few years now.” Them: Gentle murmurings...

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