Monday, April 24, 2006

Article about Gay Talese

This link is to a article by Josh Getlin. It shows how bestselling author Gay Talese moved from bogged down with a story (and suffering from depression), on to dealing with writer's block--to tell the story he knew existed all along.,0,7829769.story?coll=cl-books
I don't know how long this link will be live, but it's live today!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Prompt Party

Tonight we had a Prompt Party. Below are the prompts we used, along with a few of the answers we got.

But first a few links to help you find more prompts:

Renee-mod: Prompt 1: While Cooter is painting his favorite goat's toenails, Jethro walks up and says...."

Audrey: "You two got a hot date tonight?"

georganna: Opened a beauty shop, I see.

gary: that won't help you get lucky, cooter!

Linda_hutch: She looks perdy, Cooter. Where ya takin' her later?


Renee-mod: Prompt 2: Write a sentence with the following words, or what they make you think of: BROOM, SWAYING, PLOP

gary: I tried to plop on the floor, but that swaying broom made it very uncomfortable.

georganna: The grasshopper landed on the swaying broom plant, then jumped to the window with a loud plop!

Linda_hutch: Mama'll plop that broom on your backside if she catches you swaying from the chandelier!

maruxa: The witch on the swaying broom finally went plop into the heart of the volcano.


Renee-mod: Prompt 3: Write a sympathy card for a recent hemorrhoid surgery survivor.

georganna: Hope it all came out well in the end!

writeit: Sorry about the bum - bum.

maruxa: Sorry about your seat. Hope you sit well soon.

Patty: Sorry to hear you've been cut in your precious and beautiful butt hope things are well it must have hurt like hell

AC_Croom: So glad you had your attitude problem corrected. Get well soon! :)


Renee-mod: Prompt 4: Finish this sentence: As she walked along the shore...

LadyRebecka: She thought of the way things had ended. She looked into the waves and then ran toward them.

Linda_hutch: the puppy nipped at her ankles, making her smile again.

AC_Croom: As she walked along the shore, the gulls in flight, the waves crashing beside her, her only thought was for Jeffry. Bold, beautiful Jeffry.

Patty: As she walked along the shore, she felt the salt water breathe life into her once again.


Renee-mod: Prompt 5: Describe an apple to someone who has never seen one.

Linda_hutch: Like a woman who is not "pear" shaped, the apple is rounded, full of sweetness.

maruxa: You know Newton? It broke his head. Little round red thing that obeys the law of gravity.

Patty: Round and shiny, with a broken stem that once gave it life; shines in the sun and tastes like crisp sweetness on a fall day.

LadyRebecka: smooth to the touch, and delight to the taste buds


Renee-mod: Prompt 6: Explain how you brush your teeth, without using the words: TEETH BRUSH WATER

LadyRebecka: Put some gel on the bristles and rub gently against your pearly whites.

mandyvan: Use the dentifrice to scrub your canines and molars. Rinse with liquid.

maruxa: You put that thing in your mouth and move it all around. Then you rinse.

AC_Croom: I fill my cup and drop a tablet in with my dentures!


Renee-mod: Prompt 7: Write a card of congratulations for someone whose dog has just made it through potty training.

LadyRebecka: Way to go. Think of all the poop you no longer have to scoop off the carpet

writeit: Congrats! Spot is now spot free. Hope there are no more peemergencies!

maruxa: (this one is close to home) Wow, you're a winner! Can I borrow your pooper-scooper?

Patty: Congratulations on your success of teaching your dog where he should mess!


Renee-mod: Prompt 8: Finish this sentence: When ever I smell _____....

showmeguy: your breath, i want to barf.

maruxa: fried chicken, I'm home again.

AC_Croom: When ever I smell your perfume, it drives me to new heights.

writeit: Whenever I smell gas, I know it's really you, Honey. Stop blaming the dog!


Renee-mod: Prompt 9: An alien has just landed in your flower garden and is experiencing his first allergic reaction. What do you say when he sneezes a glob of ___?___ on your cat?

LadyRebecka: Thanks I wanted that cat gone.

maruxa: Sic' em, Fluffy!

Patty: Excuse me, you just sneezed a gob of green slime on my cat Max...please take the cat out of your mouth and wipe the slime off him!

writeit: Ha Ha! You give us the litter box, we give you the alien goo!


Renee-mod: Prompt 10: You have invented something that's going to make you Stinking Rich! What is it? And how does it work?

maruxa: A do-it-yourself skunk deodorizer!

showmeguy: A Thermo-Nuclear Blender

Patty: A gas-deactivator for all the men of the world - woman will rush to the store in droves to buy them! (sorry guys - little male bashing)

AC_Croom: In a word ladies and gentlemen, ROBOFEED! That's right, robofeed, the only product on the market today to release you from the everyday chore of feeding you pet. Once a day, Twice a day, no's ROBOFEED! 3 EASY INSTALLMENTS OF 9.95 BILLED DIRECTLY TO YOUR EX-HUSBAND OR EX-WIFE!


Renee-mod: Prompt 11: Make a sentence using these words, or what they make you think of: KOOLAID, FROG, SHIMMY

mandyvan: After I made Koolaid for the kids, I saw a frog shimmy out of the washing machine.

maruxa: The frog was drinking coolaid--the lady shimmied down to kiss him and got drenched.

Patty: I watched a frog shimmy and slip down from the tree just to have a taste of orange koolaid.

Audrey: The frog gagged and shimmied across the table. The Princess yelled "I told you to wait until I put sugar in the KoolAid!"


Renee-mod: Prompt 12: Write a sympathy card for someone who has a ridiculous problem.

maruxa: Come on, now, you're not that sick--it's just a pimple. Hope this card finds you well and out of surgery.

AC_Croom: Yeah brother, you made it into the gang, but did you have to get yourself shot in the azz to do it?

LadyRebecka: My dearest friend, I am so sorry that you are unable to eat your pillow. My suggestion would be large marshallows.

showmeguy: Deepest sympathy on the Book of the Month Club's rejection of your membership application

Audrey: So sorry about your disability. But don't worry, nose hair CAN be clipped.

Patty: Sorry you had a boob job gone bad; maybe three boobies isn't so bad!


Renee-mod: Prompt 13: Finish this sentence: Purple clouds of...

Audrey: Purple clouds of exhaust rolled out from the magic bus.

writeit: Purple clouds of happiness fill my mind with ease.

AC_Croom: Purple clouds of organic waste fouled the air for miles after the two trains collided.

mandyvan: Purple clouds of dust filled the air at the ash sprinkling ceremony of Barney the Dinosaur upon my son's fifth birthday.


Renee-mod: Prompt 14: Skeeter is showing off his new tattoo to his best girl Shirley. She says, "....

Patty: "My my skeeter, how ever did she put that dragon on your tiny little diddly?"

mandyvan: "You thought my name was Surely? As in Surely, she'll do anything?"

Audrey: "Skeeter! My name isn't spelled "surely!"

LadyRebecka: Why does that say, "Squirrely?"


Renee-mod: Prompt 15: Finish this thought: Master Phillip enters the room. His butler greets him with a slight bow, then nervously hands him a small, black velvet, box.

LadyRebecka: Phillip takes the box and strolls into his study. He closes the door and walks to his desk. He sits and holds the box as if wishing would make it go away. Finally he opens it. To his horror there is his wife's finger with her dainty pinkie ring splatter

Audrey: "Jeeves, not a real diamond! This is just a one-night stand!"

AC_Croom: Thank you Geeves, the ring in this box will grace the finger of the dearest lady in the county.

Patty: I don't know...its a dog whistle....for the baying hounds outside.....they've all run amuck


Renee-mod: Prompt 16: Describe the taste of strawberries to someone who has no sense of taste.

showmeguy: a tart rainbow in your mouth

Patty: You bite into a hairy bristly thing, and its sweet and sour and mushy. (I hate strawberries)

writeit: They're tasteless...well...for you, anyway.


Renee-mod: Prompt 17: Booney comes home from work. Trish is sitting in the floor, her hair is plastered to her face and upper torso with what looks like pink cake icing. He looks around the room and sees more of the pink stuff covering everything. She looks him in the eye and says, "...

writeit: welcome home

Audrey: "I baked you a cake. Want some?"

LadyRebecka: I had the cake for your mother already and that damned dog came barging in. Just look at this place.

showmeguy: 'It's all your fault", slamming the door as she leaves the room.

AC_Croom: Not a word ya hear me....If you hadwired the dang garbage disposal right none of this would have happened!


Renee-mod: Prompt 18: Write a greeting card for someone who has just been served with divorce papers.

writeit: Congratulations!

maruxa: Oh, my dear, I always wanted to do this! Congratulations!

LadyRebecka: Congrats! You're free at at last.

Audrey: Congratulations! Your slavery has been abolished!

showmeguy: Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, free at last

AC_Croom: You think the party's over, Well it's not....You'll meet a new gal, that's twice as hot!

Patty: Glad to hear your misery has ended. I hope with my joy, you are not offended. Just want to say, he was just a bad dude who took all your money and ate all the food.


Renee-mod: Prompt 19: Write a Marketing Slogan for recycling dog poop, and turning it into energy.

LadyRebecka: Poop that packs a whallop...recycle here

Audrey: Your dog goes...and so does your car!

maruxa: Pooper Scoopers United! We're cleaning up here!

writeit: Canine Combustibles - Light a Fire Under Your A**

showmeguy: Cash For Crap


Renee-mod: Prompt 20: There is an empty folding chair at the lake shore. There are a pair of flip flops, sunglasses, a cooler full of water, and several beer and potted meat cans abandoned nearby. What is the story?

maruxa: Shark attack!

LadyRebecka: Butch looked out the window when he saw the mess his son left on the beach he bellowed. Not getting an answer he went to his son's room to find it empty the bed not slept in. Butch began to panic.

AC_Croom: John and Janet had enjoyed as much of the beautiful lake view as they could stand. After his 6th beer, John led Janet into the woods and they made gentle passionate love for hours.

Patty: He jumped in feet first and felt the cold water with a burst He plugged his nose and dove down deep where he lived with the fish and dreamed about sheep

Friday, April 14, 2006

Genre Discussion, Linda-mod

Linda-mod: Tonight’s chat is designed to be an interactive classroom-type experience. We haven’t done this type chat in awhile. I will provide information and you are welcome to add comments, ask questions, and provide author names and links for each type of genre. DEBATE WILL BE LIMITED DUE TO TIME CONSTRAINTS.

From : …"if you’ve written a mystery, congratulations! You will experience no genre angst. But if you’ve written a novel that is both literary fiction and historical fiction with a suspenseful murder plot and some gothic, paranormal characters—then we feel your pain."

Today, more than ever, writers must identify with their target readers—build an author’s "platform". Knowing the specifics of genre differences will help in that regard.

From recent TWC guest, Sophfronia Scott’s blog When Does Genre Matter: "FYI, think of "commercial" as mass market and a possible money maker. Think of "literary" as a possible book award winner."

Also from Sophfronia’s blog, "many writers have made their names by specializing in a particular genre: Octavia Butler (science fiction), Danielle Steele (romance), John Sandford (mystery), Larry McMurtry (Westerns) or John Grisham (thrillers)."

"When you haven’t been clear on what your book is, you run the risk of sending it to the wrong agents and publishers who will reject it simply because they don’t handle that type of material. That’s a waste of your time and money." (From Sophfronia’s blog.)

If you don’t define your novel’s genre, someone else will.

Tonight, we’ll be "borrowing" heavily from information available at Besides being one of the largest databases of agents, they have provided an in-depth look at the differences in genres.

Commercial fiction: Commercial fiction is not the same as "mainstream" fiction.

Mainstream fiction is an umbrella term that refers to genre fiction like science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, and some thrillers.

In commercial fiction, plot and story are first and foremost. "Character" choices and actions create heightened drama that propels the reader forward. Commercial fiction enjoys a wide (mainstream) appeal through the use of "hooks" and compelling plots.

Like literary fiction, the writing style in commercial fiction is elevated beyond generic (mainstream) fiction.

Unlike literary fiction, commercial fiction maintains a strong narrative storyline as its central goal, rather than the development of $100 words/prose or internal character conflicts.

Literary Fiction: If you marvel at the quality of prose in your novel ABOVE ALL ELSE, then you’ve probably written a work of literary fiction.

Literary fiction explores inherent conflicts of the human condition. Pacing, plot, and commercial appeal are secondary to the development of story through first-class prose.

It’s more about what is going on inside/within the character than what the character is doing to advance the plot, or anything happening externally.

Literary fiction often experiments with traditional structure, narrative voice, and storylines to achieve an elevated sense of artistry.

Literary fiction often merges with other fiction types to create hybrid genres such as literary thrillers, mysteries, historicals, epics, and family sagas.

You’ll find literary fiction in most university or college "Reviews".

The next one is a little easier to fathom.

Chick Lit:

Chick lit describes its intended readership as much as its story’s content.

Chick lit typically deals with dating woes, career foibles, antics and challenges facing the average female in the 20 to 30 age group. Fun, down-to-earth, quirky, entertaining. Very targeted.

Shirley Jump, who has been a guest here and is a friend of TWC, writes chick lit. Some of her titles: The Devil Served Tortellini, The Angel Craved Lobster, The Dating Game, The Bachelor Preferred Pastry (new).

Don't confuse chick lit with women’s fiction! That’s another category! (And one we may not have time to get to tonight if we get off-track.)

Crime Fiction:

Crime fiction centers its plot on the perpetration of a crime. Sounds simple, right?

Subgenres of crime fiction: detective fiction and true crime.

True crime focuses on the crime scene and the criminal mind: Lurid crime scenes, graphic violence ie "slice and dice", con games, organized crime, the criminal underworld.

Anne Rule writes true crime—among other things. Others that come to mind?

Audrey: Richard Montanari is crime fiction.

Patty: So Crime Fiction is different than Murder Mystery?

Linda-mod: Yes.

Detective fiction focuses its narrative on the professional or amateur sleuth and involves "detection" of a crime.

Audrey: Anne Rule, I think you mean Linda, for true crime stories.

Linda-mod: Sub-genres of detective fiction include hard-boiled, noir, and police procedurals.

FMAM, (Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine)

Martin Cruz Smith "Gorky Park", "Wolves Eat Dogs"

Illona Haus writes thrillers that are also police procedurals, which are considered to be crime/detective fiction.

Elements of both types of crime fiction have been found in the writings of Joseph Wambaugh.

John D. McDonald is good enough to be listed on Stephen King’s website. Crime Scene Writer Ask the experts about crime, police procedures, forensics, weapons, and anything else to make your crime drama true-to-life..

Audrey: John Connolly is one of my favorites for detective fiction. He pushes toward horror too, but it is basically detective fic. A bit of supernatural thriller in his books too.

Fantasy: Imaginary worlds and mystical creatures; mythology such as royalty, dragons, giants, faeries, goblins, gnomes, trolls, ogres, wizards, and witches. Magic, spells, swords and sorcery, supernatural powers, talking animals, and fanciful kingdoms are welcomed stereotypes.

"…fantasy is rooted in make-believe rather than science; its only limitations are the expectations and preconceived notions of its dedicated readership." (From the agentquery website.)

Fantasy subgenres include dark fantasy modern, historical, alternate and parallel worlds, graphic novels, mythological, epic. Fantasy is also included in the general grouping of "genre fiction," "category fiction," and "mainstream" fiction.

Former chat guest Sylvia Day writes historicals, as well as, fantasy/futuristic.

Audrey, can you name some of the other guests we’ve had here who write in this genre?

Audrey: Terry Goodkind is my favorite. He writes the Sword of Truth series. Linda-mod: Other writers of this genre? Anyone?

Renee-mod: Robert Jordan, Stephen R. Donaldson, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

Diana: Romance Linda Windstead Jones.. The Fynne Trilogy

maruxa: OH, CS Lewis

Krichards: Douglas Clegg, Juliet Marillier, Jacqueline Cary.

Audrey: Honestly, we haven't had a lot of fantasy writers as guests. I'd better get to work on that one.

Krichards: RA Salvatore, Timothy Zahn. Adam Niswander.

Audrey: Clegg is more horror than fantasy.

Gothic Fiction: Dark suspense, bold heroines, evil villains. Brooding heroes, dangerous settings, in either traditional or urban time frames.

Audrey: I love fantasy. I don't like sci-fi. I want to know which one a book is before I spend my money on it.

Linda-mod: And if we want to sell our work, we need to know where our work fits.

Audrey: And that's why publishers keep narrowing down genres. They want to draw in as many customers as possible, just by the genre.

Linda-mod: I’m not a big fan of this genre so I didn’t do much digging. Perhaps you can add some authors and links for this one?

Historical Fiction:

Historical Fiction: Can be of literary fiction or commercial fiction in which the plot and story transpire during a distinct era in the past. True historical fiction portrays conflicts and characters that depended on a particular time period for their existence, and are usually historically correct if a major historical event is depicted.

Historical fiction is a careful balance between fact and fiction. I recently reviewed Ladies: A Conjecture of Personalities, by Feather Schwartz Foster, a book that hangs its hat in this balance. (You’ll need the whole URL to get there.)

From the agentquery website: "Although literary or commercial fiction often incorporates historical elements into their stories for atmospheric effect, this is not the same as historical fiction, which uses historical settings and time periods to establish its core conflicts."

I thought this category would be easy to understand until I read that last paragraph! LOL
Former TWC guest April Kihlstrom writes historicals. Come to think of it, the last time I won the drawing, the prize was a copy of "Miss Tibbles Interferes", by April.


Horror: The goal: to scare, terrify, titillate its readers.

Audrey: Doug Clegg, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Peter Feist.

Linda-mod: "From extreme blood and guts, graphic violence, murder and mayhem to psychological suspense, criminal underworlds, supernatural folklore, erotica, and surrealism, horror often portrays the base, subversive side of its fictional world." (from the agentquery site.)

Subgenres include dark fiction, dark fantasy, cutting edge, erotic, extreme, occult, vampire, gothic, psychological, supernatural, paranormal, pulp—

"Unlike traditional thrillers and suspense, which are based in reality, horror often uses folklore and fantasy to create manifestations of evil, death, and destruction." (from the agentquery site.)

Stephen King
ScottSnyder Douglas Clegg

Feel free to add names to this list!

Krichards: Sephera Giron. Edward Lee, Nick Kaufmann, Poppy Z Brite

Renee-mod: William Johnstone

Audrey: Dean Koontz Raymond Feist. I think I had the wrong first name for him earlier.


Multi-Cultural: Code word for books that possess racial and ethnic diversity within the depiction of its characters, cultures, and conflicts.

Multi-cultural often falls under the broader genre umbrella of commercial fiction, romance, chick lit or literary fiction. Examples: The Kitchen God’s Wife, Waiting to Exhale, House on Mango Street, Joy Luck Club

A tricky genre to pin down because it can mean different things to different agents and publishers.

Diana: The color purple.

Renee-mod: The Madea stories....humor but would still fall into this genre

amaryllis: A Complicated Kindness

Linda-mod: A sub-genre of this one is Street Fiction. I've reviewed one book in this category and hated it.

Audrey: lol Me too. But it was selling great.

Linda-mod: It's much abuse and rough talk and violence.

Renee-mod: lots of gritty street language...can be hard to take

Diana: Inner city?

Linda-mod: Without much plot.

Audrey: Street fiction is aimed at urban youths. Set in their world, using their language. Lots of sex, drugs, and rough language.

Linda-mod: Ahhh, the Mystery (my personal favorite):

"Mysteries typically focus on the process of solving a crime, rather than the details of the crime itself. The puzzle behind the crime is central to the plot." (from agentquery site)

Mystery focuses on the investigators/detectives—amateurs or professionals—determined to solve the case and exact justice.

"A member of the general grouping of "genre fiction," "mainstream fiction," and "category fiction." Mysteries include cozies, historicals, culinary, detective, supernatural, caper, women in peril, noir, detective fiction, and classic whodunits." (from agentquery site.)

Audrey: My WIP is a cozie. :)

Linda-mod: Audrey, would you like to define "cozie"?

Audrey: A mystery, but it has underlying humor and non-threatning MC. Not a lot of violence. Quite often children or animals involved. :)

Linda-mod: The mystery category is often blended with other genres ie; mystery/suspense, romantic/mystery, etc. Mystery Writers of America (This site is currently for sale for $1300.00 (?) but they are offering grants to booksellers for promotion and advertising at book signing events.)


Paranormal: Can be a sub-genre of many. Shape-shifters, vampires, werewolves.
Rae Monet writes sensual romance, futuristic and paranormal.

Your favorite authors? Links?



Audrey: Kim Harrison. I've just started reading her, but she's great!

maruxa: First novel by Elizabeth Kostova "The Historian"--vampires

Romance: The central conflict revolves around the love story between a man and a woman—
unless it’s a GBLT romantic novel. Since the popularity of the movie Brokeback Mountain, expect to see more alternatives to the classic romance novel.

(Gay, bi-sexual, lesbian, trans-sexual/trans-gender.) I had to ask, too.

Diana: 54% of sales are romance based

Linda-mod: I think there are probably more romance books sold...but

Diana: That's by trad published stats.

Linda-mod: so many of them are shorter works and only on the shelves for a month or so at a time.

Diana: The shelf life for a romance sucks.

Linda-mod: Think Audrey Hepburn, Deborah Kerr, Cary Grant. Like the movies: An Officer and a Gentleman, Love Story, The Way We Were. The settings for romance novels are usually more exotic. The story is dramatic/melodramatic. The passion of the story catapults the reader through a gratifying romantic fantasy. (Or, at least it’s supposed to.)

There is contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, etc. Besides being a genre unto its own, romance is often a sub-genre ie; romantic/suspense and paranormal/romance.

Sub-genres include contemporary, suspense, time-travel, futuristic, paranormal, Western, historical, regency, and gothic romance. Romance is also a member of the general grouping of "genre fiction," "mainstream fiction," "mass market fiction," and "category fiction."

There are specific publishing houses dedicated to this genre, as well as agents who specialize in the sale of these novels. You may wish to check out Romance Writers of America (RWA) (e-books listed as "Women’s fiction" downloadable romance)

AC_Croom: good westerns sell too don't they? Oh please say yes... :devil

Diana: Westerns is a tight market, AC

Linda-mod: Very specific. Very targeted.

Audrey: Westerns nearly died out for a while there, but they made a slight come-back in recent years.

AC_Croom: lots of old timers...they are called baby boomers, grew up on 50's westerns

Linda-mod: There are specialty pubs for Westerns.

Diana: It flows, ups and down. 5 years ago para took a nose dive, but it's clawing its way back.

Science Fiction: We’ve had some wonderful chat guests who write in this genre! How many can you name?

Diana: Daniel-Gary Holderman

Audrey: Julie Czernada. And I still remember how to spell her name. lol

Linda-mod: Hint: If you can’t think of any, you haven’t visited our "Previous Guest" page often enough. :)

Linda-mod: Science and fiction… Scientific details, facts, and rules contribute to the contextual storyline as well as the world created within the novel. Science becomes a character.
Science fiction is also included in the general grouping of "genre fiction," "category fiction," "mainstream" fiction," or "mass market fiction."

Audrey: Steve Barnes, Darlene Hartman writing as Simon Lang.

Renee-mod: Stephen Barnes

Linda-mod: Julie Czerneda has been a chat guest. So has C L Russo. (But I couldn’t get the link to work earlier. I’m sure it’s operator error!)

Thriller/Suspense: PERIL! Life-threatening danger, death and destruction to lives, the downfall of an entire nation, an ecological disaster.

Thrillers can also portray captivating psychological tension between two opposing characters.

"Thrillers and suspense fiction are paired together because thrillers often utilize suspense elements in the development of the story—evil lurking just around the corner that motivates the protagonist to hunt down and capture the villain-at-large." (from agentquery site.)

Women’s Fiction:

Women’s Fiction: Written about women for a female readership. Women’s fiction shouldn’t be confused with Chick Lit or Romance.

Women’s fiction is very commercial in its appeal and often deals with abuse, poverty, divorce, breakdown of the family, and a host of social struggles. "…the mature depth and tone of their development within women’s fiction set them apart from other genre classifications." (from agentquery site)

From Sophfronia Scott’s blog: "Genre is a Choice, Not an Accident. Better None Than the Wrong One. Does Genre Matter?"

"The answer is "yes", but the good news is you get to choose how much and in what ways it will matter to your book. So think about it up front and don’t let someone else make the choices for you."

(For those of you who’ve expressed an interest in tracking your word count/writing time, even though some of the content of tonight’s chat was cut and pasted, it took me about 6 hours to do the research and write it. Word count: 3480)

AC_Croom: Chic Lit and Womens the difference older woman and older audience?

Linda-mod: Women's fiction is geared and targeted to a more mature audience.

Audrey: chick lit is usually more upbeat and frothy. Women's fiction is more serious and mature.

Diana: Usually it isn't geared toward romance first, either, it's family "issues" strong, personal issues. Chick lit is younger, geared toward the 20-35 age group, as was said.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Recent chat guest C L Russo had some nice things to say about The Writer's Chatroom and moderator, Renee' Barnes:

"Our Guest for Tonight's Program is...
Want an ego stroke? Get interviewed."

"My interview at was great! A lot of good questions and a polite bunch."

Read the rest at
C L Russo's blog.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

"When The Writing Gets Tough" by Sophfronia Scott

Sophfronia Scott has added some comments about her guest "speaking" appearance (along with a nice nod to The Writer's Chatroom) in her latest newsletter. In her article "When The Writing Gets Tough" she offers even more information than we had time for in the March 29th chat. If you haven't yet signed up for her newsletter, you can still read the article in her April 4th blog entry.