Meandering tomes. Weighty descriptions. Subtle subtext. Sweeping themes. A thesaurus by my side. Ah, the joys of reading literary fiction. I'm a fast reader and I love literary fiction because it forces me to slow down. I love lit fic because it is the beauty of words on the page as much as it's the story those words tell. Sometimes, it seems that the author has actually painted the scenes … [Read more...] about How Reading Literary Fiction Helps Me Write Women's Fiction
Amy Sue Nathan
Every day at six o'clock a meek beep emanates from my son's room for about ten seconds. It used to happen at five o'clock until we sprung forward. Five or six, doesn't matter. I hear it. I accept it. I ignore it, lock, stock and buzzer. It means nothing. And therein lies the beauty of real life! Some things are meaningless. But in fiction - even and most especially realistic fiction like … [Read more...] about Everything Matters in Women's Fiction
Some people work out in a gym. Some people work out at home. Some folks want to power walk with headphones. Some want to sweat to the oldies. Some want the support of a workout buddy or personal trainer. Some want fancy machines and some just want a mat in front of the TV and Jane Fonda leg warmers and a headband (who me?). If you do either of them right, one method isn't better than the other … [Read more...] about Why I Want My Women's Fiction Published By A Traditional Publisher
From settings to relationships to emotions, women's fiction taps my heart and imagination because it takes what I know and puts it through a strainer so I'm left with just the juicy bits. Because real life has boring parts and boring parts don't belong in novels. When I read or write something that makes me pause, I hit my "believe" button. For me, this happens a lot with male characters in … [Read more...] about Is Truth Really Stranger Than Women's Fiction?