Thursday, July 27, 2017

How Do You Write a Chick Lit Book?

I will one day publish a book. I swear see I am holding my hand up with this promise.
I have learned a lot over the years visiting with authors such as Jane Green, Emily Giffin, Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Hannah, and more. One resource I decided to consult is See Jane Write A Girl’s Guide to Writing ChickLit by Sarah Mlynowski and Farrin Jacobs.

 Sarah Mlynowski and Farrin Jacobs wanted to help amateur writers proceed through the steps to publication with advice, and how tos from of your favorite authors. Authors like Emily Giffin, Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus, and Sophie Kinsella.  Sarah is a published author and knows the process well. Farrin is an editor and covers well what not to do portions of the book. They explain each step of the writing process.

The book is structured a little differently then what readers are used to with a book on writing.  The book is written in different color fonts and backgrounds that are not typically seen in the adult book market. The book also includes exercises on how to handle some of the finer points of writing.

My Thoughts:

I liked this book! I thought it was a great introduction to the Chick Lit Genre. I loved that it included advice from popular authors in this genre. I would keep a copy of this book because it offers advice that I could use as a writer. It would be very helpful! The only negative is that much of the information is out of date. Red Dress Ink no longer exists as a publisher. I would love to an update to the list of current publishers in this genre. Then ask for a modern list of authors. Still this is a great book to help you get started on your book in the Chick Lit Genre!



Sarah's current available title is I See London, I See France.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Going Below the Surface with Lysa Terkeurst

In my journey through the other side of cancer God has called me to a specific direction. He used a scene from the movie War Room to open my eyes to application of his word, the bible. I learn what it means to be a prayer warrior, in the Priscilla Shirer study Armor of God. I am healing from cancer and some changes have occurred both positive and negative. I prayed about my loneliness and God brought me to the next study, which is Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst. Have you ever felt less than, left out or lonely?

For this review I will be discussing both the book and the Bible study guide. Both books have a beautiful cover!

The bible study guide is divided into seven sessions. Each session begins with an outline of Lysa’s teaching. I am not going to go into great detail because I had no access to this teaching which was done on video. Then the week’s session proceeds into a group bible study. Then the rest of the homework is personal. The personal study sections go deeper into the teaching. It focuses on application. The study begins with the participants reading the first three chapters of the Uninvited book. Then Lysa teaches on those in-depth in the personal sections. The participant is also asked to read other chapters on certain days.

What is this study about? How to handle rejection when attacked. ? What is God’s plan when you experience rejection? How do we live when feeling less than and lonely? How can we help others?

My Thoughts:

I loved this study! The structure was different than what I was used to, in previous bible studies. I loved how it really connected with Armor of God.  The connection in application is using my war room. I think we as followers all struggle with trying to find what it means to be fully loved. How can we bring the fullness of love, and present that too the world? How can we trust God in the process? I would have liked to have done it with a group but I was still able to learn so much. I plan to put these tools to use in my daily life.


Please visit Lysa on her social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

It is worth your time to get both the book and the study guide.