As a trend, Chick Lit is a bit passé—but my Fiction Writing 1 students don’t know that, especially the guys. They’ve never read it.
And now, ha, they have to write it.
Yes, our next assignment is a Chick Lit short story.
Need a refresher? (You should have seen the students’ faces as we read this list around the room.)
- First person, confiding to reader
- Quirky humor
- Life issues: love, marriage, dating, friendships, jobs, weight
- Circle of friends for support
- Dead end jobs, often with bad bosses
- Unsuitable boyfriends or a lack of one
- Outrageous situations
- Urban, but no real sense of place
- Lead may have overbearing / interfering mother
- Obsessions: fashion, weight, shopping
Isn’t this the best list? Even now, I smile to read it. (Hat tip to the Romance Writers of America website.)
And I figured that ideas would come pouring out of the students. After all, this is a small school and they know one another well. There’s no place to hide from girls and their foibles!
But writing is a solitary craft, and ideas are elusive. Several girls came to me before class, perplexed. They can’t to think of anything to write.
Odd, isn’t it? Or maybe not. I now recall that in past years, the guys have been the ones who excel with this assignment—go figure. Anyway, for inspiration today we watched the beginning of Legally Blonde. Hoo boy, those clueless sorority girls. And that break-up? Yow-za! Were there comments? Oh, you bet. Most students wanted to continue watching the movie…
And on Friday three plot ideas are due, each with an intriguing title, written as back matter for a book cover. The objective: Entice the reader to buy.
I’ll share what they come up with in next week’s post.