This Chick Writes ~ When you Find your Calling in Life
I’ve been a teacher most of my life, until I got an admin job at Cardiff University. I have always liked to write and I love reading, so when I first came to the UK I went on a Creative Writing course at the university. I fell in love with the power of words and from then on things got better and better. I did a MA in Creative Writing, and while living and teaching in Napoli, Italy, my first novel, Loveandpizza.it was “conceived”.
As my husband says: I can’t keep still, and I’m always looking for something different, to challenge myself. So sometime last year I entertained the idea of doing a PhD, and since I’m super into women’s personal development, self-esteem, confidence, self-love, etc, I thought that ‘allying a writing genre that I adore’ to ‘helping women feel empowered through their creativity’ would be an amazing topic to research.
I wanted to finish my second novel, so what better excuse than using it as a PhD research project? 😉
Well, that was not so easy, and unfortunately, I couldn’t find a supervisor for the chick lit genre, so I just put the project in the drawer (along with my unfinished novel).
Until I noticed a pattern: just like while writing Loveandpizza.it, my current novel draft was also put in the drawer. In the meantime, I’d got to know this amazing group of women (Classy Career Girl) and started a mastermind group to develop a personal project of mine that had been dragging for ages (The Writing Shed). It was taking so much of my free time (remember that I also have a full-time job?) that I just ‘didn’t have time’ to write.
I started coaching women with writing for wellbeing (this is what The Writing Shed is about), but then I still had that itch to write, and my character kept shouting from inside the drawer, so I knew I had to give her a chance to breathe again. Enters “This Chick Writes”.
I LOVE chick lit novels (Marian Keyes, Katie Fforde, Jojo Moyes, Sophie Kinsella, etc), and I believe that writing about strong heroines can help us grow stronger in our personal lives. As you knit your heroines story, with her struggles and as you help her find the solutions, your own life seems to open to possibilities that you couldn’t see before. Your heroine’s friends somehow find the right pieces of advice to give her, and our thoughts slowly unscramble inside our heads.
That’s why I decided to create a writing challenge for women who love chick lit. You may be a newbie and have never written a word before (but you have the idea/s) or you may have an unfinished novel. It doesn’t matter.
What matters is that you get writing. And that’s what This Chick Writes Challenge is all about. It’s a time for you, ladies, to hone your stronger selves, through your main character. It’s about taking the context of the contemporary women’s life, and expressing, through fiction, self-confidence and empowerment to do/become/achieve anything they set their minds and hearts to!
Would you like to be part of this amazing journey with me? Actually, with us, because your host, Lili, is already in! 🙂
You can join the challenge and the wonderful support group by click the picture below.
Hope to see you there! 🙂
Join ‘This Chick Writes’ and get started with your first novel!
Dani is the founder of The Writing Shed. Brazilian who was adopted by Wales (and vice-versa), she has an MA in English and Creative Writing and way too many ideas for so little time to write! She has been a teacher, lecturer and teacher trainer for over 15 years. She married the love of her life (a wonderful Welshman) and lives near Cardiff. She is the Founder of The Writing Shed and also This Chick Writes, where she takes advantage of her passion for writing and love for chick lit novel and helps women to get started (and finished) to writing their masterpiece. (ah, she’s also published a novel, Loveandpizza.it, a chick-lit set in Napoli, Italy, and which is available on Amazon Kindle)!