I use the phrases ‘Romance’ and ‘Chick lit’ interchangeably; not because I’m not aware there is a difference but because the difference is so subtle that I usually can’t be bothered to be anal about it.
Today I feel like being a little anal; so here are a couple differences that I have drawn up:
- Chick Lit tends to have a happy ending. The girl will end up with the right man, no matter what fate tries to throw at them. Romance, on the other hand, could end happily or sadly.
- The protagonist in a chick lit story will usually be a female; whereas in romance it could be a man or a woman. Heck, it could be a child.
- Chick lit stories tend to keep things upbeat, light, fun; whereas a romance novel is free to delve into the deepest darkest fears of our hearts.
- Chick lit novels will usually not surpass 400 pages but a romance can go on and on if it so wishes.
There is a third ‘genre’ which I like to call the ‘Mills and Boons genre’ (cuz that’s how I got introduced to it). This genre can be easily identified by conflict between the heroine and hero, very masculine hero and one or two steamy sex scenes.
Wind whistling, weaving
slipping away unseen
That’s all I can think of really
Wrapping my opal shawl around
braving the biting breeze
Piercing – sighing screaming
Come in from the cold
The first line of a poem is always the hardest for me.
It’s the line most in danger of sounding corny, awkward, stilted, flamboyant or simply wrong. So assuming I’m not the only one who often hates the first line of their poem, I have a couple ideas of how to switch your poem up and make your first line strong.
Note these suggestions are most effective if you are not working with a strict poetic form.
‘No roses on my grave,’ she said,
‘No lilies, no orchids, when I’m dead.’
So I bought a cactus – dark green, no true leaves, spikes –
I hear it’s hot in hell.
I just discovered the Bop. I love the name. It’s almost as good as the Azby!
The bop is not as old or as popular as the other poetic forms that I have explored on this blog but it is certainly just as interesting. It was created by Afaa Michael Weaver – a man who seems to have come a long way.
The idea for this post came to me because right now the last thing I want to do is write. Spent my first day in New York and I spent it in platforms which though preferable to walking in heels is still nowhere as comfy as flats or trainers which is what you should really be wearing when exploring those New York blocks.
Because of my ridiculous day in unrealistic shoes I am now cranky, I can’t work up the energy to change to jammies and I really really don’t feel like posting. But it’s not the first time I have felt like this and it won’t be the last; if I gave in all the time, I’d never write.
So here are a couple of tips for fighting the sandman and writing:
It is easy to fall into the habit of writing how one feels (especially when writing poetry). Focusing on how you feel will give your work a childishness that you did not intend and make it difficult to show instead of tell.
Personally my crappiest poems have been born when I was trying to write how I felt; especially if I used words such as ‘feel’ ‘like’ ‘want’ ‘I’ (‘I’ is actually the biggest culprit of the lot!). I hate ‘I’ poems. Let me drop an example for you: