Lyla Campbell


My NaNoWriMo 2010 story line came about as a quandary I've been pondering for quite a while. "Chick lit is just missing that certain je ne sais quoi." Granted, because I'm a chick, technically everything I read is Chick Lit. But, so many times I feel let down by the selection that's currently available. Some of the chick lit I've read in the past (titles to remain unnamed) fell flat on my literary palate. The lead female character is always of average to above average intelligence, is not unfortunate looking, is generally liked by the people they encounter and have a mild to severe shopping problem. On top of that the plot doesn't put the MC through a crucible in any way shape or form. Only mild disappointments (usually having to do with their love interest) are encountered. To summarize, they're fluffy stories about a Mary Sue.

**Now, I know I haven't read every book in this genre. So if you have any suggestions that shatter my opinion, please feel free to share**

My goal with this manuscript is to create a story that career women with more than just cotton for brains can relate to. A story that deals with discrimination against women in technical industries, the difficulty of balancing one's working and personal life, and preconceived expectations of what "success" is measured by. I'm coming up on my 5 year anniversary at my 1st job out of college, and these are all things that both myself and my fellow girls-in-the-workplace have had to deal with on a daily basis. And like they say, "Write what you know."

With out further ado...Here is my NaNoWriMo 2010 Synopsis:

The right pair of shoes can change a woman's life. That is, if she's open to change...

Jacqueline had been riding the corporate conveyor belt since college graduation day. Now seven years into her career at an architecture firm, pressure from herself and her family has kept her drive alive. She's fought long and hard to achieve what she has, sinking her teeth in and refusing to let go.

But flash floods of change are thundering her way. Will she be able to adapt to the tidal wave crashing down on her life, or will she drown?
2 Responses
  1. I'm intrigued. As a "career woman" myself, I'm anxious to see exactly challenges Jacqueline faces, and how she conquers some, and deals with the others. Good idea!


  2. Jeff King Says:

    I like it... but it really doesn't tell me what the main problem/issue/conflict is going to be, and that’s what I’m looking for.

    I do like how it reads, and you use of strong words bring great imagery; just add the main conflict to really pull it out.


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