Nina asks what makes women's fiction hard.
Maybe because it's such an ephemeral genre that it's hard to pin down what actually makes it work. I'm currently having a discussion with several fellow writers about "quiet fiction." We'd like to write books about ordinary people doing--what is for them--extraordinary things. People who could be you and me who one day are pushed or decide to move onward and upward. But editors have no idea what to do with books that don't have a high concept hook that sells. (I'm talking about this on the wenches next Wednesday, so I won't go into more detail)
Aside from that, in women's fiction we're generally talking about doing the POV of one or more women who may or may not be directly in conflict. They may have different attitudes, different approaches, different goals, but chances are pretty good the conflict is with themselves and not each other. Trying to create tension out of internal conflict is painful, I'm here to tell ya. Of course, for me, any conflict is painful. I'm a wimp.
So if I don't want to go with some high concept external plot but write about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, my chances of creating strong pacing and tension are limited and must be carefully watched. And then we have the lack of sexual tension...
Remind me again why I'm doing this?
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