- Stories without romantic elements
- Stories we have tried to market in other areas and now will try calling it women's fiction
- Stoires with women and huge baggage issues.
I have always said that a story in the category of women's fiction deals with real issues that real women deal with. These should be stories that show the female journey to the goal of understanding who she is as a person, in a relationship, in the world.
Too often, I see authors attempting to create stories out of conflict. Sure, there needs to be some conflict in the story, but the story itself doesn't have to be built around some catastrophic event. No, we don't have to deal with a divorce followed up by a chronic disesase. The story can just be about a life changing event.
The other element I like to see in these stories is a chance to truly relate to the characters. I see these stories as those that women sit around and talk about. The stories that women can say, "I know just what she is going through." I want the stories to be those that we can laugh and cry with them.
The book (not the movie) Under the Tuscan Sun is a great example of this. While we watch her go through the process with her husband of building this house, we also watch her grow as a female. We watch her come to grips with life, with relationships outside of marriage and with her own strengths and weaknesses.
That, in my humble opinion, is women's fiction.