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6 Activities

I’m often asked how I manage to get so much done. I have only one strategy and it works every single time.

Each night, I sit down and write out 6 goal-achieving activities for the next day. I list them in order of importance, and in the morning I start with number one and go down through the list.

This is not a todo list. It’s not about picking up the groceries, or calling the orthodontist. It’s about taking practical steps toward achieving your goal.

Time can’t be managed, but activities can. What 6 things can you do today to help you achieve your writing goal?

Valerie Francis

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

Well, you’re not going to believe this. Reece Witherspoon and I picked the same book for our February book clubs. Sort of.  Late last year, I came across THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict and was fascinated by the premise. Benedict writes historical fiction, much like Philippa Gregory,

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A Girl Named Howard

This month, rather than recommend one book to read, I’m recommending the entire body of work of one author because Anne Rice, who passed away December 11, 2021, single-handedly revolutionized the role of vampires in literature.  Yes, vampires.  And the impact she’s had is more significant than you might realize.

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The Christmas Bookshop

If you’ve had it up to your eyes with holiday preparations and are looking for a light-hearted story to escape into, The Christmas Bookshop, by Jenny Colgan, might be just the ticket. The title is a bit misleading, in my opinion. Yes, there’s a bookstore. Yes, the plot unfolds in

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