Confidence is a tricky thing because you’ve got to have just the right amount of it.

If you’ve got too little, you’ll think you can’t learn. If you’ve got too much, you’ll think you don’t have to learn.

So, without the right balance of confidence either you’ll never write a novel, or you’ll never write a better novel.

About the author 

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

stories for women, by women, and about women