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Creative Muscles

I’ve just restarted my strength training regime. Today, I’m humbled. Tomorrow, I’ll be sore. I haven’t been consistent for the last six months or so, and as a result I’m now forced to go back and cover old ground. It will be some time before I see a PB (personal best).

What does this have to do with writing? Everything.

When we’re constantly stopping and starting our writing regime, we don’t get any better. All we do is cover old ground.

Sure, we can say that the break gives our creative wells time to refill. We can tell ourselves that we need a rest because writing a novel is such a big undertaking. (And it is! I believe it’s the creative equivalent of running a marathon.) But here’s the thing. If we simply stop writing for long periods of time, or if we engage in an inconsistent writing practice, our creative muscles atrophy.

So, what can we do about it? I’ll have more on that tomorrow.

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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