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Cross Training

So, what can we do when we’re tired from writing but still want to maintain a consistent writing habit?

No surprise here, my first tip comes from my experience as a runner; cross training.

If you’re used to writing long books, try writing short stories. If you usually write in one genre only, dip your toe in another genre for a while. If you usually write fiction, switch to non-fiction.

This gives you a chance to develop different writing muscles. It gets your mind thinking in a new way, and in the end makes you a better writer. I’ve done this many times and it works like a charm.

Tomorrow, tip #2.

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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