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Developing Habits Together

Would you like writing to be a habit for you? Would you like it to be something that you do automatically, every day, without having to find time for it and without getting stressed out about it?

In light of these last couple of posts, I’m teaming up with fellow Story Grid Editor, Rebecca Monterusso, to host a free 30-day writing challenge (because 30 days is enough to start!).

We’re still working out the details, but the idea is to create an environment that will help authors develop a regular writing practice so you can get words on the page and achieve your creative goals. We’ll have a private Facebook group where members can encourage and cheer one another along. Rebecca and I will be there daily with posts, FB live videos and so on. I’ll focus on the writer’s mindset while Rebecca will talk about the practical side of writing. If this sounds like something that you need and want to be part of, sign up here and I’ll be in touch as we nail down specifics.

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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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