Engage the Will

When we want to focus, the obvious thing to do is get rid of external distractions; turn off our phones, disable our internet connections and so on.

But when we sit down to write, our minds inevitably wander. A whole bunch of extraneous thoughts float into our heads that have nothing whatsoever to do with the books we’re trying to write. Errands we need to run, appointments we need to make, and people we need to talk to. What do we do then?

That’s when we engage our Will. Since our minds can’t be turned off, our only option is to learn how to control the thoughts that come into them.

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