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Group Habits

This will be my last riff on habits (for a little while, anyway!).

We have our own personal habits, but groups have habits too. This isn’t news to us, but how often do we stop and think about the habits of the groups we belong to, and whether or not those habits are serving us?

Consider the writers groups you belong to (whether they’re in-person or virtual). What is their attitude toward writing? Is it torture or a joy? Are they brimming with ideas or do they complain of being blocked? What messages are you receiving each time you interact with them, and have you picked up their way of thinking?

The great thing about habits (which control our thought and behaviour) is that we can change them if we want to, and it’s easier when we align ourselves with others who are doing the same. That’s why Rebecca and I are hosting the 30-day writing challenge.

It’s not about writing a certain number of words a day (although you can set that goal for yourself if you want to). It’s about creating positive writing habits—that means writing consistently and with the right attitude. If this sounds like it might be for you, sign up here. I’ll be in touch with you in the coming days with more details.

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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Valerie Francis

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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Valerie Francis

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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