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How do you develop a habit?

There are two strategies that have consistently worked for me when I want to develop or change a habit. I’m putting them both into practice with The Write Mind.

The first is to make myself accountable to someone. With this blog, I’m making myself accountable to you; I’ve made a public commitment to show up here every day.

The second is to make a conscious effort to do the new thing (write, exercise, etc.) every day for at least 90 days. If I miss a day, the clock starts over. Now, 90 days sounds like a lot—and it is! It’s taken me a couple of years to build up to it. I started with 30 days and even that was challenging at first. You know the saying old habits die hard? Well, they do.

I haven’t yet reached the 90-day mark for this blog, but I’m closing in on it. What habits do you have that are serving you well? Which of your habits are holding you back?

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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