Laser Focus

Inability to focus is a common problem. For writers, it’s almost a work hazard. Our job is to let our minds wander, to follow a train of thought in the hope that it will lead to innovation.

There’s a very fine line between opening the psyche to allow The Muse to enter, and being blindly led by the latest shiny object.

The way to perfect the former and avoid the latter is through deliberate practice. One strategy that has worked wonders for me is daily meditation using the programs developed by Andy Puddicombe and the team at

Do your work, then check it out.

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