Writers are magicians. The audience should never see the sleight of hand, and they don’t want to know how the trick is done. But it is a trick.

Like all magicians, writers have to practice their craft for years before we master it. Like magicians, we have to keep thinking up new tricks. In other words, we have to innovate. Sure, we can start with beginner level card tricks. They will satisfy a certain audience for a little while, but the same trick over and over, soon becomes tiresome.

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