I’m a junkie. I just love listening to people like David Mamet and Aaron Sorkin talk craft. Margaret Atwood just released her masterclass and it’s filled with incredible tidbits on structure, point of view and so on.

In one of the lessons, she says, “You become a writer by writing. There is no other way. So do it, do it more. Do it again. Do it better. Fail. Fail better.”.

Those are certainly words to live by … or at least, to write by.



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