I have yet to meet a person who says that they have a good memory. In fact, we seem to accept poor memory as a natural state of being; one that gets worse as we age.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

If we developed our memories, how would our craft improve? We’d have the elements of storytelling at our fingertips. We’d recall passages in novels and ways in which other authors innovated obligatory scenes and conventions.

(We could also memorize the first lines to our favourite books and impress (or possibly annoy) our friends!)

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