Pepsi or Water?

I was in an airport recently and I overheard a woman complaining about the price of bottled water there. It was $5.00 for 500ml, whereas a 750ml bottle of Pepsi was $0.99. She continued at great length and volume until, at last, I had to look over at her. She held the unopened bottle of water in one hand while she drank the Pepsi with the other.

I wondered why on earth she’d spend the money if she didn’t think the water was worth it. I puzzled over why, when she’d chosen to spend the money, she wasn’t drinking it. She was cheating herself twice, losing money and nutrition.

Then I thought about the writing courses I’ve paid for but haven’t yet done, and the books on writing that I’ve bought and haven’t yet studied. I’m cheating myself twice, losing money and knowledge.

Are there areas where you’re cheating yourself? What resources do you already have that you’re not availing of? If you used them, how much closer to your writing goals could you get?

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