Rookie Mistake

I’m kicking myself this morning because last night I made the rookiest of rookie mistakes.

In the novel I’m working on now, I’ve been struggling to identify my villain’s objects of desire. What does he want, and why? What does he need, and why? Last night the answers came to me in a flash. Rather than getting out of bed and writing it down, I convinced myself that I’d remember it. It seemed so obvious once I knew it.

But I don’t remember it. I have no clue what the idea was. I only know that it was brilliant.

Last night, Resistance won. This morning, The Muse is making me suffer the consequences of my decision. In a few days or weeks, she might throw me a bone and tell me the idea again. More likely as not, I’m on my own.

If we’re not willing to do the work, we don’t deserve the reward. It’s that simple.


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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.

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