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The Best Time To Start

It may not surprise you to hear that the best time to start is right now. Your idea might not work. You won’t have all the bugs worked out. Things will go wrong along the way. Still, the best time to start is now because now is all there is.

Perfection isn’t important. The only thing that matters is that you start. Start from wherever you are with whatever you’ve got.

That’s how books get finished; an author sits down and starts. She’s tired and she doesn’t know if her idea will work, but she starts. And tomorrow, she’ll start again because tomorrow will be now.

I’m starting this blog. I’m calling it The Write Mind and tomorrow, I’ll start it again. What will you start?

Valerie Francis

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

Well, you’re not going to believe this. Reece Witherspoon and I picked the same book for our February book clubs. Sort of.  Late last year, I came across THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict and was fascinated by the premise. Benedict writes historical fiction, much like Philippa Gregory,

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A Girl Named Howard

This month, rather than recommend one book to read, I’m recommending the entire body of work of one author because Anne Rice, who passed away December 11, 2021, single-handedly revolutionized the role of vampires in literature.  Yes, vampires.  And the impact she’s had is more significant than you might realize.

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The Christmas Bookshop

If you’ve had it up to your eyes with holiday preparations and are looking for a light-hearted story to escape into, The Christmas Bookshop, by Jenny Colgan, might be just the ticket. The title is a bit misleading, in my opinion. Yes, there’s a bookstore. Yes, the plot unfolds in

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