The Gift

Further to yesterday’s post:

While few writers consider themselves as artists, I don’t recall any who referred to their books as gifts.

Well, ok. I hear Shawn Coyne and Steven Pressfield talk that way. But for those of us in our first five years, that’s pretty bold language. Some people might think it sounds conceited. Most writers, especially those just starting out, worry that their writing isn’t any good; that it will be rejected by readers.

Which way do you lean? Do you think about your book as a gift to the world, or are you simply trying to get to the end of the thing?

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