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Writer’s Block, Part 2

I can see a whole series of posts about writer’s block happening on this blog. It’s the thing people ask me about the most.

Writer’s block, as an affliction, does not exist. What we’re experiencing is Resistance. It’s our Paradigm holding us back from the thing we really want to do.

One trick to help us regain control is to write in sprints. This is my go-to strategy for days when Resistance has the upper hand. Simply set a timer for 25 minutes, then sit down and write. When the alarm sounds, take a 5 minute break then go again. Not only does this combat Resistance, it helps develop focus. I’ll talk more about focus tomorrow.

For now, go do the work.

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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