Writing a book is easy…

…said no author ever.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that writing a novel is an agonizing, soul-destroying process. It requires alcohol, coffee, blood, sweat and tears – in that order.

We hear this so often, we accept it as truth. But what if it wasn’t true?

What if we chose to see the process as pleasurable? What if we told ourselves that writing is a challenge we look forward to? How might that affect our art?

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