Eight Ladies Writing

Jilly blogs about reading, writing and life in general every other Sunday over at Eight Ladies Writing.

8LW is a group blog written by eight friends who met online in 2012 as students in the inaugural Romance Writing Program at McDaniel College. Some of the Ladies are published. Some are still striving towards that goal. They’ve been blogging together since 2013 and they’re still going strong.

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  • Jilly: Snippet
    by Jilly Wood on September 13, 2020 at 5:00 am

    A couple of weeks ago I decided to write a new Elan Intrigues prequel novella as a giveaway for my newsletter subscribers. I’ve been in my writing cave ever since. The Pulse of Princes will be 15-18,000 words, about the early life of recurring character Prince Daire of Caldermor. In this story he’s aged 19.

  • Jilly: Labor of Love
    by Jilly Wood on September 6, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Happy Labor Day weekend to everyone in the US. Happy weekend, and happy end of summer, to everyone else. Thinking about Labor Day led me to realize that it’s ten years since I decided to quit the day job and write fiction full time. I left paid employment at the end of 2011. I published

  • Jilly: Multi-Generational Stories
    by Jilly Wood on August 30, 2020 at 5:00 am

    An unexpected corona-bonus is that author book launches have gone digital. Which means fans who would never have the chance to attend a physical talk and book signing can join in the fun. This week the Cary Memorial Library in Massachusetts hosted a conversation with fantasy romance authors Ilona Andrews (Ilona and Gordon, in Texas),

  • Jilly: Plot Preferences
    by Jilly Wood on August 23, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Almost all my favorite stories are character driven. What I want most from a book is a main character I can commit to. I love to dive deep into their head and stay there, living every word of their challenges, actions, setbacks, dark moment and ultimate triumph. That means I prefer books written in first

  • Jilly: Bake, Write, Repeat
    by Jilly Wood on August 16, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Which of your newly acquired corona-shelter-lockdown skills is proving most useful? I know I’m not the only one working on my baking craft. I’ve been cheering Elizabeth’s sourdough progress and applauding Kay’s inspired ingredient substitutions. Not sure I’ve heard anyone else say that the experience has also been good for their writing, though. Michille said

  • Jilly: Unputdownable or Re-readable?
    by Jilly Wood on August 9, 2020 at 5:00 am

    If you had to choose, would you prefer a book that’s unputdownable or one that’s re-readable? That’s what I was asking myself yesterday. I’ve been working through a TBR list of new-to-me authors who write in sub-genres similar to mine—historical fantasy, low fantasy, fairy tale re-tellings, what Michaeline memorably described as cozy high fantasy. They’ve

  • Jilly: New Story, New Cover
    by Jilly Wood on August 2, 2020 at 5:00 am

    It’s August already, and the end of this pandemic is starting to feel very far away. Here’s hoping at least one of those vaccines turns out to be a magic bullet. I expected to be in California now, drinking cocktails, eating ice cream and hanging out with Eight Lady Kay. Instead I’m about to start

  • Jilly: Searching for Niol
    by Jilly Wood on July 26, 2020 at 5:00 am

    I don’t know about you, but I’m digging in for the long haul. It would be lovely to think the world was starting to return to normal, but I’m not making any plans that involve spending significant time in the wider world. Fingers crossed for next year. Luckily I have a new writing project to

  • Jilly: Picking Your Brains
    by Jilly Wood on July 19, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Is anyone up for a spot of brainstorming? I’m finishing up my developmental edits of The Seeds of Exile, also known as Daire’s novella. There’s a small, impromptu wedding in the book (not Daire’s). In addition to the bride and groom there are a scattering of witnesses, one matron of honor and one groomsman. The

  • Jilly: Cast of Thousands
    by Jilly Wood on July 12, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Do you read series? What do you expect from the final book? This week I happened to read the last book in two different long-running bestselling series, one urban fantasy and one straight-up fantasy. In each case the series ran to ten or more books, plus novellas and other related stories in a complex world