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: Searching For A Cozy Niche
    by Jilly Wood on February 21, 2021 at 5:00 am

    How easily do you find the kind of books you like to read? I love character driven stories—heroines and heroes with clear, strong goals. I like romantic elements but I want an engaging external plot as well as true love. I prefer historical, paranormal or fantastic settings. Adventures and quests are good. And there must

  • Jilly: Secret Declarations
    by Jilly Wood on February 14, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day, if you celebrate the occasion! Chez Jilly, 14th February falls between our wedding anniversary (flowers, champagne) and Mr. W’s birthday (cake, treats) so we don’t make much of it. I enjoy all the online hoopla, though. It takes me back to my teens, when receiving a valentine card brought major bragging rights

  • Jilly: I Want That!
    by Jilly Wood on February 7, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Did you ever see, read, or hear about something and immediately think I want that for myself? It happened to me this week. Writing fiction is, for me, a joy and a privilege. I feel very lucky to have the resources to pursue my passion, and the time to build a successful indie author business

  • Jilly: Sleep Is My Superpower
    by Jilly Wood on January 31, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Do you find that a good night’s sleep helps you with problem solving? This week (finally!) I settled down to work on my current WIP, The Seeds of Destiny. I already had some ideas written down and a couple of scenes sketched out, but I put the project on hold while I published The Seeds

  • Jilly: Free Novella – The Pulse of Princes
    by Jilly Wood on January 24, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Another year, another Elan Intrigues novella, except this one’s a freebie 😀 You may remember I changed my plan for The Seeds of Exile, the novella I published last month. It’s a sibling rivalry story about Prince Daire of Caldermor and his brother, Prince Warrick. It can be read as a standalone quick read, but

  • Jilly: Sound Effects
    by Jilly Wood on January 17, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Do you prefer background noise when you work, or are you a work-in-silence type? In the past I’ve created playlists for individual books, finding songs or pieces of music that I associated with particular characters, places or themes. If I played them often enough, they became so familiar that my ears tuned them out and

  • Jilly: Booksweeps Sword & Sorcery Fantasy
    by Jilly Wood on January 11, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Do you know about Booksweeps? I discovered them last year, when Jeanne included one of her Touched By A Demon books in a paranormal romance sweep. I joined an Epic, Sword & Sorcery Fantasy collection, and it went so well I decided to do it again this year. Here’s the graphic for this year’s sweep:

  • Jilly: 2021 In A Word
    by Jilly Wood on January 10, 2021 at 5:00 am

    It’s 2021, at last! In recent years, I’ve formed the habit of choosing a watchword to epitomize my approach to the coming twelve months. It’s less prescriptive than a set of resolutions. I see it as a theme. An idea that recurs and pervades. My recent selections have been: 2017: PUBLISH 2018: TRIMMINGS 2019: CONCENTRATE

  • Jilly: Incubating in Caldermor
    by Jilly Wood on January 3, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Happy New Year, all! I had plans for my first post of 2021, but my brain seems to be off on a frolic of its own. Whether I’m asleep, cooking, tapping at my laptop, or walking around Hampstead Heath, my gray matter is in Caldermor, mulling over Annis, Daire, and my new WIP. Not working

  • Jilly: Lighter Days Are Coming
    by Jilly Wood on December 27, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Are you enjoying the holidays? It’s been a year like no other, but hopefully you’re managing to find a silver lining under all that cloud. Over the last few days I’ve started to feel really energized. It’s not Christmas (bah, humbug!). It’s partly the prospect of a new year—I’m all in favor of putting 2020