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–The 10,000-hour rule
    by Jilly Wood on December 1, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Have you heard of the 10,000-hour rule? In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell’s 2008 best-selling non-fiction book, he examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success. One idea that recurs throughout the book is the 10,000-hour rule. In essence, he argues that the key to achieving a world-class expertise in any skill is mostly a

  • Jilly: Impressed and Inspired
    by Jilly Wood on November 24, 2019 at 5:00 am

    This week I read the opening pages of a terrific story by a new-to-me author. Sadly I can’t offer you a recommendation because the pages were a contest entry. I don’t even know the author’s name yet, though I’ll be checking the contest website when the finalists are announced. I try to judge at least

  • Jilly: Sara Whitney’s Tempting Heat
    by Jilly Wood on November 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

    An unexpected upside to becoming a writer is that I find myself reading books written by friends, and friends of friends. I love seeing people I know become debut authors and then go on to build their lists. There’s something thrilling and insider-ish about being part of their adventure. Here on 8LW we’ve shared the

  • Jilly: Picking Your Brains
    by Jilly Wood on November 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Is anyone up for a spot of title brainstorming? I’d appreciate some help. I’m planning to publish my first book, The Seeds of Power, before the end of the year (much more to follow on that subject soon). All being well the sequel, The Light of Calder, will follow in 2020. Told you that to tell

  • Jilly: Victorian Tales of Terror
    by Jilly Wood on November 3, 2019 at 5:00 am

    It’s that scary time of year. The nights are getting shorter, darker and colder, at least for those of us in the Northern hemisphere. We just passed Halloween (previously the Celtic festival of Samhain), when the barrier between our world and the realm of ghosts and spirits melts away and supernatural types return from the

  • Jilly: Crouch End Kong
    by Jilly Wood on October 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Once every decade or so I see a painting or a piece of glass or art pottery and know immediately that I have to buy it. Usually it’s something colorful or intriguing or just plain crazysauce. This time it was all those things, and a creative inspiration as well. For some time now King Kong

  • Jilly: Short Story–Grave Concerns
    by Jilly Wood on October 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Here’s the seventh episode in the saga of Jordy MacHugh, a Canadian music teacher who inherits a derelict Scottish estate by the sea and decides to build an opera house. Over the last couple of weeks he’s acquired twin baby girls of unknown parentage and a housemate, Jenny from Kansas. She arrived in the Highlands

  • Jilly: Short Story–Challenge Accepted
    by Jilly Wood on October 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The MacHugh saga continues 🙂 . Last week I wrote a short story about Jordy MacHugh, the Canadian music teacher who inherits a derelict estate in the Scottish Highlands and decides to build an outdoor opera house by the sea. Elizabeth continued the story and raised the stakes by introducing Jenny, a tourist from Kansas,

  • Jilly: Short Story–The Laird’s Legacy
    by Jilly Wood on October 6, 2019 at 5:00 am

    I loved Elizabeth’s short story Hands Off! using last week’s Writing Sprint prompt words. That excellent tale inspired me to try a Highland-based short story offering a nod to Jeanne’s recent trip to Nova Scotia and using this Friday’s prompts: a character who found something unexpected, incorporating the words basket, symbol, siren, bottle, freewill, baby,

  • Jilly: Short Story–The Naked Truth
    by Jilly Wood on September 29, 2019 at 5:00 am

    I had so much fun playing with Elizabeth’s Friday writing sprint words last week that I decided to do it all over again. So here’s a warm, sunny short story about a character who was featured in a newspaper, using the prompt words bikini, flirtation, blowtorch, confidential, parcel, baptism, excuse, dishonest, lump, warning, needle, heavenly,