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: Napoleon’s Novella
    by Jilly Wood on August 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

    A couple of days ago I found a surprising addition to my reading retreat list. I was planning to write a post about this weekend’s 250th birthday celebration in honor of Napoleon Bonaparte, who was born in Ajaccio, Corsica, on 15 August, 1769. Visitors to the showpiece event at Waterloo, in Belgium, can enjoy presentations about

  • Jilly: Reading Week
    by Jilly Wood on August 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

    I’m scouting for book recommendations. I got back from New York last Sunday. Usually seven days would be plenty long enough to recharge my batteries, but not this time. I’m still sleeping 12 hours a night, and when I am awake I’m mostly lolling on the sofa, gulping coffee. RWA was fun. It was wonderful

  • Jilly: Too Many Dogs
    by Jilly Wood on July 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Do your favorite authors have signature metaphors? Do you? I’ve just finished working through my developmental edit on The Seeds of Power (yay!). Among many other smart observations and suggestions from my editor, Karen Dale Harris, I was surprised to find this comment: You use metaphors with dogs a lot. Do a search for “dog”

  • Jilly: Shiny New Cover!
    by Jilly Wood on July 7, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Happy holiday weekend to everyone in the US, and happy weekend to the rest of us 😉 Here in England the weather has turned gorgeous. It’s Wimbledon time, and usually I’d be on my sofa, indulging in a two-week tennisfest accompanied by the obligatory Pimms and strawberries. Not this year. I’m deep in the edits

  • Jilly: Visiting the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood
    by Jilly Wood on June 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Will you have a moment to spare on Wednesday? I know that’s three days away, and I expect you have a million things to do between now and then, but I have a favor to ask. If you remember, and if you’re willing, when Wednesday comes around please drop by the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog and

  • Jilly: Picking Your Brains on Audiobooks
    by Jilly Wood on June 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Do you listen to audiobooks? What do you like or dislike about them? I adore fiction, but my medium of choice is the written word. Dead tree or e-book, either works for me. I just love the way reading loads a story directly from the page into my brain, allowing me to imagine and interpret

  • Jilly: Rocks In My Head
    by Jilly Wood on May 26, 2019 at 5:00 am

    I know it’s a holiday weekend and the sun’s shining, but is anyone up for a quick game of world-building “what if”? As regular readers of this blog know, I write fantasy. Stories of chivalry, rivalry, power, and love, set in a fantastic pre-industrial landscape. I love my weird, crazy world, but I’m currently working

  • Jilly: The Get Creative Feel Good Test
    by Jilly Wood on May 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Would you take part in an academic study called The Get Creative Feel Good Test? The payoff is that all participants receive a personalized Feel Good Formula based on their responses, intended to boost their creative habits. It’s open to anyone, anywhere in the world, provided they are over 18 years old. The cost of

  • Jilly: Craft Book Squee–Dreyer’s English
    by Jilly Wood on April 28, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Last year I decided I wouldn’t buy any more writing craft books until I’d made better use of all the ones I already own and have at best cherry-picked my way through. A couple of months ago I broke my self-imposed rule, and I’m so glad I did. Dreyer’s English is subtitled “An Utterly Correct

  • Jilly: Uglycry stories
    by Jilly Wood on April 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Do you enjoy books and authors that make you uglycry? I’m currently participating in an online workshop offered by Jeanne’s RWA Chapter (Central Ohio Fiction Writers). It’s called Inside Out: Crafting Your Character’s Internal Conflict, taught by Linnea Sinclair. So far, so very good—the class is challenging me to dig deep into my characters’ innermost