My Writing Process

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends,

It’s Friday and the beginning of another weekend—except now it’s summer—more time for gardening, barbequing and exercising outside in the warm weather. After this past weekend, we’re taking it easy. My geraniums need pruning and watering, and Harry will cook something out on the grill. We’ve upped our exercise and are taking longer walks together. Sometimes, our schedules don’t mesh, and I do it alone—it’s a good time to write down thoughts or listen to a book on tape—Harry gives me all the time I need to think and be alone—I need my quiet time—he’s a people person.

My writing process on the book didn’t follow all the standard advice. For example, some say not to write the first scene until you know the last. I knew what the first scene was from the beginning. Other scenes and chapters changed, along with the order of them, but I wasn’t sure of the ending until much later. I wrote different endings and tried them, until I got the last one. I didn’t want Katie to end up with another man. I wanted her to be independent and pursue her interests and take care of her child. I wanted women’s friendship and support for each other to be a different kind of family—not blood but real—and in some cases, better. These were some of my thoughts that I was able to work out in my novel, and I’m forever grateful for all of my support.

Thank you, my Priscilla Bennett Friends, for listening and for all your support. Please visit my website at and read this blog, make a comment, write your own story and get helpful information. Remember the Priscilla Bennett Pledge to help someone by starting a conversation, giving a kind word in the grocery store or parking lot—a touch on the shoulder. We all have SOMETHING TO BE BRAVE FOR.

Take good care of yourselves,