Virna DePaul gives readers insight into the actual writing of the story and the physical impact it can have on the writer too – remember, every week 5 randomly chosen commenters win a FREE book – winners announced on Sunday – good luck! I used to imagine the ideal writer’s life this way: think Colin Firth in the movie Love Actually. Lush countryside. Beautiful Italian villa. Tons of peace and quiet. The reality is, of course, something different. Stress is a part of it, but I try to remember that’s not always a bad thing.