Organizing Your Emotions For The New Year (So You Can Write More!)

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I may look like a 49-year-old mother of five, but sometimes I feel like a four-year-old with out of whack emotions.  I whine, I cry, I forget to care for myself. I grumble at the thought of doing things for my family. I put off things like washing the dishes because I call  Pinterest “fostering […]

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Become A Seasonal Anthropologist: Holiday Writing Research

Craft, Creativity, Observation, Uncategorized

By Christine Hennebury Holidays are full of opportunities for us to play anthropologist and observe the culture we are participating in. We can choose to pay attention to the emotional, social, and sensory details of the season. That way we can bring vivid detail to our future writing. I’m not suggesting that you spend your […]

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Top 10 Things To Do When You’ve Written A Hot Mess

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By Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist What is this fresh mess that you wrote last month? You now have 50,000+ words of the most hare-brained, rabbit-traily, blathering nonsense the literary world has ever seen. You may have loved it on November 30, but now it’s really a mess. You’re kind of proud of it, but […]

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The Value of a Good Book

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During a recent conversation, a few author friends were grumbling about how hard it is to sell books. Readers ask us all the time to put our books on sale or to give them away for free. And there are people who simply can’t afford a full price book, but the majority of people can. […]

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Holiday Writing: Plan for Success

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by Christine Hennebury (Note: While there are many, many holidays being celebrated world-wide at this time of year, I realize that some of us aren’t celebrating, it’s just the end of another year. However, no matter what is going on, December seems like a hectic month for most people. This post mentions holidays but the […]

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Top 10 Signs You’ve Given TMI & Need to Cut The Dickens Out Of Your Backstory by Katharine Grubb 10 Minute Novelist

Charles Dickens, Craft, Discipline, Revising and Editing, Uncategorized

You are not Charles Dickens. As much as you may want  to be Victorian, champion for the London’s most needy, and father 10 children, that doesn’t give you the right to overwrite your novels. That is, if you intention is to sell them in today’s market, you may want to reconsider how much backstory you have […]

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NaNoWriMo-The Three Week Slump

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The week three slump! How to keep going when all you want to do is quit. So, you’ve got stuck and don’t know how to keep going to the end? Well, if you’ve come this far you better keep going. You can make it. Unless this is your first NaNoWriMo ever and you just decided […]

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Benefits of Writing With Constraints

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By Sherry Howard Don’t get it twisted. Writing with constraints isn’t the same as writing in restraints. All writers deal with constraints. Writing for a blog post? You have an optimal length, a certain expectation for civility—unless you’re Chuck Wendig. Making a submission to a magazine? You’ll likely have a theme to fit into, either […]

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365 Writing Club-Daily Writing Challenge

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365 Writing Club is a free subgroup of 10 Minute Novelists that challenges writers to write DAILY and it will change your writing life.  Don’t believe me here are just a few of the comments from current members. “For years, I tried to build a daily writing habit. This group gave me the freedom to […]

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Procrastination Queen-Laying Down My Crown

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That’s me, Queen of Procrastination. Sadly I wear the crown proudly most of the time. I know all the tricks to not have time to write, yeah you read right, to NOT write. Sounds like a chore, right? For me it feels like a chore, and I don’t like to do chores. Every time I […]

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Creating a Social Media Calendar


Marketing

For those writers building platforms, a social media calendar is a must.  Essentially it is a place to decide when and what you will post across your platform. You can also use it to analyze content productivity.  The first thing you need to decide is if you’re going to use an online interface or an […]

January 12, 2018

The Value of a Good Book


Marketing, Uncategorized

During a recent conversation, a few author friends were grumbling about how hard it is to sell books. Readers ask us all the time to put our books on sale or to give them away for free. And there are people who simply can’t afford a full price book, but the majority of people can. […]

December 8, 2017

Holiday Writing: Plan for Success


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by Christine Hennebury (Note: While there are many, many holidays being celebrated world-wide at this time of year, I realize that some of us aren’t celebrating, it’s just the end of another year. However, no matter what is going on, December seems like a hectic month for most people. This post mentions holidays but the […]

December 6, 2017

Top 10 Signs You’ve Given TMI & Need to Cut The Dickens Out Of Your Backstory by Katharine Grubb 10 Minute Novelist


Charles Dickens, Craft, Discipline, Revising and Editing, Uncategorized

You are not Charles Dickens. As much as you may want  to be Victorian, champion for the London’s most needy, and father 10 children, that doesn’t give you the right to overwrite your novels. That is, if you intention is to sell them in today’s market, you may want to reconsider how much backstory you have […]

December 4, 2017

7 Gift Ideas for Writers


Inspiration, Writer Swag

by Joanna Maciejewska Do you struggle with gift ideas for writers in your life? Years ago, shortly after I met my significant other, we talked about gifts and how hard it was sometimes to pick a perfect gift for a friend or a family member. He said then, “Getting one for you would be easy. […]

November 24, 2017

NaNoWriMo-The Three Week Slump


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The week three slump! How to keep going when all you want to do is quit. So, you’ve got stuck and don’t know how to keep going to the end? Well, if you’ve come this far you better keep going. You can make it. Unless this is your first NaNoWriMo ever and you just decided […]

November 22, 2017