10 Awesome Things You Get To Do If You’re A Member of 10 Minute Novelists

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  In 2018, my Facebook group, 10 Minute Novelists celebrated four years, 12,000+ members, and our first conference!  We are pretty proud of how far we’ve come! We’d love for you to join us! This is what you get if you’re a part of this dynamic group:         1. You get to […]

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Understanding Your Publishing Options

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by Joanna Maciejewska Being a writer might mean that, at some point, you’ll be thinking of showing your work to the world. It might mean sharing it with a friend or family. But if you’ve been editing it for what feels like ages, if you’ve gotten feedback of beta-readers and critique partners… You might be […]

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“An Open Oven Bakes No Bread” – choosing which great idea to pursue.

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by Christine Hennebury You are free but you have to choose. An open oven bakes no bread.                                                                             […]

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Becoming a Beta Reader, Becoming a Better Writer

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by Joanna Maciejewska If you look up online advice for writers, you’ll likely find a mention of beta readers and how crucial they are for improving one’s writing. Yet, with all the emphasis out there on finding a beta reader or ten, there’s very little said about how being a beta reader improves your own […]

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The Benefits of Planning Your Novel by Laura Laakso

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By Laura Laakso My first reader (or my brutal beta, as he sometimes refers to himself) recently shared with me an idea for a crime novel and asked what I thought about the outline. I said I loved it and that he should write it. But he, ever the voice of reason, said he didn’t […]

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Trick the Mind, Get Creative and Opening Lines

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By Tina Neyer As fiction writers, we strive to create believable stories that have a message. Whether creating worlds based on fact or fantasy the best stories begin with strong opening paragraphs. Let’s face it, beginnings are hard to get right. The beginning is the most read part of any work, flash fiction or novel. […]

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Five Lies I Believed About Poetry Writing

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Over the last few months, I’ve been spending more and more time studying poetry. I’m not afraid to try new things or expand myself in new directions. I’m finding, and I’m sure that this will be news to some of you, that you can write poetry faster than you can write novels! I find this to […]

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Dealing with the Impostor Syndrome

Motivation, Self Talk, Uncategorized

by Joanna Maciejewska Being a writer comes with a huge array of insecurities, from doubting our ideas to confidence in putting one’s commas in the right place. Writer’s impostor syndrome is one of them. Nearly every writer I talked to or seen speaking online, admits to suffering from it or had suffered from it in […]

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10 Minute Novelists Conference Can Change Your Fiction Writing Forever!

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In this saturated market, you can’t afford to be a mediocre writer. For most of us, it’s not enough to read books or depend on beta readers to show what’s precisely wrong with our fiction manuscripts. We plow on, submitting here or there, facing rejection after rejection, questioning our creative choices.    What if we […]

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A Writer and A Narrator Walk into a Bar: Separating from Our Main Character

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by Annette Januzzi Wick   I’d known Julianna for a long time since my father passed away. Her presence in my life kept me up late nights, early mornings, so I asked her to meet me. I couldn’t shake the sense she had wisdom to impart. Julianna was the protagonist in my novel about a […]

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Trick the Mind, Get Creative and Opening Lines


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By Tina Neyer As fiction writers, we strive to create believable stories that have a message. Whether creating worlds based on fact or fantasy the best stories begin with strong opening paragraphs. Let’s face it, beginnings are hard to get right. The beginning is the most read part of any work, flash fiction or novel. […]

July 7, 2018

Five Lies I Believed About Poetry Writing


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Over the last few months, I’ve been spending more and more time studying poetry. I’m not afraid to try new things or expand myself in new directions. I’m finding, and I’m sure that this will be news to some of you, that you can write poetry faster than you can write novels! I find this to […]

July 2, 2018

Dealing with the Impostor Syndrome


Motivation, Self Talk, Uncategorized

by Joanna Maciejewska Being a writer comes with a huge array of insecurities, from doubting our ideas to confidence in putting one’s commas in the right place. Writer’s impostor syndrome is one of them. Nearly every writer I talked to or seen speaking online, admits to suffering from it or had suffered from it in […]

June 29, 2018

Eleven Tips To Help You Be More Creative!


Creativity, Reading

Who wants more ideas? Who needs a brilliant thought? Who could stand a new insight? A fresh perspective? A story idea? Who needs more creativity? I know I do! I just wish I could turn on good ideas like I turn on the tap. It’s too bad our muse only shows up at inconvenient times […]

June 18, 2018

16 Simple Things To Do To Be More Creative


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Everybody wants to be more creative. Creativity is that moment when your ideas come together in just the right way, you may see something that no one else did. Creativity is problem solving, but it’s also strategy, connections and applications of concepts. When we’re on fire creatively, sometimes we don’t know where the original spark […]

June 4, 2018