• Interviews With Authors

    Take 5 Friday: 5 Questions for Daphne Gray-Grant

    It’s the last Friday in the month so we are mixing things up a little. This week’s Take 5 Friday is a 5 question interview with writer Daphne Gray-Grant, a.k.a.The Publication Coach. Daphne has just released her second book Your Happy First Draft which guides people through her system for writing quickly and effectively – with minimal stress! Many thanks to Daphne for taking time out of her launch week to answer a few questions for us. Read below for a glimpse into her writing life. Where and when do you write? I spend much of every day writing from my home office in a loft at the top of…

  • Craft,  Motivation

    Take The Easy Way Out And Get That Draft Done

    With all the memes out there about how HARD writing is, I think we tend to get the wrong idea about our work.  Sure, it can be hard to get started and it can be hard to work on certain aspects of our projects (particularly if it has challenging emotional content) but we don’t have to make it any harder than it is.  You don’t have anything to prove. Your writing doesn’t have to be hard to be worthwhile.  In fact, sometimes, taking the easy way out is the best approach to getting your writing done. Especially in the first draft.  There will be a time for working on the…

  • Uncategorized

    Making a Writing Practice Work for You

    Even if you spend a lot of your writing time working on your current project, you can benefit from establishing a writing practice.  Obviously, working regularly on a project is one kind of practice. In this post, I’m talking about writing for writing’s sake.  That means writing to keep your brain tuned up. It means keeping your writing abilities front and center so you can call on them when you need them. How does a writing practice help your current project? You know that you are going to spend some time on your work-in-progress this week.  Maybe not every day, but on a regular basis.  And when you sit down…

  • Craft,  Motivation,  Uncategorized

    Take 5 Friday: Work Like A (Real) Dog

    As a writer, you know that inspiration can come from anywhere. And, I’m sure you know that you can borrow skills, ideas, and methods from all kinds of different sources. Today, just for fun on this first Friday in September, I have some writerly advice for you from my dog. Since she refused to be interviewed, I just observed her and thought about how her approach to the world applies to writing. So, here’s some advice to help you work like a dog. (A real dog, not one of those metaphorical ones that the expression refers to.) Be curious and then follow the scent When we go outside, Khalee likes…

  • Craft,  Motivation,  Self Talk

    Return to the Page: Coming Back to Your Writing After a Break

    OK, so you took some time away from your writing practice or your work-in-progress. Somehow, while you were gone, your work became this really huge challenging thing. Now, you feel weird and intimidated about starting again. I know how that feels!  It has happened many times in my regular writing life but today it was happening to me about this blog post. Luckily, I not only worked myself out of the weirdness but I also documented my process so I can do it again.  And, I offer it to you as an example of how to write yourself out of the same annoying situation. Here’s what I did, step by…

  • Uncategorized

    On Vacation… See you September 3!

    We’re taking a little break for some rest and relaxation but we’ll be back with new content (and a preview of our Fall schedule) on September 3rd, 2019. In the meantime, you can check out the conversations on our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/10MinNovelists/ You can also find some writing prompts here: http://www.10minutenovelists.com/category/writing-prompt/ Or maybe try out some ideas from earlier posts: How to write when you don’t feel like it How to use ‘transferable skills’ to improve your writing How Marie Kondo can change your writing life Guarding your time: the whys and hows of time blocking Have fun! We’ll see you in September!

  • Creativity,  Uncategorized,  Writing Prompt

    Apples to Apples to Words

    Since it’s the weekend, we want you to have a little fun with your writing.* Give our Apples to Apples Challenge a try! This is *not* a contest, we’re just playing with words today, but here are the rules:  Incorporate the words in large text from the cards below into a short piece of writing. (250 words or less) Once you’re done, post your story in the comments for us all to enjoy. Please keep it family friendly! We want to show off your well-crafted work but we can’t keep it on our site if it goes against our family-friendly policy. You can explore dark topics but you have to…

  • Creativity,  Discipline,  Motivation,  Self Talk

    5 Ways To Boost Your Writing Morale

    Since writing can be solitary and there is often a long time between the work and the reward, it can be easy to get discouraged about the process. Here are 5 tips to help you recharge when you are a bit burnt out from your efforts. 1) Use the word YET Too often we get stuck in the idea that we will NEVER accomplish things but it can be helpful to reframe it to ‘I haven’t done it YET’ – I use this for TKD all the time. I try not to say ‘I can’t’ I spin that into ‘I can’t YET.’ because it keeps the door open for future…

  • Craft,  Creativity,  Motivation,  Organization,  Uncategorized

    Writing by the Seasons, Part 2: ‘Seasons’ in your Life

    About a month ago, I wrote about how different seasons of the year can affect your writing schedule. And about how learning to accept the realities of the time you have available in this particular season helps you to get things done.  That acceptance can help you to focus on what you *can* do instead of worrying about what can’t be done right now.  That’s good for your mental health – and your writing – and instead of being an impediment, it can be an impetus to either try new things or to get really good at the things you are currently able to do.  This advice applies just as…

  • Writing Prompt

    Apples to Apples to Words

    Since it’s the weekend, we want you to have a little fun with your writing.* Give our Apples to Apples Challenge a try! This is *not* a contest, we’re just playing with words today, but here are the rules:  Incorporate the words in large text from the cards below into a short piece of writing. (250 words or less) Once you’re done, post your story in the comments for us all to enjoy. Please keep it family friendly! We want to show off your well-crafted work but we can’t keep it on our site if it goes against our family-friendly policy. You can explore dark topics but you have to…

  • Craft,  Creativity,  Discipline,  Motivation,  Organization,  Time Management

    Writing by the Season: Get Your Words in All Kinds of Weather

    If you find that the changes from season to season throw off your writing plans, it might be because you are fighting the seasons instead of trying to find a way to embrace those changes. When I was in University, my friend Bill used to joke that when the spring semester ended he was going to take off his watch and ‘live by the seasons.’ I think he was mostly kidding but the phrase has stuck with me for over 25 years now. I love the idea of changing your habits and the rhythms of your days to reflect the different seasons  – seasons of the year or seasons in…

  • Craft,  Writing Prompt

    Apples to Apples to Words

    Since it’s the weekend, we want you to have a little fun with your writing.* Give our Apples to Apples Challenge a try! This is *not* a contest, we’re just playing with words today, but here are the rules:  Incorporate the words in large text from the cards below into a short piece of writing. (250 words or less) Once you’re done, post your story in the comments for us all to enjoy. Please keep it family friendly! We want to show off your well-crafted work but we can’t keep it on our site if it goes against our family-friendly policy. You can explore dark topics but you have to…

  • Craft,  Writing Prompt

    Apples to Apples to Words

    Since it’s the weekend, we want you to have a little fun with your writing.* Give our Apples to Apples Challenge a try! This is *not* a contest, we’re just playing with words today, but here are the rules:  Incorporate the words in large text from the cards below into a short piece of writing. (250 words or less) Once you’re done, post your story in the comments for us all to enjoy. Please keep it family friendly! We want to show off your well-crafted work but we can’t keep it on our site if it goes against our family-friendly policy. You can explore dark topics but you have to…

  • Motivation

    On World Book Day, Encourage Yourself to Write

    Today, April 23, is World Book Day and I think the celebration is an excellent reason for you to find ways to encourage yourself to write. Most of my writing coaching is about helping people to develop consistent habits. Sometimes, though, I like to encourage writers to think about their big goals and create some reminders to lead them forward. Imagining your book-related future can be an excellent way to motivate yourself to write. Here are a few of my ideas, add your own in the comments! Create Your Future Book Cover If you have dreamt of the day when your book will be out in the world instead of growing…