• Writing Prompt

    Apples to Apples to Words

    Since it’s the weekend, we want you to have a little fun with your writing*! To help you in that quest, may we present: the Apples to Apples Challenge! 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 it 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…

  • Craft

    Guest Post: 5 Ways Playwriting Improved My Fiction

    By Sharon King-Campbell When I was 9, my English teacher (one of a long line of superhero English teachers) assigned us a 2-page story for homework. I wrote 7 pages of my Hilroy notebook in large, clumsy cursive writing. I think it had something to do with a haunted house. Mrs. Pereira (superhero) was encouraging and kind. I don’t remember my grade on that assignment, or if she graded it at all. I do remember that she contacted my parents to let them know they had a writer on their hands. Writing has followed me my whole life. As readers of this blog will know, it’s a versatile skill. Essays,…

  • Craft,  Creativity,  Motivation

    How To Write When You Don’t Feel Like It

    By Christine Hennebury Do you fall into the trap of thinking that you have to be motivated in order to write? Writing is often *easier* when we are motivated but it is indeed possible to write without feeling like it. I’ve found that a lack of motivation to write often has little to do with writing itself and, instead, just reflects how challenging it is for us to switch tasks. Switching tasks is hard. When you are already doing something, even if it is just sitting on the couch, the energy cost to start doing something else can feel prohibitive. If the new task is something that you feel apprehensive…

  • Creativity,  Writing Prompt

    Apples to Apples to Words

    Since it’s the weekend, we want you to have a little fun with your writing* so we’re bringing back the Apples to Apples Challenge!  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 it 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…

  • Creativity,  Discipline,  Motivation,  Organization,  Perils of a Mom Writer

    How Marie Kondo Can Change Your (Writing) Life

    By Katharine Grubb Back in 2008, when I first started setting my timer in 10-minute increments to write, I had five children who were 10, 8, 6, 4, and 2. I discovered pretty quick;y that in order to maximize the writing 10 minutes, every other 10 minutes had to be maximized too. So let’s say I’m preparing a meal when I’m not writing. Wouldn’t it make sense to be as efficient and organized as possible while I was doing it? If I’ve already planned my menu, already bought the necessary groceries, already knew the recipe, already understood the tasks required, already had all of the tools I needed in the…

  • Craft,  Writing Prompt

    Apples to Apples to Words: Writing Challenge

    NOTE: We know that you have been having trouble commenting on these posts and we *think* we have the problem solved. If this doesn’t work, we’ll keep working on it until we get it figured out. Sorry about the confusion and frustration. Since it’s the weekend, we want you to have a little fun with your writing* so we’re bringing back the Apples to Apples Challenge!  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 it in the…

  • Craft,  Creativity,  Writing Prompt

    Apples to Apples to Words

    Since it’s the weekend, we want you to have a little fun with your writing* so we’re bringing back the Apples to Apples Challenge!  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 it 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…

  • Creativity,  Writing Prompt

    Apples to Apples to Words: Writing Challenge

    Since it’s the weekend, we want you to have a little fun with your writing* so we’re bringing back the Apples to Apples Challenge!  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 it 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…

  • Craft,  Creativity,  Writing Prompt

    Apples to Apples to Words: Weekly Writing Challenge

    Since it’s the weekend, we want you to have a little fun with your writing* so we’re bringing back the Apples to Apples Challenge!  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 – and post it 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,  Self Talk

    You Don’t Need Permission To Write

    …but I’ll give you some anyway. The writing world is alive with the ‘rules’ of writing. Everyone and their uncle has something to say about what you should write, when you should write it, how you should write it, and why you should write it. Naturally, a lot of that advice is contradictory. After all, while we can all expand our practice and our skills, we each have to make our own way to the page. We each have our own interests, our own reasons for writing, and our own hopes for what will become of our words. But a lot of us get tangled in all of the writing…

  • Creativity,  Writing Prompt

    Apples to Apples to Words: Weekly Writing Challenge

    Since it’s the weekend, we want you to have a little fun with your writing* so we’re bringing back the Apples to Apples Challenge! 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 – and post it 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,  Self Talk

    Be Your Own Valentine: 5 Writerly Gifts To Give Yourself Today

    Even though Valentine’s Day is already here, it’s not too late to give your writerly-self. I’m sure a lot of us dream of the perfect writing lifestyle, a delightful haven in which everything contributes to our ability to surrender to our muse. Most of us, however, lead the kinds of lives where writing needs to be crammed in among a host of other things. That means that instead of giving ourselves gold pens, or exclusive writing retreats, our writerly-selves probably need more intangible but practical things – changes in attitude or approach- that would make our writing lives easier. Here are 5 of our suggestions. What would you add? Give…

  • Craft,  Writing Prompt

    Apples to Apples to Words: Weekly Writing Challenge

    Since it’s the weekend, we want you to have a little fun with your writing* so we’re bringing back the Apples to Apples Challenge! 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 – and post it 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

    5 Links: Show Some Character

    We’ve got lots of great advice here at 10 Minute Novelists but we also recommend reading widely so you can learn as much as you can about the craft of writing. Once a month, we’ll be sharing links to 5 posts on other sites that can expand and enhance your understanding of some aspect of your writing practice. Please note that these recommendations will only be for whatever is directly linked, there is no implied recommendation for products that may be sold on these sites. Here are 5 interesting posts that Christine found about developing your characters. 33 Ways to Write Stronger Characters – Kristen Kieffer’s post (and podcast) on…