• Beautiful Words,  Craft,  Creativity,  Uncategorized

    Description: Six Ways To Tone It Down And Make Your Story Stronger

    Description can be overdone like Girl Scout cookies, sunny days and reality television. In our fiction writing, description can play a key role. It can make the details of the story come alive vividly. Good description engrosses the reader in the story. But like fine wine, news in an election year, and most pork products, if you have too much description, you may regret it. Many times writers get a little too excited with their descriptions of the people, places and things in their story. As much as I loved the beauty and genius of Les Miserables, I totally skimmed through dozens of pages describing the sewer systems of Paris. With apologies…

  • Beautiful Words,  Creativity,  Discipline,  Uncategorized

    Top 10 Ways To Make Your Words More Beautiful

    by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James Regardless of tastes, preferences or trends, I believe the beautiful calls to us. There is something inside of us that longs for symmetry, for rhythm, for thoughtful curves, for delicacy, for images that spurn our emotions, that bring out in us the good and noble. We all enjoy art for a variety for reasons, but no one can deny how beautiful art serves a purpose. Beautiful art points us to the good in humanity. As we write, we can organize our words  in such a way…

  • Beautiful Words,  Inspiration,  Observation,  Self Talk

    Top 10 Great Things That Happened When I Stopped Complaining

    by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist Sometimes, the world really is insufficient, faulty or stupid. But sometimes it’s just better not to notice.  A few years ago, after a particularly difficult time in my life, I challenged myself to watch what I said and to stop complaining. I thought that by stopping the bad attitude was just a generally a good step in the direction of restraint. I had no idea that this would change nearly everything about my life.  Now, this blog has the main purpose of encouraging time-crunched writers in their dreams, but sometimes, I want to write for everyone. I firmly believe that the world would change dramatically…

  • Beautiful Words,  Craft

    Top 10 Questions To Ask Others and Avoid Being Labeled Another Emily Dickinson by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelists

    If you are a writer, then it is likely that you prefer to be isolated from the rest of the world. You spend your days thinking up great stories, making them as perfect as you possibly can. You may create that ideal lover, that ideal setting or that ideal story that you believe is the only story worth telling, at least for now. You may often be so engrossed in the creation of your little world that you forget that when the story is over, you may have to share it. And that thought makes you want to pretend you’re Emily Dickinson. Emily Dickinson was an American poet who lived…

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    Top 10 Ways Poetry is Better Than Food

    Poetry is better than food. At least sometimes it is. Just like we eat a variety of things so that we can nourish our bodies, I think we should read a variety of poems so that we can nourish our souls. I love that some poetry  is bite sized like a Dickinson poem or a haiku. I like that some poetry is a full five course meal, like a Longfellow poem. Hungry yet?   1. Like vegetables, poetry is good for you.  If you have the literary nutrition of a poem daily, the you can  appreciate rhythm, imagery, metaphor, meaning, communication, pathos, story telling and good craftsmanship. If you analyze…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Beautiful Words,  Inspiration

    Who Are We? A Existential Rambling From A Novelist Who Should Probably Know Better

    Who are we? What is our identity? These are big questions that haven’t been fully answered by the wisest men. But I’d like to suggest that we are more than our genders, more than our hobbies, more than our avatars, more than our homes, more than our children, more than our possessions. I ask this because I have always struggled with identity. I spent a good part of my childhood fighting for attention, fighting for reassurance, fighting for comfort, for safety, for aspirations, for acceptance that exactly who I am is enough. That fight lasted way too long and the addition of titles like wife and mother just made fight…

  • #WhyIWrite,  Beautiful Words,  Creativity,  Self Talk

    What Is Beautiful To Me by Katharine Grubb

      What is beautiful?  It is beautiful to stop and take deep breaths. To understand that your breathing not just helps your body but it also calms you down. Your deep breaths soothe your mind. Deep breaths free you up to think and act clearly. Deep breathing is a pacifier, a soother, a psychological binky.  You can wrap yourself up in your own breaths and rest deeply. You can breathe the toxins out of your body. You can breathe out the bad thoughts and the invasive poisons. What is beautiful? It is beautiful to choose to be free and walk in truth. What’s beautiful in the journey of truth is…

  • #WhyIWrite,  Beautiful Words

    Beauty, Truth, and the Power to Transcend: A Guest Post by Carolyn Astfalk

      Sometimes we recognize beauty on sight. Where beauty exists in the natural world, it’s often easily discernible. Other times, we have to dig to see the beauty or observe from a different perspective to grasp its intricacy or totality. Whether we readily recognize beauty or not, its creation isn’t a slapdash affair. It can be a complicated, messy process that requires deliberate planning, execution, and revision. However difficult it may be to infuse our art with beauty, it is critical to its acceptance and appreciation. Truth and beauty create transcendence, and it’s transcendence that resonates with readers. Beauty, in its universality, becomes personalist. “In so far as it seeks…

  • Beautiful Words,  Craft

    Five Lessons For Prose Writers From Poetry: A Guest Post by Elizabeth Buege

    I’m a wordaholic. I love to work with words in as many different ways as possible, so right now, I’m a writing teacher, a freelance editor, and a writer. For all that I’m hooked on words, though, I’m definitely not is a poet. I read poetry, but I can’t find the patience to write my own. Still, the poems I’ve read have taught me valuable things that I now apply to my prose (as well as that of my students and authors). The following rules come from poetry, but the principles are universal. Whatever you love to write, they still apply. Here are the top five writing lessons I’ve learned…

  • Beautiful Words,  Creativity

    A Melody of Beautiful Words: A Guest Post by Amalie Cantor

      Music and the Art of Writing Before I embraced the mantle of “writer,” I spent two years in graduate school studying to become a professor of music theory. For those who may not know, music theorists take apart musical structures and analyze them as you might a work of literature. After years of searching, I thought I had finally found the perfect career path. My love of music always intertwined with my love for language. To me, music’s notes and rhythms were letters and words of a tongue I longed to better understand. But, as Victor Hugo once wrote, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which…

  • Beautiful Words,  Creativity,  Observation

    Becoming A 10 Minute Poet: A Guest Post by Sherry Howard

    Greetings 10MinuteNovelists!      It’s time to become a 10MinutePoet. All writers are poets. When we write our prose, we search for just the right word, often searching days for the right form of a verb, or the perfect iteration of a concept. I realized that I already had poetry in me a year ago when I first explored The University of Iowa’s MOOC on poetry for the first time. I’d enjoyed their fiction writing class so much that I decided to jump into the poetry as well. (Archives have a post on the fiction writing class.) The very skills that serve us so well as fiction writers enhance our…

  • Beautiful Words,  Creativity,  Genre

    Creating Beautiful Words — Scifaiku! A Guest Post By Wendy Van Camp

    One Friday afternoon, I was sitting on a bench at a local science fiction convention with little to do for the next few hours.  I learned that there was to be a workshop on how to write scifaiku poetry. I had never heard of scifaiku before and was intrigued by the idea. I ended up attending the seminar and this decision changed my direction in writing. As it turned out, I was the only student at the workshop along with a couple of magazine editors that published this form of poetry.  The instructor taught how to brainstorm ideas for your poems and the elements that were needed for scifaiku.  I…

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    Polishing Your Beach Rocks: All Beautiful Words Start Out Plain — A Guest Post By Christine Hennebury

    ‘Comparison is the thief of joy.’ – Theodore Roosevelt Have you ever read someone else’s work and been struck by the sheer beauty of their words? Did you then turn to your own work in despair because it could never match what the other writer had produced? Did the comparison take the joy out of your writing for you?  Anne Lamott, one of the great philosophers of our time, often warns us against comparing our insides to other people’s outsides.  She’s usually speaking in a more general sense of personal well-being but it applies to our writing as well.  When we compare our messy drafts with someone else’s published work,…

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Beautiful Words,  Inspiration

    #Top10Tuesday Top 10 Links That Highlight Beautiful & Unusual Words

    1. Buzzfeed’s Beautiful Words: 51 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences in literature. I found them very inspiring. 2. From Sliptalk. They call it, “These 33 One-Sentence Quotes Will Blow Your Mind Every Time. Especially The 8th One.” That’s a bit of an overstatement, but they are nice and noble and short! (That can’t be said about the ads!) 3. Untranslatable Words. This is a beautiful collection of words from other cultures that can’t be translated into English. I love the illustrations and I also like thinking of the imagination that came up for the need for these words. I also want to put them in my every day use right now.…