Category Archives: Creativity

16 Simple Things To Do To Be More Creative

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 … Continue reading 16 Simple Things To Do To Be More Creative

What’s So Bad About the Advice, “Write What You Know”?

What’s so problematic about “write what you know?” I swear, sometimes in writing circles, these are fighting words. Mark Twain famously gave this advice. And in the context of who he was (um, very famous for his fictionalized accounts of his boyhood on the Mississippi River) and the time period in which he lived (yeah, … Continue reading What’s So Bad About the Advice, “Write What You Know”?

The Weekly Apples to Apples Drabble Contest! You Can Win!

This is the place for a weekly flash fiction contest! The Apples To Apples Drabble!    The Rules:  Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100 word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. … Continue reading The Weekly Apples to Apples Drabble Contest! You Can Win!

The Weekly Apple to Apples Drabble! Submit Your Entry Below!

This is the place for a weekly flash fiction contest! The Apples To Apples Drabble!  The Rules:  Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100 word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. Include … Continue reading The Weekly Apple to Apples Drabble! Submit Your Entry Below!

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, … Continue reading Description: Six Ways To Tone It Down And Make Your Story Stronger

The Weekly Apple to Apples Drabble! Submit Your Entry Below!

This is the place for a weekly flash fiction contest! The Apples To Apples Drabble!  The Rules:  Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100 word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. Include … Continue reading The Weekly Apple to Apples Drabble! Submit Your Entry Below!

How Storytelling Makes Me A Stronger Writer

By Christine Hennebury, 10 Minute Novelist              Once upon a time, there was a writer who was invited to host a storytelling circle. She knew that she couldn’t bring any of her written work to read aloud, instead she was going to have to combine her writing and acting skills with her love of reading … Continue reading How Storytelling Makes Me A Stronger Writer

Apples to Apples Drabble! A Weekly Flash Fiction Contest! Submit Your Entry!

This is the place for a weekly flash fiction contest! The Apples To Apples Drabble!    The Rules:  Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100 word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. … Continue reading Apples to Apples Drabble! A Weekly Flash Fiction Contest! Submit Your Entry!

Top 10 Ways To Describe An Object In Your Novel And Why It Matters

It’s pity that I don’t hold murder weapons on my desk. If I did, I could describe them and stick them in my work-in-progress. This is what I do have: I have a cobalt glass heart that I use as a paperweight. My husband’s cousin, Robin gave it to me. It’s been over 15 years … Continue reading Top 10 Ways To Describe An Object In Your Novel And Why It Matters

Top 10 Emergency Writing Prompts (And Photos) To Help You Through Nanowrimo

We’re in week 3 of Nanowrimo and if we’re really honest, it’s been a rough month. You may have had moments of frenzy, of fatigue, of despair. And you still have several days to go! Your purpose in Nanowrimo is to just get the raw material of a story. You don’t have to create a … Continue reading Top 10 Emergency Writing Prompts (And Photos) To Help You Through Nanowrimo

Top 10 Ways To Prepare For National Novel Writing Month

by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist National Novel Writing Month is an international event where, in the month of November, writers from all over the world attempt to put down 50,000 words of a story in thirty days. Ideally, these 50,000 words are all coherent, have a great plot, have full, 3-dimensional characters, and the … Continue reading Top 10 Ways To Prepare For National Novel Writing Month

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, … Continue reading Top 10 Ways To Make Your Words More Beautiful

Top 10 Things You Can Do When You Are Stuck, Either Literally or Figuratively

  You’re stuck. This post is exactly what you need, assuming you’re not so stuck that you can’t read a screen. If you’re stuck figuratively in the writing of your novel and you need a clue on what to do next, this list is for you. If you are stuck literally: you have gum in … Continue reading Top 10 Things You Can Do When You Are Stuck, Either Literally or Figuratively