• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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    Craft,  Creativity,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Organization,  Self Talk

    Celebrate Writing: An Inventory of the Good Stuff

    by Christine Hennebury A lot of my columns here on 10MN have been about ways you can tweak or improve your writing experience to make it a little easier on yourself. Today, I would like you to take a moment to celebrate the things that are already good about your writing experiences. You might even want to grab a notebook so you can make a chart or a list or a drawing so you can come back to it when you feel a bit cranky about your writing. Let’s start in a really general way.     1) What draws you to write? Many writers talk about a compulsion to…

  • Discipline,  Organization,  Time Management,  Uncategorized

    Burst That Bubble: Grounding Your Expectations In Reality

      by Christine Hennebury Do you base your writing expectations on work habits or on your dreams?   I’m sure most of us hope that our books or stories will become immensely popular and provide riches beyond measure. I’m not going to burst that bubble for you. (Who am I to say if that can happen for you?)   The dream bubble I want to burst is the one that keeps you floating just long enough before it dumps you in the zone of discouragement.   You know the one that I mean. It’s the dream of writing 10,000 words a week when you can only fit in one thirty…

  • Discipline,  Organization,  Time Management

    Writing Goals and How to Reach Them

    by Christine Hennebury Writing goals can be useful ways of challenging ourselves and getting our work done.  However, words do not write themselves, you need a system. I used to think that just setting the goal was enough, that I would be magically pulled toward it.  If I decided that I was going to write 15,000 words in a month,  I didn’t do any of the other work involved, I really just hoped for the best. It didn’t work, of course. I had to learn to develop a good system for myself.   First, I had to break my big goal into manageable bits – a daily/weekly amount. Then, I had…

  • Organization

    Quick Decisive Moves That Will Help You Get Organized

      In her book, Organize Your Life and More, Christina Scalise said, “Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination.”  I totally agree with this. I think that to be organized, one should make decisions, sometimes quickly. Sometimes painfully. To get rid of your clutter, or to get more organized, I suggest you take one of these ten actions. Okay, so organizational tips don’t have anything to with writing directly. But we are more than just writers, we are parents, employees, adult children and citizens. Staying organized is good for us. Here are 10 decisive moves that will help you get organized: Make a decision. START The act of…

  • Craft,  Organization

    Ten Questions To Ask Before Writing An Interesting Scene

    In a novel, what is a scene? A scene is a small increment of the story that progresses the story forward. A novel is full of them. And while this may seem obvious, they ain’t easy to write. Have you written a scene and not known where to start? Ask yourself these ten questions! The purpose of a scene is to put the characters in a new situation in which they are either pushed toward or pulled away from their objectives. Your scenes are the necessary steps that the characters take for the advancement of the story. Your characters could be in the scene deliberately, say Betty and Veronica arrived…

  • Community,  Organization,  Time Management

    How To Fit Writing Into Your Time-Crunched Life

    We’re all time-crunched. Fitting writing in is a huge challenge. If you’re time-crunched you’ll find writing is a tough fit. To write, you squeeze in a few minutes here or there. You may lug your laptop around everywhere you go, or you may have a notebook and a favorite pen in your bag, ready to go at a moments notice. Or you may even have voice to text software and you’re not afraid to look a little silly speaking into your phone when inspiration hits. You are a 10 minute novelist and you are writing the best you can. Or are you? Maybe you’re not. Maybe you believe the best…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Discipline,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Organization

    Top 10 Tricky Things You May Have To Do In Order To Achieve Your Goals

    We can’t be the writer we want to be if we keep doing the things we’ve always done. This is the time self-involved, sensitive writing types, think about how we can make this upcoming year the best ever. Especially if we are participating in Nanowrimo. This is an exciting time of year and it’s also kind of scary. We’re going to have to make some changes. Sigh. This week’s list is the Top Ten Tricky Things You May Have To Do In Order To Achieve Your Goals. 1. You may have to say no to the expectations of others. This is tricky because in the past you may have said…

  • Organization,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day

    Top 10 Things I Do On A Daily Basis That Make Me More Productive by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

    I am NOT perfect. I make a LOT of mistakes, but one of the biggest things I did right was decide that I would make time for my dreams. (I wrote a book about it too! Look over there on the right!)  I realized that if I was going to actually write in 10 minute increments, I would have to organize my life. Now, I’ve been doing this 10 Minute Writer/Novelists gig for nine years, so I’ve streamlined my procedures pretty well (and THANK GOD, my kids are older!) But I still have 10 Things I think about on a daily basis that makes my organization and productivity possible.  …

  • Community,  Discipline,  Organization,  Time Management

    Practical Ways To Find Extra 10 Minutes To Make Your Dreams Come True

    I get asked often what my Twitter handle, @10MinNovelist means. If I’m feeling generous, I say, “it means I have to write in the smallest bits of time that I can.” If I’m feeling a bit snarky, I say, “it means I have five children who like to eat and have clean clothes.” I call myself @10MinNovelist because I’ve decided my writing dreams were worth finding time for. I think it’s possible for the busiest of people to carve out a little time daily to do something they love — it just takes vision, creative use of time and space, and discipline, but it can be done.  Want to join…

  • Organization,  Perils of a Mom Writer

    How My To-Do List is Often Like a Misbehaving Toddler (And What I Can Do About It!)

    My to-do list is long. It taunts me. As soon as I cross something off, three more things jump on. The battle I have with my to-do list is like chasing a naked, hungry, willful toddler through the house. I yell and reach. I grab and contain. I wipe, dust, clothe, scold and hug and yet there are more things to do. My list is ever demanding, ever whining, ever messy.  I asked for this. I asked for the expanding boundaries and the places of influence. I asked for the blessings and abundance. (And it comes with more responsibility and more tasks?) I asked for more people in my life…

  • Nanowrimo,  Organization,  Uncategorized,  Work-In-Progress

    I DID IT! I’M A NANO WINNER! (Now, What My Project Is, And What It Is Not!)

    I did it! Despite going away for a week, having no plan, no outline and no idea what I was doing, I put in the necessary 50,000 words required for National Novel Writing Month. So, I won! I’m a winner! WOO-HOO! Now before I get too excited, I need to realize that word count alone doth not a novel make. Oh my. No. So this little blog entry is to explain what my particular messy 50K word work-in-progress is and is not. What It is: A long brain spew. This isn’t a bad thing. I really believe that the best books resemble icebergs. What is read in the published form is only the tip. This is a critical part…