• Craft,  Creativity,  Discipline,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  Self Talk,  Time Management

    Flicking the Switch: Activate Writer Mode!

    by Christine Hennebury Thanks to Katharine’s terrific example, we all know that 10 minutes a day is enough to keep your creative life chirping along. But do you find it a challenge to make good use of that short period of time? Do you find it hard to stop your regular life and activate your writer mode? When my kids were small, I really struggled with that transition. I had lots of ideas but even when I had *time* to write, I couldn’t get much on the page.  And now, even though my kids are teenagers, I still sometimes have trouble switching into writing mode.  I know that Katharine has…

  • Perils of a Mom Writer,  Time Management

    How Delegation Makes You A More Organized Writer

    by Katharine Grubb When my two older daughters were very small, they asked me to play with them. I agreed. We were playing”house” after all, and I knew this game. Or at least I thought I did. “I’m the Mommy,” my 4-year-old daughter said.”Miranda is the Daddy.” She pointed to her 3-year-old sister. “Who will I be?” I asked. “You can be the maid.” Did they demonstrate they understood the concept of delegating responsibility or were they just typecasting me? Okay, so my family, at least my small children, are used to seeing me do much of work in our house. Your family has probably been used to you working…

  • Perils of a Mom Writer

    Finding Time to Write (With Toddlers in Tow)

    By Emily Schneider There’s a scene in Sister Act 2 where Whoopi Goldberg confronts a young teenage girl about joining her school’s choir. She describes the book “Letters to a Young Poet” as follows: “A fellow used to write to him and say: ‘I want to be a writer. Please read my stuff.’ And Rilke says to this guy: ‘Don’t ask me about being a writer. lf when you wake up in the morning you can think of nothing but writing…then you’re a writer.’ ” Writing requires energy. It requires strength of mind. It requires emotional fortitude. Most of all, it requires your heart. If your heart’s not in it,…

  • Community,  Discipline,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  Uncategorized

    Eleven Truths I Learn When I Delegate Responsibility

    If I didn’t delegate my household chores, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do. To delegate responsibility means to give a task to someone else. In a way, by allowing someone else to do something, you’ve doubled your efficiency. (I have five kids. This means I can do a lot more than double mine!) To delegate means more than just getting more work done. Delegating also brings people closer. I’ve been surprised at how much I’ve learned since I’ve chosen to delegate my household tasks. Here are a few: Trust builds relationships. When you hand off a job, and allow someone to work for you, you’re saying, “I…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Discipline,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  Self Talk

    Top 10 Ways To Beat Insecurity (At Least Temporarily!)

    We are insecure for a lot of reasons. We’re insecure because we probably have artistic temperaments that makes us feel deeply. We overthink and over analyze. We find it’s easier to dwell on what it negative in our life rather than what is positive. We may have lived in environments in which confidence and boldness was discouraged and despair was fertilized with lies and fear. We may lack skills. We may fear failure. We may long for approval and we know it’s hard to achieve it anywhere, much less in this field. We’ve been burned before. The last person who read our work was mean or hateful or didn’t get…

  • Perils of a Mom Writer,  Self Talk

    Top 10 Ways To Love Yourself When You’re Sick

    by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist You know when you’re playing Wii Golf and you hit the ball way to hard? That was the noise I heard in my ear whenever I blew my nose. I didn’t have the flu, a sinus infection, an ear infection or bronchitis.  I didn’t have the fever to warrant antibiotics and I didn’t have enough symptoms to make even a trip to the ER worth it. I knew they’d say, “yup, your ears are stuffed up”.  I knew that the treatment would be a combination of Mucinex and Benadryl and Motrin for pain and rest. Lots of fluids. This stupid virus was interfering with my…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  #MondayBlogs,  Marketing,  Perils of a Mom Writer

    Top 10 Ways Good Marketing Is Like Good Parenting by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist and Mother of Five

      Becoming an author is like becoming a parent.  The writing of the book, was the pregnancy. You conceived the idea in a romantic, intimate moment. You developed it secretly in the dark. You wrote while stuffing your face with all kinds of snacks. You tried to explain your characters and your plot to others and they just didn’t understand. And the length of the ms got bigger and bigger. And you wondered will I ever get this done? Will I be waiting for the arrival forever?  And the big day comes! You get your little bundle of joy from Createspace or some other expert labor and delivery establishment! You count all of…

  • Community,  Interviews With Authors,  Perils of a Mom Writer

    Top 10 Signs That You May Be A 10 Minute Novelist by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

    Are Your Big Writing Dreams Worth Finding the Time? Writing a novel takes hard work. It takes order. It takes discipline and planning. It takes courage and determination and tenacity. Anyone can do it, even if they have only ten minutes a day. (How do I know this? I wrote a novel in ten minute increments. Hence the name of this blog!) Sometimes we think that we also need long, uninterrupted hours, an isolated cabin in the woods, a whiskey habit and a carton of Marlboros to be a writer too. But we don’t. Sometimes we need to stop thinking about how much different our life is from the idealized writer life is…

  • 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.  …

  • Creativity,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  Writing Prompt

    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 your hair, you’re dealing with Super Glue or you’ve driven into a ditch, I can help you there too. I’ve got all kinds of unstuck solutions for you below. Why do this? Because bouncing back and forth between the literal and the figurative isn’t the least bit weird.    Figurative Stuck Tip #1: Go back…

  • Craft,  Creativity,  Perils of a Mom Writer

    Top 10 Questions To Ask About Authority Figures That Could Beef Up Your Conflict by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

    I may know a thing or two about conflict: I have three teenagers. Conflict is really great in stories, it raises the stakes, it drives characters and it makes the story more interesting. In life, I could do without it. I’m the mom, so I have something besides gray hair and tax files that my kids don’t have: I have authority. I have more power, more wisdom, more responsibility and more invested in them than they do. (Note: I didn’t say more money. They have more money than I do.) A regular source of our conflict is them lamenting the fact that they have less. And they want more. It’s…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  Time Management

    How To Write In 10 Minute Increments The Messy Way

    My timer and I have a love/hate relationship.  Ever since I started calling myself the 10 Minute Writer, back in 2006, I’ve realized that either I’m racing against the timer, or the timer haunts me for my lack of skill and speed.  During the first minute, it’s like priming the pump, I just write words, any kind of words. During the second minute I may think of a metaphor and I get it down quickly. The third minute could be a silly stretch of the metaphor (I always want to stretch my metaphors as far as they can go). And my fourth minute is the second guessing of that metaphor…

  • 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…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  Uncategorized

    Top Ten Things To Do If You Feel Burned Out As A Writer

    My 2015 was full. I released three books. I spoke two times. I attended four live book selling events. I launched a podcast. I was featured on three other podcasts. I wrote more than 365,000 words (that averaged 1000 words a day).  I was successful in Nanowrimo, writing my 50,000 words. I launched my weekly encouraging newsletter. I also took on a part-time job as a homeschooling tutor. I did all this while maintaining my household, hosting two chats a week, homeschooling my five kids and baking my bread from scratch. This all looks very impressive until you pull the curtain back and see the truth: I was a nervous…