Category Archives: 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 … Continue reading Finding Time to Write (With Toddlers in Tow)

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 … Continue reading Eleven Truths I Learn When I Delegate Responsibility

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

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 … Continue reading Top 10 Ways To Love Yourself When You’re Sick

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

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

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

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

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

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, … Continue reading How To Write In 10 Minute Increments The Messy Way

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

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

How I Write: The Image, The Reality, and The Twitter Jokes

  This morning I woke up with a backache. I decided I would postpone the start of my day until after I felt better. So, what do you do with a little extra time on your hands? You hang out on Twitter! What luck! #HowIWrite was trending! I enjoyed very much reading suggestions from writers … Continue reading How I Write: The Image, The Reality, and The Twitter Jokes

Why I Write: A Guest Post By Carolyn Astfalk

I only recently pondered why I write. I simply knew that I had to write, so I did. My love affair with the written word started with clumsily-illustrated stories and spelling bees and grew to student newspapers in grade school, high school, and college. My affection for pen and ink led me to try my hand at calligraphy. During summer visits, I … Continue reading Why I Write: A Guest Post By Carolyn Astfalk