• #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…

  • Inspiration,  Perils of a Mom 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 all over the world on the specifics of their process.   You know, the hows of our writing is similar. We all sit with keyboards (a few with notebooks), we all daydream, we all fiddle with music and other ambient issues, we all drink ungodly amounts of coffee or tea and we all work at this.…

  • #WhyIWrite,  Perils of a Mom Writer

    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 sat spellbound as my aunt, my mother’s only sister, analyzed my handwriting as well as written samples from my family members, friends, and teachers. My penchant for fiction grew out of Nancy Drew speed reading competitions with my best friend and blossomed into the memorization of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders and my love for Margaret Mitchell’s…

  • Perils of a Mom Writer,  Self Talk,  What 10 Minute Novelists Means To Me

    What It Means To Be A 10 Minute Novelist

    A 10 Minute Novelist is a time-crunched writer with big, big dreams. I’ve been a 10 Minute Novelist for nine years now. Despite having five children, homeschooling, baking my own bread and doing ridiculous amounts of laundry, I know what being a 10 Minute Novelist means.  You Don’t Have High Expectations If you had high expectations, then you’d be in a cabin in the woods or have hours to yourself or even a locked door. Nope. You’re a 10 Minute Novelist. That means that you get what writing time you can, when you can.   Your Daily Results Are Messy  While you try to keep the story straight with all…

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  Time Management,  Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day

    #Top10Tuesday Top Ten Things I Think About Daily That Make Me Productive

    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!)  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. 1. I know where everything is.  I…

  • Author Profile,  Community,  Inspiration,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  What 10 Minute Novelists Means To Me

    What 10 Minute Novelists Means To Me A Guest Post By Carolyn Astfalk

    A year ago, I had four children ten and under, including a barely one-year-old and his two-year-old sister. Since late 2010, I had written three novels, all of which were “complete,” or so I thought at the time. Writing time was—and is—whenever I can grab it amid diaper changes, snacks, reading board books, sorting laundry, and all the mundane but necessary details of maintaining a household and caring for young children. Throw in some volunteer activities, and, yes, my husband, and whatever minutes I could cobble together for an uninterrupted task did not add up to much. In other words, I could have been the poster child for 10 Minute…

  • Discipline,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  Time Management

    How Your Wasted Time is Like An Overpriced Latte From A Designer Coffeeshop

      Ever since I decided to find 10 minute increments here and there to write, I’ve started viewing the time in my day differently. Now, I compare wasted time to a designer coffee that I might buy daily without thinking about it. I’d like to suggest that in the area of time management, conscientious writers need to consider the latte factor. I did not coin the term Latte Factor. It was, however coined by financial guru David Bach,In his book, The Automatic Millionaire. In his book, he claims that consumers spend little bits of money here an there, say, buying daily designer drinks. He claims, and rightfully I think, that these little bits add…

  • Organization,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  Time Management

    The Writers’ Guide To Time Thieves A Guest Post by Elaine Bayless

    As 10 Minute Novelists, we live life in the margins. Ten minutes here, ten minutes there, a few word sprints, and boom we have a novel! So it makes sense that we would be excellent managers of time, right? Ah yes, I can hear some of you laughing right now. Managing time is like nailing Jell-o to a wall. And to complicate matters further, we must contend with Time Thieves. What are time thieves? Those sneaky critters that sneak into our daily calendar and steal away our precious 10 minute writing increments! Fortunately, you don’t have to be a victim. Here are four of the most common time thieves and…

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Motivation,  Perils of a Mom Writer

    #Top10Tuesday Top 10 Reasons Why You Are Not A Special Snowflake

    You’re a writer! Isn’t it awesome! You have this unbelievable power to turn words into ideas and ideas into stories and then stories into amazing fandoms! Not yet? Oh, it’s coming! You will because you are so gosh darn talented!  Yes, you can put words together as ideas and you can sculpt ideas into stories. But I hate to break it to you, sweetheart, just because you are a writer, doesn’t mean you’re great. It doesn’t even mean you’re good. Do you guys remember William Hung? He was a singer, and by that I mean he sang. But that didn’t make him special, worthy of applause or certainly not Simon Cowell’s attention. Sadly, there are…

  • Perils of a Mom Writer,  Time Management

    Write with the Family – How We Worked as a Team to Create Mystery Rock A Guest Post by Kathryn Lang

    Writing can be one of the loneliest professions. The idea passed around so many conferences and came from so many experts, that I started to believe it. I assumed I had to be doing something wrong. I write in the middle of chaos on good days. On the bad days, I squeeze out words while fighting back the storms. I am a full-time writer, radio talk show host, home school mom, and active social media stalker. I have a lot of plates in the air that take me to events, throw me in the middle of lunches, and basically provide little time alone. I tried the isolation path. I sat…

  • Perils of a Mom Writer,  Time Management

    Lost But Not Afraid A Guest Post By Writer Keisha Page

      Something happens to a woman when she turns forty. I’m sure things happen to men, too, but since I’m not a man I can’t really speak to that. Turning forty didn’t freak me out or send me into this existential crisis that I halfway expected. I had heard things, you see. I had been working for a few years as a freelance writer, but unable to really justify the time spent writing, because, in the end, it might not make me any money. I felt like I needed to be spending my efforts either on earning a paycheck or with my family. Freelancing is a fickle business, and it’s…

  • Craft,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  Time Management

    The Routines and Research of a 10-Minute Novelist by Guest Blogger Carre Gardner

    Today was a writing day. Not every day is, I’ll confess. I know this is bad writerly practice. All the best authors say you ought to, must sit down at the same time every morning, and not get up until you’ve produced 500, 1,000, 1,500 words. I would so love to have that kind of life. But I am a 10-minute Novelist. And between 12-hour shifts at the hospital, a house with 4 stories of living space to keep clean-ish, 3 teenagers, 2 needy dogs, and 1 husband—all of whom expect to eat actual food on a regular basis—I can’t always carve out time to sit down and write 1,000…

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

    You Could Shoot For The Moon, Or You Could Try Just Getting Out of Bed (Why Having Low Expectations Isn’t A Such A Bad Strategy)

     This post is for you if you have any of the following: 1) A schedule that is so busy that you barely have time to go to the bathroom. 2) A belief that the only way to accomplish writing goals is to have hours and hours of uninterrupted time to yourself. 3) A vision that real writers have offices with lockable doors or lonely cabins in the woods or private islands or other extreme work space.  I’d like to suggest that while you may be busy, you can still accomplish much in very small increments of time, even if it means working at your kitchen table. I also believe that…