Category Archives: Self Talk

Five Awful Things My Work-In-Progress Says To Me And What I Say Back

I have a work-in-progress and I think it hates me. Every day I sit down with this project, set my timer, turn on the music, spend way too much time thinking about font, size, and color, and then work at least an hour. When I sit down with it, I feel it come alive. It … Continue reading Five Awful Things My Work-In-Progress Says To Me And What I Say Back

Living With My Old Friend Laziness

I hate laziness. And yet it’s an old friend of mine.   Lazy slouches in the corner and asks me to go get it a drink.  It sneaks out of simple requests, claiming that it’s just too tired. It claims that everything will get done, but when the inspiration hits, or when that condition is just … Continue reading Living With My Old Friend Laziness

Wasting Time: Seven Hard Questions To Ask Yourself

  “Don’t waste your time chasing things that will never be beneficial to your future.” ― April Mae Monterrosa Are you wasting your time? Now that you are safely nestled into the routine of a New Year, it’s time to be honest about how you’d like this untouched calendar to be filled. You may have … Continue reading Wasting Time: Seven Hard Questions To Ask Yourself

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 Things You Should Be Saying To Yourself That Will Help Make You More Successful

By Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist I believe we can accomplish great things if we get our thought life under control. Good thoughts produce good habits. Good habits produce good patterns. Good patterns help us grow in discipline, which makes us more confident, which allows us to succeed.  I strongly encourage you, as you are … Continue reading Top 10 Things You Should Be Saying To Yourself That Will Help Make You More Successful

Top 10 Great Things That Happened When I Stopped Complaining

by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist Sometimes, the world really is insufficient, faulty or stupid. But sometimes it’s just better not to notice.  A few years ago, after a particularly difficult time in my life, I challenged myself to watch what I said and to stop complaining. I thought that by stopping the bad attitude … Continue reading Top 10 Great Things That Happened When I Stopped Complaining

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 Effective Ways I Deal With My Evil Inner Critic

by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist In my writing life, my inner critic is the single greatest threat to my success. My inner critic blames me for things that go wrong. My inner critic calls me names like stupid and loser. My inner critic compares me to others and finds me wanting. My inner critic … Continue reading Top 10 Effective Ways I Deal With My Evil Inner Critic

Top 10 Ways To Get Your Readers To Fall In Love With You

According to an interesting article on WikiHow, “How To Fall In Love” you can find yourself in a satisfying relationship in a few not-so-easy steps.  I’d like to suggest that authors follow their advice to be “in love” with their readers. And hopefully, readers will fall in love with them too! Boost Your Self-Esteem. For those … Continue reading Top 10 Ways To Get Your Readers To Fall In Love With You

Top 10 Ways To Respect Your Art As A Writer by Katharine Grubb

Thank you, Internet!  Because of you, I have to do so little work to expose myself and my family to the works of the world’s greatest artists. Gone are the days when we have to pay for parking at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Now, all we have to do is click the mouse a … Continue reading Top 10 Ways To Respect Your Art As A Writer by Katharine Grubb

Top Ten Things You Could Be Saying To Yourself That Will Guarantee Your Failure As A Writer by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

I spend DECADES of my life saying negative things to myself. Slowly, I’m addressing them one by one, changing what I say and taking positive steps (like NOT buying a box of donuts to eat in one sitting) to make my life better and my soul happier. Below I have a list of the top … Continue reading Top Ten Things You Could Be Saying To Yourself That Will Guarantee Your Failure As A Writer by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

Top Ten Ways To Deal With Writer’s Block by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

Have you fought with writer’s block? It sucks, doesn’t it? Writer’s block is that state when there seems to be no inspiration. Writer’s block is when you wrestle back and forth in your confidence to create and still come up with nothing. Writer’s block is the realization that you have no ideas. Writer’s block is … Continue reading Top Ten Ways To Deal With Writer’s Block by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

10 Destructive, Cowardly Lies I Had To Discard So I Could Become A Writer

This is one of my favorite blog posts. I’m bringing it back from 2014 because I think we could all use a fresh reminder!  We don’t get in this business to be comfortable. We get in this business because the drive to create is bigger than the drive to be accepted. It takes guts and … Continue reading 10 Destructive, Cowardly Lies I Had To Discard So I Could Become A Writer