• 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…

  • 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…

  • Discipline,  Self Talk,  Time Management

    Knowledge is Power – Things to Know BEFORE You Set a Goal

    by Christine Hennebury When some people decide to undertake a project, they automatically adjust their lives and expectations to match the project’s needs. They intuitively understand how much time their work will take, and they add it into their work days. For the rest of us, we have to consciously choose to make those adjustments in order to get our work done. I used to really struggle with reaching my writing goals. I could lay it all out on paper, even in a SMART goal fashion, but no matter how specific I got, I still didn’t do the work. Over time, I realized that while I had concrete and detailed…

  • 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…

  • Discipline,  Time Management

    What To Do When the Timer Dings? A New Practical Guide

    What do you do when the timer dings? Here’s help for 10 Minute Novelists everywhere! If there is a sequel to Write A Novel in Ten Minutes A Day, this is it!   If you write (or paint, or read, or crochet, or watch television) in 10-minute increments, then you know what will happen. The timer is going to ding after 10 minutes and you’ll have to go back to your to-do lists and your reality. But if your tasks are overwhelming, your stuff is in the way or you’ve forgotten your plan then you’ve lost your motivation to do what you really want with your time. This book gives…

  • Time Management

    How to Get Up Early to Write (7 Tips From a Former Night Owl)

    by AprIl Davila Get up early? I started getting up early to write when I was working full time and my kids were little. I didn’t want to do it, but I absolutely could not find any other time to write. As a die-hard night owl, the adjustment was rough. I’m not gonna lie. It took me about eighteen months to settle in, but that was because I went about it all wrong. Here are seven things I wish I had known when I started: 1. You don’t have to be a morning person. I was absolutely NOT a morning person when I started. It was painful, no question about…

  • Time Management,  Uncategorized

    How To Handle Other Commitments As A 10 Minute Novelist

    By definition, if you are a 10-minute novelist, then you are time-crunched. You have commitments to your job, your family, and your social life. Because you are a 10-Minute Novelist, you have to find pockets of time here and there to get those words down. But even with all the best intentions, it’s hard to do this. Take stock of where each second of your day goes. You may have time leaks. If you do, look at this blog post on how to plug them. If you’re really serious about making the most of your time, you need to track it. This isn’t any different that tracking finances if you are…

  • Time Management,  What 10 Minute Novelists Means To Me,  Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day

    Eight Things I Learned From Writing In 10-Minute Increments

    I became a 10-minute novelist out of necessity.  Years ago when I had five kids under eight years old, I decided that it was time for me to pursue my writing dreams. I don’t know what I was thinking. I’m going to assume that it was the sleep deprivation that made me think this was possible. The more I thought about it, the more I believed I could do it. First of all, because I was a mother, I was used to the game of inches. I knew that a little bit every day makes things happen. This was true because my children outgrew their clothes. I knew this because…

  • 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…

  • Nanowrimo,  Reading,  Time Management,  Uncategorized

    Top 10 Ways You Can Conquer Nanowrimo Like War & Peace

    by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist We’re just a few days in to National Novel Writing Month and it can feel like you’ve decided to read a Russian novel. Last spring, I read War and Peace for reasons that I can’t quite remember. I think I wanted to add to my literary experiences. I think that I had seen on too many lists that it was one of the greatest novels ever written. And I also think that somehow my 21st century American sensibilities would totally identify with the plight of rich, idle Russian aristocrats who kinda hate the French. But, oh my, that book was 1300+ pages long. I was committed to finish and I…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Discipline,  Time Management

    Top 10 Things You Can Ask Yourself If You’re Looking For Extra Time To Write by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

    Ever since I decided to find 10 minute increments here and there to write, I’ve viewed 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, Bach 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 up. Wise consumers…

  • Marketing,  Social Media,  Time Management

    Making Your Author Platform Work for You — A Guest Post by Rachelle M. N. Shaw

    By Rachelle M. N. Shaw In such a highly competitive world of publishing, it’s no surprise that author platforms have taken center stage and become the foundation for any writer’s success. But who has time to keep up with all the Tweets, Pins, and Instagram posts needed to do so? The truth is, successful authors don’t. They pick the top few social media sites that fit their style and their audience, and they roll with it. What an Author Platform Should Do Provide original content fitting of your audience through a well-designed blog or website Become a place where you regularly engage with your followers; this doesn’t mean you sit…

  • 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…