The Value of a Good Book


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During a recent conversation, a few author friends were grumbling about how hard it is to sell books. Readers ask us all the time to put our books on sale or to give them away for free. And there are people who simply can’t afford a full price book, but the majority of people can. […]

December 8, 2017

Holiday Writing: Plan for Success


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by Christine Hennebury (Note: While there are many, many holidays being celebrated world-wide at this time of year, I realize that some of us aren’t celebrating, it’s just the end of another year. However, no matter what is going on, December seems like a hectic month for most people. This post mentions holidays but the […]

December 6, 2017

Top 10 Signs You’ve Given TMI & Need to Cut The Dickens Out Of Your Backstory by Katharine Grubb 10 Minute Novelist


Charles Dickens, Craft, Discipline, Revising and Editing, Uncategorized

You are not Charles Dickens. As much as you may want  to be Victorian, champion for the London’s most needy, and father 10 children, that doesn’t give you the right to overwrite your novels. That is, if you intention is to sell them in today’s market, you may want to reconsider how much backstory you have […]

December 4, 2017

NaNoWriMo-The Three Week Slump


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The week three slump! How to keep going when all you want to do is quit. So, you’ve got stuck and don’t know how to keep going to the end? Well, if you’ve come this far you better keep going. You can make it. Unless this is your first NaNoWriMo ever and you just decided […]

November 22, 2017

Benefits of Writing With Constraints


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By Sherry Howard Don’t get it twisted. Writing with constraints isn’t the same as writing in restraints. All writers deal with constraints. Writing for a blog post? You have an optimal length, a certain expectation for civility—unless you’re Chuck Wendig. Making a submission to a magazine? You’ll likely have a theme to fit into, either […]

November 13, 2017

365 Writing Club-Daily Writing Challenge


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365 Writing Club is a free subgroup of 10 Minute Novelists that challenges writers to write DAILY and it will change your writing life.  Don’t believe me here are just a few of the comments from current members. “For years, I tried to build a daily writing habit. This group gave me the freedom to […]

November 10, 2017

Procrastination Queen-Laying Down My Crown


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That’s me, Queen of Procrastination. Sadly I wear the crown proudly most of the time. I know all the tricks to not have time to write, yeah you read right, to NOT write. Sounds like a chore, right? For me it feels like a chore, and I don’t like to do chores. Every time I […]

October 25, 2017

Social Media Etiquette-Manners Matter


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Today I am going to talk to you about something that you may, or may not, have already had to deal with—social media etiquette. As a writer who is either already in the public arena, or who wishes to be, social media etiquette is going to be extremely important. Why social media etiquette matters… I’m […]

October 23, 2017

Panning for Gold-Finding Your Best Ideas


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Ideas are a dime a dozen for us creative types. Often they come in the most inopportune moments or lead us on bunny trails mid-scene. And yet, when we go to decide what happens in the next scene, we often find our brains zone in on the obvious or worse go blank. Finding our best […]

October 13, 2017

Theme, or What are you REALLY saying?


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Theme, Symbol and Motif – Taking your writing deeper A three part series on creating depth and cohesion in your story Part 1: Theme, or What are you REALLY saying? by JGM Daw Ask three writers about Theme, and you’ll get four answers. At least that’s how it feels sometimes. Theme is one of those mysterious […]

October 6, 2017

Writing for Submission-Tailoring Your Story


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If the step to publish your first book feels to big, start small with e-magazine submissions. Many of us dream of writing a great novel, but when it comes to submitting our work to a publisher, the process can feel daunting. The idea of writing an entire book and then waiting weeks if not months […]

September 27, 2017