Category Archives: #WhyIWrite

Life Lessons Gleaned from Novel Writing

By Carolyn Astfalk After I’d given birth to my first child, I vowed I’d never allow any task or experience to intimidate me again. After all, despite my worries and fears, I’d just delivered a little human being, sans medication no less. If I could do that, I could accomplish anything. But time has a … Continue reading Life Lessons Gleaned from Novel Writing

6 Must-Haves For Nurturing Relationships With Readers

I love my readers!  They say such nice things about me, like: “Grubb thinks big. And it comes across in her novels. They’re packed with action and romance and great dialogue. But she never compromises. There’s a moral line she doesn’t cross…but they aren’t stuffy or stilted in any way.” Or, “Entertaining and made the … Continue reading 6 Must-Haves For Nurturing Relationships With Readers

Why I Write — By Paula Kelly Ince (A Series By The Writers of 10 Minute Novelists)

When I read this quote from Philip Pullman everything inside me shouted; yes! Fiction is my first love – I fell in love with fiction long before I fell in love with any boys or girls. I come from a large, chaotic family and whilst we all love one another, there is always some sort … Continue reading Why I Write — By Paula Kelly Ince (A Series By The Writers of 10 Minute Novelists)

Why I Write: A Guest Post By Vickie Miller

I write for many reasons, some of which you wouldn’t understand. But most of all, I write because it’s freeing. Growing up, there wasn’t much I could do. My family was poor. We lived far away from the center of town for many years. There were too many mouths to feed. And I was a … Continue reading Why I Write: A Guest Post By Vickie Miller

Fantasy: The (Not So) Easy Genre: A Guest Post by Joanna Maciejewska

  Everybody says that writing fantasy is easy. You don’t have to do research, and you can create just about anything your imagination conjures. It’s all nonexistent anyway, right? As a writer of speculative fiction, both fantasy and science-fiction, I can say from my experience: quite to the contrary. I think fantasy is one of … Continue reading Fantasy: The (Not So) Easy Genre: A Guest Post by Joanna Maciejewska

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

What Is Beautiful To Me by Katharine Grubb

  What is beautiful?  It is beautiful to stop and take deep breaths. To understand that your breathing not just helps your body but it also calms you down. Your deep breaths soothe your mind. Deep breaths free you up to think and act clearly. Deep breathing is a pacifier, a soother, a psychological binky. … Continue reading What Is Beautiful To Me by Katharine Grubb

Why I Write By Katharine Grubb, Founder 10 Minute Novelists

   You may have been like me. You may have always needed to write. You may have been like me and you had five children under eight years old and all you could think about is a story.  Or maybe you wondered why if you could tell a funny story about a bunny at bath time, … Continue reading Why I Write By Katharine Grubb, Founder 10 Minute Novelists

Pushing Your Own Boundaries: A Guest Post By Patricia D. Eddy

 May has been a pretty terrible month for me. April too, for that matter. You see, I sent my latest book, A Shift in the Air, off to my new editor, and she…well…she ripped it apart. Now, let me be clear. She was incredibly supportive and not at all mean about said ripping, but I’m … Continue reading Pushing Your Own Boundaries: A Guest Post By Patricia D. Eddy

Beauty, Truth, and the Power to Transcend: A Guest Post by Carolyn Astfalk

  Sometimes we recognize beauty on sight. Where beauty exists in the natural world, it’s often easily discernible. Other times, we have to dig to see the beauty or observe from a different perspective to grasp its intricacy or totality. Whether we readily recognize beauty or not, its creation isn’t a slapdash affair. It can … Continue reading Beauty, Truth, and the Power to Transcend: A Guest Post by Carolyn Astfalk

Why I Write: A Series By Members of 10 Minute Novelists — By Tyler Omichimski

I have a cheap and easy cop-out for this one: I write because I don’t know how not to. I started writing when I was five or something, writing terrible things that were filled with deus ex machina and what would have me castigated for flagrant copyright violations. Fortunately, none of that got published. I … Continue reading Why I Write: A Series By Members of 10 Minute Novelists — By Tyler Omichimski

Why I Write: A Series From The Authors Of 10 Minute Novelists Featuring Melissa Graham

From Melissa Graham: About 10 years ago, I was in a very bad place. I was young, married to one of the most selfish beings I’ve ever met, and had two very young children. I’d lost my home, my possessions– including a car, which is an absolute necessity in this city– my security, my confidence, … Continue reading Why I Write: A Series From The Authors Of 10 Minute Novelists Featuring Melissa Graham

Why I Write: Literature’s Role in the Teen’s Journey to Self-Acceptance, A Guest Post by YA Author Ellen Mulholland

Back in the late 70s and early 80s, I was a high school English geek. I was the nerdy girl who loved and debated every book we read. I was the good friend who helped with essays and theme analyses. I savored each minute of class and could have spent the entire school day reading … Continue reading Why I Write: Literature’s Role in the Teen’s Journey to Self-Acceptance, A Guest Post by YA Author Ellen Mulholland