Time Management

Must-Haves for 10 Minute Novelists

A 10 Minute Novelist is a writer at any point in a spectrum of experience that is time-crunched, but uses pockets of time to pursue his or her writing dreams. They often have day jobs, or they are stay-at-home moms. They could also be professional writers who want to tap into more creative writing. Regardless of how they spend the other minutes of their day, they all share a desire to pursue creative writing in the time that they have. 

10 Minute Novelists understand that there will never be a perfect time to write, so they must make time for their goals while they can. A 10 Minute Novelist has low expectations, is not afraid of failure and thinks that there’s value in starting today. 

These are the Must-Haves for 10 Minute Novelists:

1. A PLACE: Maybe it’s a desk, a closet, a corner of the couch, it doesn’t matter. 10 Minute Novelists who take their writing seriously have a physical place that is their writing spot, this is a sign they take  writing seriously. Those who value something, find a place for it.

2. A PLAN:  10 Minute Novelists call themselves that because they are using every spare minute they can to pursue their writing goals. Where do those 10 minutes come from? These writers consider their schedule and analyze where they can find more 10 minute increments. Then they make time as often as they can. Of course, they’re often surprised at how much they can accomplish in only 10 minutes a day.

3. A PROJECT: When 10 Minute Novelists sit down to write they need to know exactly what those 10 minutes are for. Is it a blog post? A journal? A poem? They don’t waste precious time trying to decide. I keep my documents open so I don’t have to think about them. Practicing descriptions, recapping an episode of The Good Place, or venting about disagreeable roommates are also considered serious writing. 10 Minute Novelists do this too.

4. PEOPLE: This must-have can’t be overstated. Writing is an isolating, lonely business. The most successful 10 Minute Novelists make an effort to engage with other writers on our Facebook group, in real-life, or by joining a writing association. Writers need each other. I can’t imagine what my writing life would be without critique partners, editors, beta readers, and good friends to hold my hand in the tough times. Show me a successful writer, and I’ll show you the crowd of friends that helped that writer be successful.

As you begin your writing adventure as a 10 Minute Novelist, we want to encourage you in everything. We hope that you have these four must-haves and make this your most successful writing year yet!

I’d love to hear from you! Which of these four are the easiest for you? Which do you need help with?

Katharine Grubb is an author, poet, homeschooling mother, camping enthusiast, bread-baker, and believer in working in small increments of time. She leads 10 Minute Novelists, an international Facebook group of time-crunched writers. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.