Love Your Writing: a Writer’s Self-care

Motivation, Self Talk, Uncategorized

by Joanna Maciejewska From my experience, people who claim writing is easy either haven’t written anything yet or don’t treat their writing seriously. Sure, the process of transferring one’s thoughts to paper or digital document can be extremely simple… Making them flow, engage the reader, and evoke emotions isn’t. Getting one’s story right might bring […]

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Positivity for Writers

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I recently read the book Positivity by Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, and it changed how I think about my writing process.  She defines Positivity as  affirming, constructive, helpful, and/or optimistic thoughts, actions, or feelings in our lives. Dr. Fredrickson, who has researched this subject for the past 20 years, categorizes it as those moments in which […]

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Can’t We All Get Along? Making Friends with Your Inner Editor

Craft, Discipline, Uncategorized

by Christine Hennebury Do you have an annoying inner voice? I’m not referring to your conscience. I’m talking about your inner editor. The one who keeps interrupting your first draft to remind you that it still needs work.   Unlike a real live editor, this one is kind of missing the point. Real, live editors […]

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Want To Be An Organized Writer? Start With An Effective Life

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By Katharine Grubb This idea — organizing your life — could be the elephant in the room. Figuratively, it weighs a couple thousand pounds. You’ve known that your life is a mess and you’d rather ignore it than deal with it. But like a real elephant, your piles, your messes and your chaos feels rough […]

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Writing Multiple Projects: Pros and Cons

Craft, Discipline, Organization, Uncategorized, Work-In-Progress

by Joanna Maciejewska Mikhail Bulgakov burned the first draft of Master and Margarita, a book that long after death would make him famous. He wrote it for two years, and then in 1930 committed it to the flame. A year later, he restarted the novel and worked on the second draft for the next six […]

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Organizing Your Emotions For The New Year (So You Can Write More!)

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I may look like a 49-year-old mother of five, but sometimes I feel like a four-year-old with out of whack emotions.  I whine, I cry, I forget to care for myself. I grumble at the thought of doing things for my family. I put off things like washing the dishes because I call  Pinterest “fostering […]

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Bullet Journaling for Writers

Craft, Creativity, Inspiration, Organization, Uncategorized

by Joanna Maciejewska At some stage of my life, I gave up on buying diaries, calendars, and planners. They all had “wrong” layouts, not enough space or too much of it, and in the end I never really used them much. Then, a year and a half ago, I discovered bullet journaling and fell in […]

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Become A Seasonal Anthropologist: Holiday Writing Research

Craft, Creativity, Observation, Uncategorized

By Christine Hennebury Holidays are full of opportunities for us to play anthropologist and observe the culture we are participating in. We can choose to pay attention to the emotional, social, and sensory details of the season. That way we can bring vivid detail to our future writing. I’m not suggesting that you spend your […]

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Top 10 Things To Do When You’ve Written A Hot Mess

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By Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist What is this fresh mess that you wrote last month? You now have 50,000+ words of the most hare-brained, rabbit-traily, blathering nonsense the literary world has ever seen. You may have loved it on November 30, but now it’s really a mess. You’re kind of proud of it, but […]

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The Value of a Good Book

Marketing, Uncategorized

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. […]

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The Value of a Good Book


Marketing, Uncategorized

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

7 Gift Ideas for Writers


Inspiration, Uncategorized, Writer Swag

by Joanna Maciejewska Do you struggle with gift ideas for writers in your life? Years ago, shortly after I met my significant other, we talked about gifts and how hard it was sometimes to pick a perfect gift for a friend or a family member. He said then, “Getting one for you would be easy. […]

November 24, 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

Just Be Awful: Tips for NaNoWriMo Success


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by Christine Hennebury Once upon a time, I thought that National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) was about writing a novel. It seems that way, given that the point of it appears to be writing 50,000 words in a month. But, here’s the thing, as far as I am concerned, NaNoWriMo is actually about getting over […]

November 1, 2017

How to Write Foreigners in Dialogues


Craft, Uncategorized

by Joanna Maciejewska Last month I was writing about how to insert foreign phrases in your novel, but what if your character doesn’t speak perfect English? How do you write foreigners to reflect their struggle with English? There are many ways you can convey foreigners through dialogues, and since I’m a second language speaker myself, […]

October 27, 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