• Beautiful Words

    Polishing Your Beach Rocks: All Beautiful Words Start Out Plain — A Guest Post By Christine Hennebury

    ‘Comparison is the thief of joy.’ – Theodore Roosevelt Have you ever read someone else’s work and been struck by the sheer beauty of their words? Did you then turn to your own work in despair because it could never match what the other writer had produced? Did the comparison take the joy out of your writing for you?  Anne Lamott, one of the great philosophers of our time, often warns us against comparing our insides to other people’s outsides.  She’s usually speaking in a more general sense of personal well-being but it applies to our writing as well.  When we compare our messy drafts with someone else’s published work,…

  • What 10 Minute Novelists Means To Me

    What 10 Minute Novelists Means To Me — A Guest Post by Michele Mathews

    This month 10 Minute Novelists is celebrating our first anniversary. To make it even more fun, we’re asking our group members to post what the group means to them. Today, Michele Mathews shares what she’s learned since being a part of our group!  A few months ago I saw a Facebook friend had joined a group called the 10 Minute Novelists. As a curious person, I clicked on the page to see what it was about, and within a few minutes, I clicked to join the group. I’m so glad I did that. For the last few months, I have been encouraged and supported with my writing. Everyone in the…

  • #EthicalAuthor,  Author Profile,  Interviews With Authors,  Self-Publishing

    Author Spotlight: Meet Jane Steen

    10 Minute Novelists is a community of writers from all over the world. Twice a month, we feature one of our writers. Today? It’s Jane Steen, author of House of Closed Doors and champion of Author Ethics. Welcome Jane! 1. How did the topic of ethics for authors become an interest of yours? It just started out as an observation that there were quite a few authors out there behaving unprofessionally. I’ve been active on Goodreads as a reader for years, and I could see wave after wave of shock run around the community because an author had plagiarized another author’s work, or had attacked a reviewer in the comments thread,…