Tag Archives: Beautiful Words

How To Develop Your Writing Voice

(Author’s Note: For June, July & August, this blog will be posting on Mondays & Thursdays only!) A writer’s voice is a complex, hard-to-describe thing. I think it could be compared to a rich cheese, a well-crafted symphony or a good wine. The complexities of each of these come from a variety of sources — … Continue reading How To Develop Your Writing Voice

10 Ways To Make Your Words More Beautiful

April is National Poetry Month. Today I celebrate beautiful words. Regardless of tastes, preferences or trends, I believe the beautiful calls to us. There is something inside of us that longs for symmetry, for rhythm, for thoughtful curves. Often we can appreciate delicate images that spurn our emotions, that bring out in us the good and … Continue reading 10 Ways To Make Your Words More Beautiful

Top 10 Ways To Make Your Words More Beautiful

by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James Regardless of tastes, preferences or trends, I believe the beautiful calls to us. There is something inside of us that longs for symmetry, for rhythm, for thoughtful curves, … Continue reading Top 10 Ways To Make Your Words More Beautiful

Top 10 Questions To Ask Others and Avoid Being Labeled Another Emily Dickinson by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelists

If you are a writer, then it is likely that you prefer to be isolated from the rest of the world. You spend your days thinking up great stories, making them as perfect as you possibly can. You may create that ideal lover, that ideal setting or that ideal story that you believe is the … Continue reading Top 10 Questions To Ask Others and Avoid Being Labeled Another Emily Dickinson by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelists

Top 10 Ways Poetry is Better Than Food

Poetry is better than food. At least sometimes it is. Just like we eat a variety of things so that we can nourish our bodies, I think we should read a variety of poems so that we can nourish our souls. I love that some poetry  is bite sized like a Dickinson poem or a … Continue reading Top 10 Ways Poetry is Better Than Food

Top 10 Signs You May Be A Literary Writer (For Those of Us Who Are Genre Confused)

You’re writing a book and all of your hundreds of readers want to know. “What’s it about?” And you, gather them around you, adjust your cravat, look over your half moon glasses that are pretentiously hanging from a gold chain around your neck and you say, “I’m not really sure.” Why can’t you explain? It’s … Continue reading Top 10 Signs You May Be A Literary Writer (For Those of Us Who Are Genre Confused)

Even More Top Ten Emergency Writing Prompts for Nanowrimo!

Last week I suggested ten emergency writing prompts for Nanowrimo. Here are 10 more! 1. Put your character in an actual emergency. Food allergies, car accident, flash flood, explosive plumbing, gas leak — none of these are planned. You don’t have to plan yours too. And even if it looks rather deux et machina -ish, don’t worry about … Continue reading Even More Top Ten Emergency Writing Prompts for Nanowrimo!

What’s Wrong With Art? (A Complaint by Author Katharine Grubb) for #MondayBlogs

Art! Hey, ART! What is wrong with you?  From someone on the outside, you  like something simple. And yet the closer I get to you, the more complicated you are. You’re like a first love, you’re like adolescence, you’re like a cat. I’d like to think that my art comes from  words. I’d like to … Continue reading What’s Wrong With Art? (A Complaint by Author Katharine Grubb) for #MondayBlogs

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

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

Five Lessons For Prose Writers From Poetry: A Guest Post by Elizabeth Buege

I’m a wordaholic. I love to work with words in as many different ways as possible, so right now, I’m a writing teacher, a freelance editor, and a writer. For all that I’m hooked on words, though, I’m definitely not is a poet. I read poetry, but I can’t find the patience to write my … Continue reading Five Lessons For Prose Writers From Poetry: A Guest Post by Elizabeth Buege

A Melody of Beautiful Words: A Guest Post by Amalie Cantor

  Music and the Art of Writing Before I embraced the mantle of “writer,” I spent two years in graduate school studying to become a professor of music theory. For those who may not know, music theorists take apart musical structures and analyze them as you might a work of literature. After years of searching, … Continue reading A Melody of Beautiful Words: A Guest Post by Amalie Cantor