I have a work-in-progress and I think it hates me. Every day I sit down with this project, set my timer, turn on the music, spend way too much time thinking about font, size, and color, and then work at least an hour. When I sit down with it, I feel it come alive. It … Continue reading Five Awful Things My Work-In-Progress Says To Me And What I Say Back
Sometimes drafting that story stinks. You’re all excited in the beginning, you can’t stop writing! But somewhere you get stuck. And you may want to quit. Keep in mind, your purpose in writing the first draft is to just get the raw material of a story. You don’t have to create a masterpiece. You don’t … Continue reading 10 Writing Prompts To Help You Unstick Your First Draft
You need not worry about your browser history; this post is about killing figuratively. In the world of writers, killing your darlings means getting rid of those story bits that need to die, even though the author may have fallen in love with them. But in the world of writers, the author who wants to write … Continue reading A Writer’s Guide To Ruthlessly Killing Your Darlings
In the beginning . . . It’s the first page of a brand new novel. Will it be a good beginning or a bad one? Within reading the first two sentences, you’ve already made a decision on whether or not you’ll keep reading. Your reader has too. If they have picked up your novel, they may … Continue reading Beginning Badly: Eight Awful Ways To Start A Novel
Backstory? Oh yes, you’ve been working on that character’s backstory for months! You’ve written thousands of words of backstory! You know how his parents met, how he got that scar on his pasty white tuckus, and why he gets all shaky and whiny when he’s served enchiladas. This is all important stuff you told yourself as … Continue reading Does Your Backstory Make Your Readers Stabby?
“Write drunk. Edit sober.” Easy enough, right? It means to write without boundaries, loose and wild and out of control. Thoughtful word selection and complex grammatical decisions belong in the world of editing. And yet, how often do you “lose your buzz” and start editing right in the middle of writing? How do you … Continue reading 7 Ways To Keep Your Buzz & Write Drunk — By Elaine Bayless
Guest blogger Sara Marschand explains her thought processes while she beta reads. A beta reader is often the first or second set of eyes a manuscript gets. Their purpose is to spot holes in a manuscript and communicate to a writer, who maybe a little myopic, that changes need to be made. For the last … Continue reading The Diary of A Beta Reader: A Guest Post by Sara Marschand
by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist Is it really November? Is it really time to start that non-stop frenzy that requires 50,000 words in 30 days? It is! Congratulations to all of you who are attempting it this year! And to those of you who have tried, get discouraged and possibly think you are on … Continue reading Top 10 Ways You May Be Doing National Novel Writing Month All Wrong
Nanowrimo is National Novel Writing Month. For 30 days in November every year, hundreds of thousands of writers all over the world try to get 50,000 words on paper. In a perfect world, these words would be brilliant and profound. It’s far more likely that the words are a big hot mess. If you are … Continue reading Top 16 Close-Talking, Double Dipping Tips to Succeeding At Nanowrimo!
My timer and I have a love/hate relationship. Ever since I started calling myself the 10 Minute Writer, back in 2006, I’ve realized that either I’m racing against the timer, or the timer haunts me for my lack of skill and speed. During the first minute, it’s like priming the pump, I just write words, … Continue reading How To Write In 10 Minute Increments The Messy Way
Today I release my first non-fiction book, Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day! You can purchase it or see the reviews here! This is the story of how I got the contract — it’s a great one! Also? I created a Facebook group for writers who have no choice but to write in 10 … Continue reading TODAY IS RELEASE DAY! Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day is NOW Available!
In 2014, I wrote and submitted my very first traditionally published book (and you can pre-order it here). The process of drafting, editing and submitting was nothing less than a constant fight with negative inner voices. I was a mess. But it’s done. And I’ve survived. I’ve written and published a book before, but the … Continue reading Neurotic Thoughts On My First Traditionally Published Book (Or The 9 Month Long Battle With Inner Voices)
It’s pity that I don’t hold murder weapons on my desk. If I did, I could describe them and stick them in my work-in-progress. This is what I do have: I have a cobalt glass heart that I use as a paperweight. My husband’s cousin, Robin gave it to me. It’s been over 15 years … Continue reading How To Describe An Object And Why It Matters In Your Novel
Just a couple of weeks ago, I shared with you Top Ten Emergency Writing Prompts for Nanowrimo. Today I have ten more! The following prompts may just get you started! 1. Describe what everyone is wearing. This is especially for your girly-girls. Go into detail about the honey colored cashmere twin set that the receptionist … Continue reading #Top10Tuesday Top Ten Additional Emergency Writing Prompts for Nanowrimo