• Creativity,  Reading

    Eleven Tips To Help You Be More Creative!

    Who wants more ideas? Who needs a brilliant thought? Who could stand a new insight? A fresh perspective? A story idea? Who needs more creativity? I know I do! I just wish I could turn on good ideas like I turn on the tap. It’s too bad our muse only shows up at inconvenient times or not at all. I believe, however,  that creativity can be encouraged. We can play with our own minds in such a way that can help solve problems and get good ideas. Here’s a long list of ways to be more creative. Try some! And leave a comment if you got them to work! 1.…

  • #WhyIWrite

    Life Lessons Gleaned from Novel Writing

    By Carolyn Astfalk After I’d given birth to my first child, I vowed I’d never allow any task or experience to intimidate me again. After all, despite my worries and fears, I’d just delivered a little human being, sans medication no less. If I could do that, I could accomplish anything. But time has a way of dulling memories, especially those surrounding childbirth. (Thanks be to God.) When in November of 2010, I decided to give National Novel Writing Month a shot, I was intimidated. Surely fifty thousand words in thirty days would be less daunting than childbirth, right? But the bold sense of empowerment I’d felt after my son…

  • Self Talk,  Uncategorized

    What’s Your Definition of Success?

    In my mind, success looks like stacks and stacks of books at a wholesale store. Every time I go to Costco, I pass the end table where the books are and I look and I say to my kids, “Someday, my books will be there.” To me, that a mark of success. If I come to that point in my career, then I have a tangible reminder of the success I’ve accomplished. And I want this to be the right kind of book — a novel — not an “I lived through a disaster and now I’m going to tell you my story” kind of book. The authors who have…

  • Interviews With Authors,  Uncategorized

    Free & Not-So-Free Writers’ Conferences For The Poor And Anthropophobic

      It’s Conference Season! Another spring has arrived and you will not be going to a writer’s conference. I’m so sorry. I’m not either. I’ve been trying to get to the ACFW conference in September every fall for the last ten years and I’m not any closer now than I was ten years ago.  I did, however, get to go to the Mountain Valley Writers’ Conference in Lake Guntersville, Alabama a few weeks ago. And I have the bug to go, and speak, at another one. But it may not be for a while. I loved speaking to a group of writers. But then I had to talk to them…

  • Inspiration

    What To Do When Darkness Keeps You From Writing

    I have a section in my book called Facing The Darkness. Most writers I know have a resistance. This is usually an antagonistic force that they need to deal with before they put words on paper. This darkness has been misunderstood — at least by my readers — in that some think that it’s about the thriller or horror genre (nope) or that it’s an excuse not to write. This darkness is deeper than a lack of motivation or lack of creativity. The darkness I’m referring to are the penetrating lies that are keeping you from pursuing your dreams. If you don’t have darkness, then consider yourself blessed. Julia Cameron,…

  • Community,  Uncategorized

    Five Signs To Keep Writers From Going Wrong

    By TLC Nielsen Are you a Writer Gone Wrong? 10 minute novelists are an upbeat, happy group of writers striving to be all they can word-ly be. But unbeknownst to many is another, small group of writers who hoard their words, shudder from social interaction with other (competing) authors, and cannot restrain themselves from talking/chatting/emailing about their books, blogs and other writings far more than necessary. This group of writers took dangerous forks on the writerly road, ending up down a path they never intended to take. Here are 5 road signs to keep you, and me, from joining Writers Gone Wrong! Road Sign #1 Writing Conferences- To go or…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Self Talk

    Top 10 Things You Should Be Saying To Yourself That Will Help Make You More Successful

    By Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist I believe we can accomplish great things if we get our thought life under control. Good thoughts produce good habits. Good habits produce good patterns. Good patterns help us grow in discipline, which makes us more confident, which allows us to succeed.  I strongly encourage you, as you are facing the end of this year and the beginning of the new one, that you consider what you think about and focus only on the good things.  In June, I posted, Top 10 Things You Could Be Saying To Yourself That Will Guarantee Your Failure As A Writer  Today I want to do the opposite! 1.…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Discipline,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Organization

    Top 10 Tricky Things You May Have To Do In Order To Achieve Your Goals

    We can’t be the writer we want to be if we keep doing the things we’ve always done. This is the time self-involved, sensitive writing types, think about how we can make this upcoming year the best ever. Especially if we are participating in Nanowrimo. This is an exciting time of year and it’s also kind of scary. We’re going to have to make some changes. Sigh. This week’s list is the Top Ten Tricky Things You May Have To Do In Order To Achieve Your Goals. 1. You may have to say no to the expectations of others. This is tricky because in the past you may have said…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Creativity,  Discipline,  Nanowrimo

    Top 10 Ways To Prepare For National Novel Writing Month

    by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist National Novel Writing Month is an international event where, in the month of November, writers from all over the world attempt to put down 50,000 words of a story in thirty days. Ideally, these 50,000 words are all coherent, have a great plot, have full, 3-dimensional characters, and the story is thrilling, romantic, sweet and/or satisfying. That’s the goal. Nanowrimo is really good for people who need motivation, community and tangible goals. Nanowrimo is also great for experienced novelists who need the daily writing goals to push them forward in the WIPs. Nanowrimo is for those people who appreciate the prep work that goes…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Discipline,  Time Management

    Top 10 Things You Can Ask Yourself If You’re Looking For Extra Time To Write by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

    Ever since I decided to find 10 minute increments here and there to write, I’ve viewed the time in my day differently. Now, I compare wasted time to a designer coffee that I might buy daily without thinking about it. I’d like to suggest that in the area of time management, conscientious writers need to consider the latte factor. I did not coin the term Latte Factor. It was, however coined by financial guru David Bach. In his book, The Automatic Millionaire, Bach claims that consumers spend little bits of money here an there, say, buying daily designer drinks. He claims, and rightfully I think, that these little bits add up. Wise consumers…

  • Discipline,  Motivation

    Top 10 Things I Can Do To Build Up My Confidence – By Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

    I’m not in a very good place to write about confidence. I’m in a place where my expectations of what could have been are paralyzing my current choices. But if I’m going to go any further in what I do as a writer, I need to get over myself and grow in confidence.  Today I have to return to the most important element in my writer’s toolbox: confidence. I have lots of tools there that are important. Grammar is important. Storytelling is important. Connections are important. Reviews are important. But the most important thing of all is self-confidence. I have to believe, at least most of the time, that my…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Discipline,  Motivation

    Top Ten Things I Did Right Last Year That Made All The Difference

    Happy New Year!  I’m so glad we’re starting over with a fresh, shiny new year. 2016 has a lot of hope and promise. 2015 wasn’t too shabby for me personally, but I did suffer the fallout of some of the decisions that I made in 2014.  2014 was the first year that I stood up for myself, aggressively took responsibility for my own happiness and walked in complete confidence. Today’s blog post is a throwback-what I did that year that made all the difference. I’m still processing 2015’s victories. I’ll have a post about them soon enough. Hope you enjoy this one.   2011 was a sucky year for me…

  • Organization,  Perils of a Mom Writer

    How My To-Do List is Often Like a Misbehaving Toddler (And What I Can Do About It!)

    My to-do list is long. It taunts me. As soon as I cross something off, three more things jump on. The battle I have with my to-do list is like chasing a naked, hungry, willful toddler through the house. I yell and reach. I grab and contain. I wipe, dust, clothe, scold and hug and yet there are more things to do. My list is ever demanding, ever whining, ever messy.  I asked for this. I asked for the expanding boundaries and the places of influence. I asked for the blessings and abundance. (And it comes with more responsibility and more tasks?) I asked for more people in my life…

  • Discipline,  Time Management

    Top Ten Ways You Can Find Time To Write In 2016

    My house is a disaster. We’ve moved furniture around to make room for holiday shenanigans. We’ve forgone our schedules for calorie packed merriment. We’ve embraced the season with so much fervor, our wallets, our stomachs and our emotions are upset in a mostly good way. But the party will be over soon and Monday, January 4, will be here, all bright and shiny, waiting for us to make our mark and start good habits in the New Year.   We should all collectively rename January and call it “Good Intentions Month” instead. Because, really, by February we’ve forgotten all we want to accomplish and we’re back into old habits and…