• #MondayBlogs,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  Uncategorized

    Top Ten Things To Do If You Feel Burned Out As A Writer

    My 2015 was full. I released three books. I spoke two times. I attended four live book selling events. I launched a podcast. I was featured on three other podcasts. I wrote more than 365,000 words (that averaged 1000 words a day).  I was successful in Nanowrimo, writing my 50,000 words. I launched my weekly encouraging newsletter. I also took on a part-time job as a homeschooling tutor. I did all this while maintaining my household, hosting two chats a week, homeschooling my five kids and baking my bread from scratch. This all looks very impressive until you pull the curtain back and see the truth: I was a nervous…

  • #IndependentPublishing,  Self-Publishing

    What I’ve Learned As A Self Published Author

     This summer marks my third year as an independent author. And I’ve learned a lot about it over the last three years. In November of 2012, my first manuscript was finished and for the first time, I was curious about what it would take to self-publish my  novel, Falling For Your Madness. It changed my life! First of all, this was a life long dream now coming to pass, but other than that I learned some very interesting and surprising things too! Word of mouth is everything! The success of my first novel was solely based on how my readers embraced it and shared it with others. I started out…

  • #WhyIWrite

    Why I Write — By Paula Kelly Ince (A Series By The Writers of 10 Minute Novelists)

    When I read this quote from Philip Pullman everything inside me shouted; yes! Fiction is my first love – I fell in love with fiction long before I fell in love with any boys or girls. I come from a large, chaotic family and whilst we all love one another, there is always some sort of drama going on, always has been. I was the eldest of five, on top of which my parents were emergency foster carers, so we regularly had neglected and abused children arriving on our doorstep at various times of the day and night and staying for anything between a few days and several months. Story…

  • #WhyIWrite

    Why I Write: A Guest Post By Vickie Miller

    I write for many reasons, some of which you wouldn’t understand. But most of all, I write because it’s freeing. Growing up, there wasn’t much I could do. My family was poor. We lived far away from the center of town for many years. There were too many mouths to feed. And I was a nerd. Reading was my favorite sport. Can it be a sport? There was little else that interested me and I didn’t know how to draw. So, when the moment came in third grade where the students were required to enter a writing contest as an assignment (is it really a contest if entry is mandatory?),…

  • #WhyIWrite,  Beautiful Words,  Creativity,  Self Talk

    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.  You can wrap yourself up in your own breaths and rest deeply. You can breathe the toxins out of your body. You can breathe out the bad thoughts and the invasive poisons. What is beautiful? It is beautiful to choose to be free and walk in truth. What’s beautiful in the journey of truth is…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  #Top10Tuesday,  Marketing,  Motivation

    #Top10Tuesday Top 10 Ways Good Marketing Is Like Good Parenting

    The writing of the book, was the pregnancy. You conceived the idea in a romantic, intimate moment. You developed it secretly in the dark. You wrote while stuffing your face with all kinds of snacks. You tried to explain your characters and your plot to others and they just didn’t understand. And the length of the ms got bigger and bigger. And you wondered will I ever get this done? Will I be waiting for the arrival forever?  And the big day comes! You get your little bundle of joy from Createspace or some other expert labor and delivery establishment! You count all of the pages to make sure that it is all…

  • Author Profile,  What 10 Minute Novelists Means To Me

    What 10 Minute Novelists Means To Me — A Guest Post by Ian McAllister

      I am a team player. The last 34 years have been a constant and exciting learning curve as I followed an exciting and varied career in the UK’s Air Traffic Control Service, working for the Government and later the pioneering part-privatised NATS. Since the age of 19 I have belonged to a variety of close-knit teams, involved with every aspect of the job; from recruitment to flight planning, from training to line management, from live sector data specialist to critical incident stress management. In spite of still getting a kick out of my job after so many years, last September I accepted a severance package and finished work. It…

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Marketing

    #Top10Tuesday Top 10 Reasons Why You Need To Buy “Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day”

    This Thursday, my book Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day will be released! You can order your copy here!  Today’s Top 10 List is about some of the great advice you’ll find in this book! 1. This book will give you step by step instructions on how to write a novel that you work around your already time-crunched schedule. 2. This book breaks down every single element of a novel: story, plot, genre, characters, setting and three act structure into small, bite sized chunks and helps you sculpt these concepts a little bit at a time. 3. There’s a WHOLE CHAPTER on time management and how to make small…

  • Author Profile,  Community,  Inspiration,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  What 10 Minute Novelists Means To Me

    What 10 Minute Novelists Means To Me A Guest Post By Carolyn Astfalk

    A year ago, I had four children ten and under, including a barely one-year-old and his two-year-old sister. Since late 2010, I had written three novels, all of which were “complete,” or so I thought at the time. Writing time was—and is—whenever I can grab it amid diaper changes, snacks, reading board books, sorting laundry, and all the mundane but necessary details of maintaining a household and caring for young children. Throw in some volunteer activities, and, yes, my husband, and whatever minutes I could cobble together for an uninterrupted task did not add up to much. In other words, I could have been the poster child for 10 Minute…

  • What 10 Minute Novelists Means To Me,  Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day

    You’re Invited To A Birthday Bash (And Book Release!)

    In March, the Facebook writers group, 10 Minute Novelists, is ONE YEAR OLD! This group was inspired by the book “Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day” which just HAPPENS to be released on March 26. IT’s a BIG DAY! 10 Minute Novelists has over 1000 time-crunched writers worldwide who have discovered tips, encouragement and community through their website, chats, encouraging discussions, and other craziness. This last year has been an amazing one for this group and it’s time to celebrate! What’s going to happen at this FACEBOOK Birthday Party? For TWO WHOLE DAYS, on the thread of this event, we’ll feature editors, publisher, publicists, authors and agents who…

  • #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,…

  • Author Profile

    Author Spotlight: Meet Jessica White!

    Every other week, this blog will interview the authors in the 10 Minute Novelists Facebook Group. (You can join that group here.)   Today, we’re meeting Jessica White! Besides living in Texas and homeschooling her two children, Jessica is also is an important part of the  administration of 10 Minute Novelists.  1. Tell us about your book. In my debut novel Surviving the Stillness, winter comes early in the foothills of western Montana forcing siblings Abigail and Samuel Morgan to seek refuge in a Catholic orphanage.  When Abigail’s health fails her life is put in the hands of Dr. Mason and his son and apprentice Matthew.  Together they must stop…

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Motivation,  Perils of a Mom Writer

    #Top10Tuesday Top 10 Reasons Why You Are Not A Special Snowflake

    You’re a writer! Isn’t it awesome! You have this unbelievable power to turn words into ideas and ideas into stories and then stories into amazing fandoms! Not yet? Oh, it’s coming! You will because you are so gosh darn talented!  Yes, you can put words together as ideas and you can sculpt ideas into stories. But I hate to break it to you, sweetheart, just because you are a writer, doesn’t mean you’re great. It doesn’t even mean you’re good. Do you guys remember William Hung? He was a singer, and by that I mean he sang. But that didn’t make him special, worthy of applause or certainly not Simon Cowell’s attention. Sadly, there are…

  • Discipline,  Inspiration,  Motivation

    How Decisive Action Can Change Your Year (Like It Did Mine)

    It’s January, so I’m starting over. My year is fresh and clean like a New England snow storm. Perhaps this is the year I’ll be a millionaire, or a size 4, or hit the NYT Best Seller List. Or maybe I’ll just make some great decisions. This article from Writer’s Digest inspired me to think about how the accomplishment of goals. Sometimes resolutions, dreams or wishes are shape shifters and we’re not sure if they are real or imaginary. Goals like “to be a famous writer” is vague and frustrating and undefinable. How do we know we’ll achieve something in June if when can’t make up our mind what we want…