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    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…

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    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…

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    What “10 Minute Novelist” Means to Me A Guest Post by Rebecca Waters

      When I first came to the 10 Minute Novelist group I wasn’t sure I would be a good fit. Ten Minute Novelist. What did that mean? Write a novel in only ten minutes a day? Sure. Use ten-minute intervals or snatches of time every day? Yes. Or was it for writers like me who can only sit still for ten minutes at a time? Of course. What I found was a community of writers trying to fit in their passion for writing into any bit of time they could carve out of an already busy schedule. I found an honest group of writers muddling through the process of writing…

  • Inspiration,  Motivation,  Self Talk

    What Happened When I Stopped Complaining

    This month I’ve featured a lot of articles on “Love Your Reader, Love Your Art, Love Yourself” and today I think my last post on that theme fits it nicely. I grew up in a household that was lead by people who had nothing nice to say. If the sky was blue, they’d find a cloud somewhere. If we found a dollar on the sidewalk, then it wouldn’t be enough to make a difference. If we got the day off from work, it wouldn’t have been told early enough to make the time useful. Everything was insufficient, faulty or stupid. It wasn’t until just recently that I realized how that…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Self Talk

    The Single Best Writing Advice (Too Bad I Don’t Always Follow It)

    We’ve heard it before, write what you know. Or, write every day. Or, READ! READ! READ! And while that is all very good advice, and you should follow it fervently, it’s still not the best.One of the best pieces of advice I was given in college was this: Never compare yourself to others.  If you do, you’ll compare their strengths to your weaknesses, and you’ll always be the loser. When I compare myself to other writers, it doesn’t do me a bit of good. I either pick up some frothy bonnet romance and throw it across the room, puffing myself up with thoughts of superiority. My books will have more meaning! I will be more…

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    Writing Like a Martial Artist A Guest Post by Christine Hennebury

    What could be further apart than the physical effort of martial arts and the mental effort of writing? They don’t really have much in common. Martial arts help you to train your body to react without having to think, while writing is about getting very deep inside your own head. Yet, when I bring the focus I’ve learned in Taekwon-Do and apply it to my writing, the words come a lot more easily, and that’s not the only way that studying martial arts has made me a better writer. Lesson One: My biggest opponent is myself When I got my black belt in March, 2014, I felt like I had…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Inspiration,  Marketing

    Why I Will Not Fail In My Marketing Attempts This Year

    In 2015, failure, especially when it comes to my personal book marketing, is not going to exist. I have two books to release this year, one fiction, one nonfiction; one is traditionally published one is self-published. One will have some publicity generated through the publishing house, one I’m going solo for. Both are gambles. I have no idea how well they will do. I have a lengthy and ambitious plan to market them — and I don’t have a ton of marketing experience. But I believe I will not fail. Why? I’ve just decided that FAILURE isn’t a word that’s going to be allowed in my vocabulary. It’s going to…

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    Resolving to Change in the New Year – Again and Again

    Carolyn Astfalk, a 10 Minute Novelist, greets us this New Year with some wise words.  Our lives are marked by repetitive cycles: hours in the day, days of the week, months of the year, seasons, holidays, and anniversaries. Routine provides structure and comfort. It can increase productivity and satisfaction. It can also provide complacency. Or the opportunity to start over. Again, and again, and again. OUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED The older I get, the more conscious I am that our beginnings are numbered. I may not have all the time that I think I have. The Bible reminds us, “Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the…

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    So You Think You Can Write A Guest Post by Sherry Howard

    Every week, one of the members of 10 Minute Novelists shares their insight and experience in their writing journey. This week, Sherry Howard shares what she learned through an online writing course.  So You Think You Can Write If you voluntarily took a course, did homework, and subjected yourself to massive critique. You must have been enrolled in Iowa University’s MOOC, Massive Open Online Course. It doesn’t matter where you are in your writer’s journey, there’s a spot for you in this online course. The current course How Writers Write Fiction, http://courses.writinguniversity.org/, is still open and the instructional portion will be available to view for a while. I have a…

  • Perils of a Mom Writer,  Time Management

    Lost But Not Afraid A Guest Post By Writer Keisha Page

      Something happens to a woman when she turns forty. I’m sure things happen to men, too, but since I’m not a man I can’t really speak to that. Turning forty didn’t freak me out or send me into this existential crisis that I halfway expected. I had heard things, you see. I had been working for a few years as a freelance writer, but unable to really justify the time spent writing, because, in the end, it might not make me any money. I felt like I needed to be spending my efforts either on earning a paycheck or with my family. Freelancing is a fickle business, and it’s…

  • Motivation,  Observation,  Self Talk

    Five Questions To Ask Yourself When You Get All Contemplative This Time of Year

    Asking writers to analyze themselves is like asking a cat to be aloof, shed fur and practice a condescension while sleeping on your face. It’s just what we do. This time of year is often a time when everyone is reflecting, summarizing or evaluating what has happened in the last year. It’s not a bad practice if we truly learn from the past. I’m not convinced that society as a whole does, but writers can and should.  Here are a few questions to ask yourself at this time of year, when you’re reflecting on how 2014 treated you as a writer and how you treated yourself. 1. Did I become…

  • Creativity,  Discipline,  Inspiration

    Write Jar Revolution A Guest Post by Vickie Miller

    Joining a writing group has had a big impact on my engagement in the writing community. And in the course of participating in this group, the #WriteJar revolution was born. All too often we get caught up in doing things that have to be done and forget about ourselves, our hobbies, and our dreams. #WriteJar is here to help you keep things in perspective. It’s about caring for yourself as a writer among all the other roles you play in life. What is #WriteJar you ask? It’s a simple concept that keeps writers motivated and forward thinking about their writing and their dreams about becoming a successful writer. Here’s how…

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    Writerly Reasons I’m Thankful

      This last weekend my family and I celebrated with the rest of our nation. We stopped to celebrate and contemplate for what we were the most thankful. As a writer, I have a list too. I’m thankful that it’s super easy to get my words into the hands of readers. I’m thankful for great tools like Scrivener, Evernote, Hemingway, Canva and my MacBook Air to make writing as physically and organizationally easy as it can be. I’m thankful for Createspace and Kindle Direct that became the best solution for my self-publishing needs. I’m thankful that there has never been a better time to be a writer. What was impossible…

  • Discipline,  Inspiration

    How Will You Know When You Are Successful?

    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.”   In my mind, success looks like stacks and stacks of books at a wholesale store. 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 a “I lived through a disaster and now I’m going to tell you my story” kind of book. The authors who have books at Costco are household names.…