• Craft,  Genre

    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 because your story seems to transcend certain genres, it’s a journey or it’s an introspective. Words like “romance” or “fantasy” don’t seem big enough. You, dear writer, could be writing literary fiction! But you say, “I don’t want to write literary fiction! I know the market for these kinds of stories! I have nightmares that…

  • #WhyIWrite

    Fantasy: The (Not So) Easy Genre: A Guest Post by Joanna Maciejewska

      Everybody says that writing fantasy is easy. You don’t have to do research, and you can create just about anything your imagination conjures. It’s all nonexistent anyway, right? As a writer of speculative fiction, both fantasy and science-fiction, I can say from my experience: quite to the contrary. I think fantasy is one of the most difficult genres to write. While other genre writes can set their novels in known places, fantasy writers have to research everything. To create their setting they need to understand politics, physics, economy, geology, climate … and the list goes on. Of course one could point out, that many of the fantasy settings, especially…

  • Genre

    What’s Your Real Genre? (A Silly Quiz For Writers Who Don’t Take Themselves Too Seriously) by Katharine Grubb

    Oh Genre! That beautiful French word that basically pigeon-holes authors into a particular type of writing. Some of us are romance writers, some are thriller writers, some specialize in Regency zombie mysteries that always contain a yummy recipe. Genres are important simply because readers need to know what to expect from you. Agents like genres because if they do get to pitch your work, they need to know how to describe it. And if you attaching key words to your self-published title, genre can help you out.  But what if you don’t know your genre? There are lots of ways to find out. You can read this informative article from…

  • #WhyIWrite

    Why I Write: A Series From The Authors Of 10 Minute Novelists Featuring Melissa Graham

    From Melissa Graham: About 10 years ago, I was in a very bad place. I was young, married to one of the most selfish beings I’ve ever met, and had two very young children. I’d lost my home, my possessions– including a car, which is an absolute necessity in this city– my security, my confidence, my independence and, worst of all, my identity. Barely into my twenties, all I had to my name was the love for my babies and the pity of my family. While my children and I were stuck in my parents’ house, their father was absent, doing whatever he did to pass the time, except when…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Inspiration,  Work-In-Progress

    Why You Should Save All Your Writing Gems, Buy Them Champagne & Chocolate & Turn Out The Lights

      I believe every idea is valuable. This is why I have a drawing of a fairy on my bulletin board above my desk. Over a year ago, I was inspired by a flash of an idea involving a fairy, a very small person and a rambling old house. My daughter, because she loves fantasy, drew the fairy and gave it to me. The story idea, which was just a small gem of one, was filed away in Evernote and I rarely think about it. This little fairy and her story aren’t going anywhere. But I’m keeping it anyway. That little idea — along with the one about the romance…

  • Community,  Uncategorized

    UnWrapping Love! An Anthology by The Writing Wenches (And 10 Minute Novelists)

    On December 1, a group of women, and one man they affectionately call “the barkeep,” who call themselves the Writing Wenches pulled off a pretty major accomplishment. They released an anthology collection of twenty-one holiday themed short romance stories, in a single volume, called Unwrapping Love. It took months of coordination, effort, writing, editing, formatting, cover designing, and marketing to pull this off. In the end, they put together a project that was unique in its scope. The reviews have been amazing, and I’m really proud of this group, that had its start in the 10 Minute Novelists group. When I asked them what led them to want to work…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Observation,  Reading

    How Being An Armchair Analyst Can Make You A Better Writer (And Football Fan!)

    My 10 year old son knows a lot about football. He knows the most obscure penalty calls.  He knows who the third string quarterback is for the Raiders, what college he went to and why he’d probably be taken by Miami next year.  He knows who won every Super Bowl, who coached the winning teams and crazy stats like how many championship victories were earned by teams who came from behind. Along with every Patriots fan in New England, he wants to tell Coach Bellichik exactly what went wrong in last week’s game. My son doesn’t restrict his knowledge to the Patriots; he knows about the Broncos, the Jets (oh!…