• Beautiful Words,  Craft

    Find Your Voice through Word Choice A Guest Post By Sophia Ryan

    An artist friend of mine often rolls a piece of paper into a tube and looks through it at a spot on her painting-in-progress. She says it helps her to isolate a particular aspect of her painting, whether it be a tone or hue or whatever, and then to compare it to what’s around it. Separating it, she says, from the distraction of the surrounding parts lets her really see and analyze it. Only then can she determine whether it truly fits. I stumbled onto a writing exercise the other day that acted as a paper tube isolation device for me. Unfortunately, I can’t recall which book it was in…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Community,  Interviews With Authors,  What 10 Minute Novelists Means To Me

    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…

  • Beautiful Words,  Craft

    How Do You Discover Your Writing Voice? A Guest Post By Ally Bishop

    How do you discover your writing voice? Sounds like a crazy question, especially if you’ve been writing for some time. But I recently worked with an incredibly talented writer who hadn’t quite nailed down her voice, and when she asked what I meant when I said as much, I realized that it’s something that we rarely discuss in writing circles, nor do we define its hazy boundaries. So what’s this elusive voice of which I speak? I’m so glad you asked. Think about the last time you dove into your favorite book series or discovered a tome in the used bookstore by an author you used to love. As you…

  • Discipline,  Inspiration,  Observation

    The Extraordinary Ordinary A Guest Post by TLC Nielsen

      We all know someone with the gift of gab. In my family, my mother can start a conversation with strangers and have their life story in under 5 minutes. When we visited Downtown Disney a few years back, I watched my mother in action as she talked with a store clerk, asking how she ended up working there. I took notes, knowing that as an introverted writer, I needed to cultivate this verbal gift. As I relaunched my blog this year, trying to capture the extraordinary ordinary lives of folks around me, I’ve found my mother’s people techniques to be solid. Here’s what I’ve learned from watching her: JUST…

  • Organization,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  Time Management

    The Writers’ Guide To Time Thieves A Guest Post by Elaine Bayless

    As 10 Minute Novelists, we live life in the margins. Ten minutes here, ten minutes there, a few word sprints, and boom we have a novel! So it makes sense that we would be excellent managers of time, right? Ah yes, I can hear some of you laughing right now. Managing time is like nailing Jell-o to a wall. And to complicate matters further, we must contend with Time Thieves. What are time thieves? Those sneaky critters that sneak into our daily calendar and steal away our precious 10 minute writing increments! Fortunately, you don’t have to be a victim. Here are four of the most common time thieves and…

  • Perils of a Mom Writer,  Time Management

    Write with the Family – How We Worked as a Team to Create Mystery Rock A Guest Post by Kathryn Lang

    Writing can be one of the loneliest professions. The idea passed around so many conferences and came from so many experts, that I started to believe it. I assumed I had to be doing something wrong. I write in the middle of chaos on good days. On the bad days, I squeeze out words while fighting back the storms. I am a full-time writer, radio talk show host, home school mom, and active social media stalker. I have a lot of plates in the air that take me to events, throw me in the middle of lunches, and basically provide little time alone. I tried the isolation path. I sat…

  • Discipline,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Organization,  Time Management

    The SMART Way To Set Goals For The New Year A Guest Post By Rebecca Laffar-Smith

    The last twelve months are swiftly disappearing in our rear vision mirror. That means it’s that time of year when we reflect on what the past year has brought into our lives and start to think about the year to come. We look back at those New Year’s Resolutions we made many months ago and wonder how our good intentions to lose 15 pounds turned into the extra 5 pounds now sitting on our hips. And, as writers, we look at our aspirations to write more (more poetry, more short stories, more books, more screenplays), and wonder what happened to those good intentions to get more finished. The truth is,…

  • Craft,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  Time Management

    The Routines and Research of a 10-Minute Novelist by Guest Blogger Carre Gardner

    Today was a writing day. Not every day is, I’ll confess. I know this is bad writerly practice. All the best authors say you ought to, must sit down at the same time every morning, and not get up until you’ve produced 500, 1,000, 1,500 words. I would so love to have that kind of life. But I am a 10-minute Novelist. And between 12-hour shifts at the hospital, a house with 4 stories of living space to keep clean-ish, 3 teenagers, 2 needy dogs, and 1 husband—all of whom expect to eat actual food on a regular basis—I can’t always carve out time to sit down and write 1,000…