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10 Writing Prompts To Help You Unstick Your First Draft

Sometimes drafting that story stinks. You’re all excited in the beginning, you can’t stop writing! But somewhere you get stuck. And you may want to quit. Keep in mind, your purpose in writing the first draft is to just get the raw material of a story. You don’t have to create a masterpiece. You don’t … Continue reading 10 Writing Prompts To Help You Unstick Your First Draft

7 Defense Mechanisms You Could Give To Your Character

You’ve picked out your character’s eye color, hair color, and favorite ice cream. You have even chosen their personality type, their deep dark secret, and deepest fear. You certainly haven’t ignored their greatest desire and figured out how their objective in the story works with, or against, this desire. So have you thought about adding … Continue reading 7 Defense Mechanisms You Could Give To Your Character

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

Top 10 Emergency Writing Prompts (And Photos) To Help You Through Nanowrimo

We’re in week 3 of Nanowrimo and if we’re really honest, it’s been a rough month. You may have had moments of frenzy, of fatigue, of despair. And you still have several days to go! Your purpose in Nanowrimo is to just get the raw material of a story. You don’t have to create a … Continue reading Top 10 Emergency Writing Prompts (And Photos) To Help You Through Nanowrimo

Top 10 Ways To Make Your Words More Beautiful

by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James Regardless of tastes, preferences or trends, I believe the beautiful calls to us. There is something inside of us that longs for symmetry, for rhythm, for thoughtful curves, … Continue reading Top 10 Ways To Make Your Words More Beautiful

Top 10 Ways To Respect Your Art As A Writer by Katharine Grubb

Thank you, Internet!  Because of you, I have to do so little work to expose myself and my family to the works of the world’s greatest artists. Gone are the days when we have to pay for parking at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Now, all we have to do is click the mouse a … Continue reading Top 10 Ways To Respect Your Art As A Writer by Katharine Grubb

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

10 Destructive, Cowardly Lies I Had To Discard So I Could Become A Writer

This is one of my favorite blog posts. I’m bringing it back from 2014 because I think we could all use a fresh reminder!  We don’t get in this business to be comfortable. We get in this business because the drive to create is bigger than the drive to be accepted. It takes guts and … Continue reading 10 Destructive, Cowardly Lies I Had To Discard So I Could Become A Writer

Even More Top Ten Emergency Writing Prompts for Nanowrimo!

Last week I suggested ten emergency writing prompts for Nanowrimo. Here are 10 more! 1. Put your character in an actual emergency. Food allergies, car accident, flash flood, explosive plumbing, gas leak — none of these are planned. You don’t have to plan yours too. And even if it looks rather deux et machina -ish, don’t worry about … Continue reading Even More Top Ten Emergency Writing Prompts for Nanowrimo!

How I Write: The Image, The Reality, and The Twitter Jokes

  This morning I woke up with a backache. I decided I would postpone the start of my day until after I felt better. So, what do you do with a little extra time on your hands? You hang out on Twitter! What luck! #HowIWrite was trending! I enjoyed very much reading suggestions from writers … Continue reading How I Write: The Image, The Reality, and The Twitter Jokes

Nine Questions To Ask If Writers’ Block Has You By The Throat

You can’t even. You just can’t even. Sometimes the words aren’t there. The ideas are weak and feeble. Your fingers grow numb waiting on a decent thought from your brain. There’s a problem and you can’t quite figure out what it is or why you’re blocked. I’ve been there. And I’ve learned that a little … Continue reading Nine Questions To Ask If Writers’ Block Has You By The Throat

The Amazingly Easy Short Cut Guide To Becoming A Great Writer (Tongue-In-Cheek Advice for The Lazy)

Some are born great writers, some aspire to being a great writer and some have writerly greatness thrust upon them. Then, sometimes, neither of those three options apply to us and we have to bushwhack our own path to greatness. Is it just me, or does that sound like a lot of work? Greatness, is, … Continue reading The Amazingly Easy Short Cut Guide To Becoming A Great Writer (Tongue-In-Cheek Advice for The Lazy)

Beauty, Truth, and the Power to Transcend: A Guest Post by Carolyn Astfalk

  Sometimes we recognize beauty on sight. Where beauty exists in the natural world, it’s often easily discernible. Other times, we have to dig to see the beauty or observe from a different perspective to grasp its intricacy or totality. Whether we readily recognize beauty or not, its creation isn’t a slapdash affair. It can … Continue reading Beauty, Truth, and the Power to Transcend: A Guest Post by Carolyn Astfalk

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