• 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…

  • Writer Swag

    #Top10Tuesday Awesome Writer Gifts To Give This Holiday Season

    Got a writer in your life? Don’t know what to buy them for the holidays? Here are 10 writing related gifts that I know I would LOVE to have.  (Send this link to anyone who’s shopping for you!) 1.  Your writer needs ideas! Make inspiration fun with a gift that everyone in your family can play! Give them this: 2. And if your budding writer only gets their best ideas in the shower, make it convenient to write them down! Buy them Aqua Notes – Waterproof Notepad! 3. And I don’t know much about this book, but it really look good! The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction by Brian…

  • Community,  Inspiration,  Motivation

    Why Writers’ Community Is Like Icing On A Big, Delicious Cake (And Why You Want As Much As You Can Get!)

    How do you know if you are a rich writer? If we are rich writers, we use words like Paula Deen uses butter and cream. We liberally pour  out our ideas and our vision into our paragraphs and prose. We add in sweetness and flavor and texture who we are and what we care about in every book. We sculpt our words together like sugary icing roses along a cake and we present our final, finished projects as grand feasts for the world, allowing our readers to savor each morsel and each portion.  If we are rich writers, the solitary act of creating is a full and satisfying one. But…

  • Craft,  Discipline,  Motivation

    Must Haves For The Time-Crunched Writer With Big, Big Dreams

    Only read this if you want to get serious about your big, big dreams.  Are you one of those flighty types who can’t settle down? Then this blog post isn’t for you. If you want to write a book because everybody’s doing it, then this blog post is not for you. If you read J.A. Konrath’s account of how his independently published books have practically made him a household word (and a truck load of money) and you think you can do it just like he did, then this blog post is not for you.  This blog post (and the website, and the Facebook group) is for the people who will do what it takes to pursue their dreams,…