• Craft,  Creativity,  Writing Prompt

    Take 5: Five Fun Friday Prompts

    Writing is serious business, of course, but it’s perfectly okay to have fun while you are doing it! This week’s Take 5 is filled with fun prompts so you can play around with your words. Maybe they will help you with your work-in-progress or maybe they will be an enjoyable diversion. Either way, any writing that you do will build your skills and help you become a better writer. Have fun! Write on! 1) Stir up some emotion Choose a video/scene from TV show where someone is clearly angry or joyful. 1) How can you tell their emotions just by looking at them?2) How do their actions reveal their emotions?3)…

  • Discipline

    Take 5 Friday: 5 Ways to be More Comfortable When You Write

    How comfortable and welcoming is your writing space? When we have trouble getting to our writing, we often think that internal factors are the cause. We might look into a variety of reasons for our resistance and try multiple strategies to overcome them. Those strategies are useful if the issue is inside our heads but what about if our resistance stems from our environment? Thanks to some time spent with people with sensory issues, I have started to notice how my environment affects my ability to write. I have made a few adjustments in my workspace and it has helped enormously. The same may be true for you. So, if…

  • Community,  Creativity,  Interviews With Authors

    Take 5: 5 Questions with Author Sandy R. Stuckless

    This month, we’re delighted to feature author Sandy R. Stuckless on our 5 Questions post. Sandy writes fantasy, sci-fic, and paranormal fiction as well as anything else his self-described ‘twisted mind’ leads him to write about. Sandy is a long time admin for the 10 Minute Novelists Facebook group and you can find out more about him on his website, his Facebook page, or by following him on Twitter. 1) Where and when do you write? Wherever I can, whenever I can. The mornings are when I have the most energy, but with a day job, family, and other commitments, sometimes I don’t get the opportunity to write until the…

  • Craft,  Creativity

    Take 5: Perfectly Mundane Ways to Start a Story

    by Christine Hennebury Okay, so you want to write a story but you have no idea idea how to get started. All you know is that you don’t want it to be boring. You want it to be brilliant and exciting and captivating.  Your story can be all of those things but only if you actually write it. And if you’re under self-induced pressure to be brilliant, it will be very hard to get started. If you can even bring yourself to start typing, you will be editing word by word as you go. All of your energy will be going into trying to be a genius wordsmith, instead of…

  • Craft,  Creativity

    Take 5 Friday: Advice from Greek Mythology

    By Christine Hennebury (with contributions from Alex Drodge) This week’s Take 5 Friday is brought to you courtesy of storytelling, my love for ‘transferable skills,’ and my 18 year old’s course in Greek Mythology this past semester.  While the characters in Greek mythology are known for things that have little or nothing to do with writing, I’ve decided to ask a few mythological figures for some writing advice this week.  Artemis – Goddess of Wild Animals and the Hunt (and lots of other things) While there is little physical danger in the hunting of words, there is still the potential for peril. That is why you must choose your targets…

  • Craft,  Creativity

    Take 5 Friday: 5 ways writing is like shoveling snow

    We’re having a ridiculous winter here on the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. We’ve had over 350 centimeters (148 inches) of snow since winter began in November (we had almost 100 centimeters in one 24 hour period in late January) and we have more snow coming on the weekend. Earlier this week, I doing some shoveling after the latest storm and it occurred to me that shoveling snow and writing have a lot in common. Standing in a driveway looking at mounds of snow is not unlike looking at a blank page. You can’t know how long it will take but all you can do is dig in and…

  • Community,  Craft,  Creativity

    Take 5 Friday: 5+ Questions for Julie Duffy of StoryADay

    Christine’s Note: The last Take 5 Friday of every month will be a 5 question interview with a writer. I send 7 questions so they can choose their favourites. This week’s writer chose to answer all 7, just for fun, so today we have Take 5 (+2). Julie Duffy is a writer and the host of the StoryADay.org creative writing challenge.  Her website’s slogan is ‘Write today, not someday’ and her approach to encouraging writers fits in very nicely with our philosophy here at 10 Minute Novelists. Julie’s focus is mostly on short stories but, just like us, she wants writers to persist, to find ways to squeeze their writing…

  • Interviews With Authors

    Take 5 Friday: 5 Questions for Daphne Gray-Grant

    It’s the last Friday in the month so we are mixing things up a little. This week’s Take 5 Friday is a 5 question interview with writer Daphne Gray-Grant, a.k.a.The Publication Coach. Daphne has just released her second book Your Happy First Draft which guides people through her system for writing quickly and effectively – with minimal stress! Many thanks to Daphne for taking time out of her launch week to answer a few questions for us. Read below for a glimpse into her writing life. Where and when do you write? I spend much of every day writing from my home office in a loft at the top of…