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    Making a Writing Practice Work for You

    Even if you spend a lot of your writing time working on your current project, you can benefit from establishing a writing practice.  Obviously, working regularly on a project is one kind of practice. In this post, I’m talking about writing for writing’s sake.  That means writing to keep your brain tuned up. It means keeping your writing abilities front and center so you can call on them when you need them. How does a writing practice help your current project? You know that you are going to spend some time on your work-in-progress this week.  Maybe not every day, but on a regular basis.  And when you sit down…

  • Time Management,  What 10 Minute Novelists Means To Me,  Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day

    Eight Things I Learned From Writing In 10-Minute Increments

    I became a 10-minute novelist out of necessity.  Years ago when I had five kids under eight years old, I decided that it was time for me to pursue my writing dreams. I don’t know what I was thinking. I’m going to assume that it was the sleep deprivation that made me think this was possible. The more I thought about it, the more I believed I could do it. First of all, because I was a mother, I was used to the game of inches. I knew that a little bit every day makes things happen. This was true because my children outgrew their clothes. I knew this because…

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    How To Write In 10 Minute Increments The Messy Way

    My timer and I have a love/hate relationship.  Ever since I started calling myself the 10 Minute Writer, back in 2006, I’ve realized that either I’m racing against the timer, or the timer haunts me for my lack of skill and speed.  During the first minute, it’s like priming the pump, I just write words, any kind of words. During the second minute I may think of a metaphor and I get it down quickly. The third minute could be a silly stretch of the metaphor (I always want to stretch my metaphors as far as they can go). And my fourth minute is the second guessing of that metaphor…

  • 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…

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    You Could Shoot For The Moon, Or You Could Try Just Getting Out of Bed (Why Having Low Expectations Isn’t A Such A Bad Strategy)

     This post is for you if you have any of the following: 1) A schedule that is so busy that you barely have time to go to the bathroom. 2) A belief that the only way to accomplish writing goals is to have hours and hours of uninterrupted time to yourself. 3) A vision that real writers have offices with lockable doors or lonely cabins in the woods or private islands or other extreme work space.  I’d like to suggest that while you may be busy, you can still accomplish much in very small increments of time, even if it means working at your kitchen table. I also believe that…