This month 10 Minute Novelists is celebrating our first anniversary. To make it even more fun, we’re asking our group members to post what the group means to them. Today, Michele Mathews shares what she’s learned since being a part of our group!
A few months ago I saw a Facebook friend had joined a group called the 10 Minute Novelists. As a curious person, I clicked on the page to see what it was about, and within a few minutes, I clicked to join the group. I’m so glad I did that.
For the last few months, I have been encouraged and supported with my writing. Everyone in the group is so helpful and always willing to give an opinion, share a link, and so much more.
Each day we have something new. Like on Mondays, we have Monday blogs so we can share a link to our blog posts, and everyone can see what we have written. On Tuesdays, we have Buddy Day and Top 10 List Day. We can ask for help on whatever writing we are working on, and we can post a link to our blog of our Top 10 list. On Wednesdays, we have Author Happiness Day. We can share something good that has happened to us the past week. Fridays are for new members to post an introduction.
I love how we have each of these days to share whatever the topic is. I usually share my blog post on Monday. I mean why wouldn’t I? It’s free promotion! I even put the hashtag so that it is found on Twitter easily. Of course, I link to Twitter so it should be seen there anyway.
Speaking of Twitter, we have chats there on Thursdays. I have joined a couple of times, but Twitter is harder for me to do. Chats also happen on Sunday and Monday afternoons at 3 p.m. on Facebook. I have learned quite a bit in the Facebook chats, and I always try to participate as much as I can. Sometimes the chats are not topics I know well so I tend to lurk more. However, when I do comment, I never feel like I am being judged.
Aside from the daily themes and the chats, I decided it was time to kick my freelance writing career into gear. I have been struggling financially for the past few months, and I can’t live like this any longer. I always seem to have excuses for not writing, and I haven’t done much writing these past few months.
What did I do? I joined the 365K Club that 10 Minute Novelists started. We have been divided into teams of seven or eight people. My goal is to write 1000 words a day since I want to prove that I can write every day, or, at least, get a routine going so that I will sit down and write.
I thought this club was such a great idea. I need something to get me motivated. I certainly can’t do it alone as the past few months have not seen much writing from me. So far I’m not doing too bad. Only three or four days in which I didn’t write a word. A few days of less than 1000 words, but at least I wrote something that day, right?
I typed the first part of this guest blog post as part of a sprint. I have never done a sprint before, but it is actually kind of fun. I typed to see how many words I could get down on paper, or in my case, this computer in 15 minutes.
Before we started this sprint, I was chatting with the gals on my team. The captain asked how we were doing, and when I said okay, she asked if she could help me out in any way. I told her I was feeling overwhelmed and need to get organized. The organizing is all on me, but how nice of her to ask!
I belong to other writing groups online. One group is helpful. We can ask writing, publishing, and marketing questions, but we don’t get to know each other like this group does. We don’t get to share our personal victories because the group is more impersonal, or, at least, I think it is. Don’t get me wrong. I love the information I have gained from the other group and have actually used some of the advice I have read and been given.
So what does the 10 Minute Novelists group mean to me? We are like a good group of friends or, even perhaps, a family, and we are all writers in various stages of publishing books. We get to know each other and our writing. We share our victories on Author Happiness Day and cheer each other on.
Best of all, they encourage and support me no matter how many words I put down on paper or in my computer each day. And I’m not put down because I didn’t hit my daily word count or asked a stupid question. Everything matters in this group.