• Community,  Craft,  Creativity,  Interviews With Authors,  Self Talk,  Time Management

    Take 5 Friday: Five Questions To Ask Yourself

    Most of us have a good general idea of our plans and motivations. But we also have so many different things going on in our lives that it’s easy to forget to check in with ourselves about how things are going. Once we have created a system or a plan, we tend to keep trying to follow it until things go horribly wrong. However, even if things haven’t gone horribly wrong, the plan or system might still not be completely right. It might be causing us unnecessary frustration or stress just because it no longer matches our needs. If we take time to check in with ourselves and assess what…

  • Craft,  Discipline,  Motivation,  Organization,  Time Management

    Take 5 Friday: Five Steps To Make August a Great Writing Month

    August can be a strange month. Either your kids are heading back to school or you are making plans for them to head back (and this year, that might all be up in the air.)  Or maybe you are finally getting some vacation time.  Perhaps you are trying to balance a busy work day and summer fun in the evenings and on the weekends.  No matter what your August looks like, with some planning, you can help make it into a great month for your writing. Here are 5 steps to help guide your writing plans. Identify how much time you’ll have to write. A lot of the time, we…

  • Organization,  Time Management

    Working On Multiple Projects

    Once you’ve finished your manuscript what do you do next? Becoming serious about writing leads to having multiple projects on the go in different stages of production at once. Maybe a new story you’re writing, one you’re editing, another that is with beta readers or editors, one you’re preparing to launch or get representation for, and one in the early idea stages. How do you organise yourself to keep momentum on all of those?  Well, there are two main ways of doing this: you either work on one project at a time, until that aspect of it is finished, and then switch to a different project, or you schedule your…

  • Time Management

    Are Your Dreams Worth Finding the Time?

    Are Your Dreams Worth Finding the Time? Writing a novel takes hard work. It takes order, discipline, and planning. It takes courage, determination, and tenacity. Anyone can do it, even if they have only ten minutes a day. (How do I know this? I wrote a novel in 10-minute increments. Hence the name of this blog!) Sometimes we think that we also need long, uninterrupted hours, an isolated cabin in the woods, a whiskey habit and a carton of Marlboros to be a writer too. But we don’t. Sometimes we need to stop thinking about how much different our life is from the idealized writer life is and just do what…

  • Time Management

    Must-Haves for 10 Minute Novelists

    10 Minute Novelists understand that there will never be a perfect time to write, so they must make time for their goals while they can. A 10 Minute Novelist has low expectations, is not afraid of failure and thinks that there's value in starting today.

  • Discipline,  Time Management

    Nine Reasons To Write Now

    Take the now and write! Seize the day for the moment! Set your timer for 10 minutes and get all those thoughts down, all those ideas, all those words that have been jumbling around in your mind, and get them down!

  • Self Talk,  Time Management

    Top 10 Reasons To “See” Yourself As A 10 Minute Novelist

    I know that when I started calling myself “the 10-minute novelist” everything changed for me. Because I saw myself doing the little bit that I could on a consistent basis, I knew that I could handle the demands of both my life and my dream. The more tightly I clung to that identity, the easier it was to set the timer and work as I could. It didn’t take long before I had created productive habits in my life, actually finished projects and had this cool brand that served me well.

  • Discipline,  Time Management

    Time-Blocking for 10 Minute Novelists

    As I’ve done research on productivity and time management, I’ve discovered that time-blocking is a common strategy and is recommended by many. Time blocking means that certain tasks are assigned to certain times during the day or week. You probably already do this with your sleep schedule, your meals, and your commute. Why can't you do this with other things in your life?