• 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?

  • Craft,  Creativity,  Discipline,  Motivation,  Organization,  Time Management

    Writing by the Season: Get Your Words in All Kinds of Weather

    If you find that the changes from season to season throw off your writing plans, it might be because you are fighting the seasons instead of trying to find a way to embrace those changes. When I was in University, my friend Bill used to joke that when the spring semester ended he was going to take off his watch and ‘live by the seasons.’ I think he was mostly kidding but the phrase has stuck with me for over 25 years now. I love the idea of changing your habits and the rhythms of your days to reflect the different seasons  – seasons of the year or seasons in…

  • Discipline,  Organization,  Time Management,  Uncategorized

    Burst That Bubble: Grounding Your Expectations In Reality

      by Christine Hennebury Do you base your writing expectations on work habits or on your dreams?   I’m sure most of us hope that our books or stories will become immensely popular and provide riches beyond measure. I’m not going to burst that bubble for you. (Who am I to say if that can happen for you?)   The dream bubble I want to burst is the one that keeps you floating just long enough before it dumps you in the zone of discouragement.   You know the one that I mean. It’s the dream of writing 10,000 words a week when you can only fit in one thirty…

  • Craft,  Creativity,  Discipline,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  Self Talk,  Time Management

    Flicking the Switch: Activate Writer Mode!

    by Christine Hennebury Thanks to Katharine’s terrific example, we all know that 10 minutes a day is enough to keep your creative life chirping along. But do you find it a challenge to make good use of that short period of time? Do you find it hard to stop your regular life and activate your writer mode? When my kids were small, I really struggled with that transition. I had lots of ideas but even when I had *time* to write, I couldn’t get much on the page.  And now, even though my kids are teenagers, I still sometimes have trouble switching into writing mode.  I know that Katharine has…

  • Perils of a Mom Writer,  Time Management

    How Delegation Makes You A More Organized Writer

    by Katharine Grubb When my two older daughters were very small, they asked me to play with them. I agreed. We were playing”house” after all, and I knew this game. Or at least I thought I did. “I’m the Mommy,” my 4-year-old daughter said.”Miranda is the Daddy.” She pointed to her 3-year-old sister. “Who will I be?” I asked. “You can be the maid.” Did they demonstrate they understood the concept of delegating responsibility or were they just typecasting me? Okay, so my family, at least my small children, are used to seeing me do much of work in our house. Your family has probably been used to you working…