When I first came to the 10 Minute Novelist group I wasn’t sure I would be a good fit. Ten Minute Novelist. What did that mean?
Write a novel in only ten minutes a day? Sure.
Use ten-minute intervals or snatches of time every day? Yes.
Or was it for writers like me who can only sit still for ten minutes at a time? Of course.
What I found was a community of writers trying to fit in their passion for writing into any bit of time they could carve out of an already busy schedule.
I found an honest group of writers muddling through the process of writing and publishing and fulfilling their dreams.
I found people willing to share what they were learning in the process.
I found people who can laugh together as they share an invisible table of snacks via the internet.
I found both experienced and inexperienced authors offer words of wisdom.
I found people not afraid to speculate on possible answers to impossible problems.
I found authors who celebrate each other’s successes.
And I have found friends.
I found people who have prayed with me and over me when my husband died suddenly last October.
I found people who purchased my novel to show support.
I found people who sent tweets out and Facebook messages to promote my book because I couldn’t.
I couldn’t find words that didn’t lead back to the pain I was experiencing. I couldn’t find joy in writing, but my 10 Minute Novelist friends spurred me on. Held me up.
And they reminded me through their support what writing is all about. It’s about sharing our life stories. It’s about creating happily ever after endings if we choose even if they may not match reality. It’s about inventing or reinventing ourselves as we move through life. It’s about appreciating the power of the printed word. It’s about losing yourself in a world you create, at least ten minutes every day.
Rebecca Waters left her position as a professor of teacher education in December 2012 to actively pursue her writing career. She shares her writing journey in her weekly blog, A Novel Creation. Rebecca has published several freelance articles including two submissions in the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Standard Publishing’s Lookout Magazine, The Christian Communicator, Church Libraries, and Home Health Aide Digest. Rebecca’s debut novel, Breathing on Her Own, was released on March 24, 2014 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.