10 Minute Writer

Confessions of a Busy Mom Who Became an Independent Novelist

We Have More Time Than We Think

I used to temp.  I used to go from office to office doing whatever was needed.  It was a great way to get to know my new city (Boston) and a great way to write, because often, all I did was answer phones and receive packages.   I decided that I shouldn’t waste my time [...]

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Finding Ten Minutes Tip #8: Plan Your Laundry

Some things are a fact of life.  Death and taxes come to mind first.  But really, aren’t dishes and laundry up there too? Laundry, especially, is a law, like gravity.  I will never be caught up. As long as there are people in this house, there will be dirty clothes. So, why do I let [...]

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Free Write Friday: Ten Minutes of Cross-Training, The Three Line Scene

Picture, if you will, a football player taking ballet lessons.  Laughable? Yes.  Shrewd? Definitely. The football player knows that cross training can strengthen his skills. So, for today’s free write exercise, I’d like to suggest a little cross training too, especially for writer who doesn’t do dialogue.  Below I’ve listed ten first lines of scenes. [...]

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To Write Well Is To Worship

My new friend, Shannon, the Prison Chaplain, recently wrote this:  I remember telling a friend about my “need to have it” things regarding writing: a spiral-bound-at-the-top notebook, a particular fountain pen, and blue, not black, ink. She responded that it sounded like my own altar, a sacred space that I created. She was right.  Oh [...]

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My Writing Journey: The Third Ten Minutes

My freshman year at the University of Oklahoma found me in an identity crisis.  Everything that I knew about myself was knocked out from under me. I was left reeling in despair. The first thing to go was my success and accomplishment.  No professor, it seemed, was the least bit impressed with my small town [...]

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The Tactile Writer: Thinking and Feeling At The Same Time

Over on Susanne’s blog, I am kind of blown away by her writing preferences.  She likes a hand-carved pen her husband made and sepia ink.  Wow.   My first thought was, “Well, now.  I can’t certainly be a real writer.  I’ve never even seen sepia ink!” But Truth comes a-kickin’ that thought right out of my [...]

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Finding 10 Minutes Tip #7: Crock Pots, Rice Cookers and Bread Machines

When my husband and I were first married we had hopes for a big family.  He told me that when baby number three arrived, he would do everything he could to make sure I had help, like a nanny or a maid or something along those lines.  It didn’t quite happen like we planned.  Only [...]

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The 10 Minute Writer Writes for 45 Minutes.

 I had this gushy inspirational blog post all perfectly written a few minutes ago and something happened.  I pushed a button and it disappeared.  My techie husband didn’t know what happened either.  So, now I have to start all over again and throw the timer out the window. What prompted it was a post by my [...]

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Free Write Friday: Your Dream Project, (Or Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together)

I’m waiting for a call. The call is from the FOX Network.  They are calling me because they want me to write the next Simpsons Movie.  It’s really Pride and Prejudice.  (Please, bear with me.) I have thought this completely through.  Darcy is Homer.  He is standing next to the buffet when he sees Lizzie [...]

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Finding 10 Minutes Tip #6: Purging Your Blog Roll

My down time (oh, yes, there is a little) is spent in front of my computer, eating.  (My husband, the Tech guy, hates it that I spread crumbs or goo on the keyboard.)  Because of all of the vast reading material available to me, I can lurk and dawdle and fritter away my afternoon pretty [...]

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