Sunday, March 19, 2017

4 & 4k: A Gratitude Journal for 10 Minute Novelists

The More You Look, The More You See

Fast or slow, Facebook and Twitter are fluid. Miss a day, and the posts have been buried in the latest share or comments. Even if you do remember which post you were interested in, the search engines are problematic and imprecise.

So it is good to know that there are some places that don't really change. Head on over to the 10minutenovelists website (remember, Google is your friend). That is where you will find a host of articles covering a variety of writerly topics.

There is a new a post every single day of the week. You read that right. Every weekday. Topics range from Creativity to Craft, from Community to Writing Prompts, and my favourite, Beautiful Words.

Thursdays are usually where you will find Guest Posts. These are chance to hear some of the greats and the up and coming in the writer's craft. Since January, the Friday posts have been reserved for the Drabble competition. Go. Go now and read some of the most creative takes on three phrases and one hundred words. I am always amazed at the breadth of the approach of these.

And that is only on the FIRST PAGE! There is a wealth of information and encouragement here. There is the ubiquitous author's page, of course, plus the links to her craft book (Write and Novel in 10 Minutes a Day) and two (and counting) fiction books.

But the Jewel in the Crown is a short page entitled "Want to Write a Novel? Start HERE!" This page gives it all away. Here is the 10-step approach (note that I didn't say easy) that tells you how to do it. This is the core of her craft book and the core of the whole concept. Beware though, because you are going to be pulled and stretched, and a lot of bad habits will likely be broken. Enter if you dare (to become the best writer you can be.)

Take a few minutes and sign up for the feed, and get to know the site that Writer's Digest labelled as on of the top 101 Writing Sites of 2016!

Rounding out today is a Drabble by Christine Hennebury (who has a pretty awesome website of her own. Again, Google is your friend):

We met on Twitter, Katharine and I.
Two dangerous dames, both deadly with a timer.
It could have been an epic battle of words but, instead, we became allies of wit and word. I joined the legion of 10 Minute Novelists and now I stand atop the two million words I have written and shout her praises.
‘All Hail Katharine Grubb, the Duchess of Determination! Long may she reign.’
Katharine has not just created a Facebook group, she has created a space where anyone can see that 10 minutes is enough when you believe in the power of your words.

(Christine Hennebury lives in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, she's a thinker of things and a maker-up of stuff who likes helping everyone be more creative.)

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