Grubb walks you through the entire process, from arranging your life to fit your writing, to the nuts and bolts of good story telling, all the way to polishing and publishing your new book.
A home-schooling mother of five, Grubb writes from personal experience. She got her first novel written and published by putting her computer in her kitchen, setting timers, and fitting as many ten-minute getaways into her day as possible. Her goal was not to get it done fast (it took five years to write that first novel), but to get it done.
Being the famously bad time manager that I am, I was of course primarily interested in her techniques for getting the writing done despite life. She had some excellent pointers on assessing your life and looking for ways to streamline – such as eliminating or delegating tasks you don’t really need to do.
The primary feature of the book is a series of writing exercises in every chapter, each of which can be done in just 10 minutes. By the time you’ve timered your way to the end of the book, you should have written your first novel in just 10 minute increments!
Two more points I loved were her advice to read non-Western writers as a way to develop your writing voice, and a great questionnaire you can send to your beta readers along with your manuscript to help them read your book critically.
If you’re just getting started as a writer, and don’t have a lot of time to do it in, Write a Novel in Ten Minutes a Day will take you where you want to go. I also highly recommend the 10 Minute Novelists Facebook group, and the weekly #10MinNovelists Twitter chat on Thursdays at 7:00 Eastern.
About the Author
Katharine Grubb is a homeschooling mother of five, a novelist, a baker of bread, a comedian wannabe, a former running coward, PTSD survivor, and the author of Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day. Besides pursuing her own fiction and nonfiction writing dreams, she also leads 10 Minute Novelists on Facebook, an international group for time-crunched writers that focuses on tips, encouragement and community. She lives in Massachusetts with her family. Her new novel, Soulless Creatures, which is about two 18 year old boys, not vampires, will be released August 2015.