The only thing Write a Novel in Ten Minutes a Day won’t do is write your novel for you. Other than that, Katharine Grubb carries her readers on a step-by-step process that covers every stop on the writing journey. This book explores every stage starting with a novel that’s little more than a dream and ending with how to find a publisher.
As I made my way through the first chapters, I thought this book would be a journal of sorts, something to complement my “real” writing and get the creative juices flowing. Little did I realize that the author was subtly getting me into the habit of writing 10 minutes a day (sometimes multiple sessions) to prepare me to eventually delve into the full-fledged novel work.
Grubb covered so many aspects that I don’t feel I can do them justice. But here is a small glimpse of some of the topics addressed: planning, finding your voice, story and plot, characters, point of view, scenes, dialogue, opening lines and hooks, writing, revising, and much, much more.
The author makes this book personal by sharing her own journey toward learning to juggle writing around a husband, kids, and homeschooling. But if you don’t fit any of those categories, don’t worry — neither do I — this book still has plenty to offer. Because, at the end of the day, everyone has a life, responsibilities, and demands on his/her time and attention. It doesn’t matter whether you are a full-time writer or balancing it in around a job, a family, etc., Write a Novel in Ten Minutes a Day is a great resource.
Needless to say, for the sake of this review, I couldn’t dedicate the time required for a book like this. However, I now intend to go back through it at a slower pace to ensure I absorb everything I possibly can from its pages.
Review copy provided by the author. Thanks!