Ten Minute Trick Pony -Writer’s Fun Zone

By CBramkamp Newbie Guide 4 Comments on Ten Minute Trick Pony -Writer’s Fun Zone

Many authors and students have difficulty starting their projects. For students, often the problem is they aren’t terribly inspired by the topic. I don’t blame them for feeling stuck. It’s difficult find motivation in broad topics like, say, global warming. Once you’ve created a slide showing that poor polar bear swimming in the melted waters of the Arctic, there isn’t much else to say.

But you have a word count requirement, a blog that is due, a white paper, due Sunday. And it’s Sunday. What do you do?

Read here to find out.


Catharine BramkampWrite anywhere, even if your mother is hovering around you taking photos of you “working”.

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  • Eric
    Posted on December 12, 2015 at 1:24 am

    Hello, I’m new to your site but am enjoying all the content you offer newbie writers. Something about me: My career has been in IT so technology and at least technical writing is not new to me. I’ve have filled many roles in my IT career including web development for large corporations. Having said that I must compliment you on your choice of a website theme. Your website is really nice. My creative writing journey started October 1st of 2014. I took the 30 day writing challenge from Jeff Goins which lit a fire in me. Most people don’t realize how much they write in their lifetimes without ever publishing. Can you imagine keeping a tally of all words you ever hand wrote and all emails and blogs until your seventies or eighties. My God we would all have written many novels.

    That October was the first time in my life I ever wrote 12,000 words. I didn’t know how easy it adds up when you write just a few hundred every day. It started a habit which inspired me to write a novel. So I looked online for inspiration. I read blogs, looked at photos of all kinds, read what others had written and paid attention to how they wrote it. Then I sat down and started typing. Yeah I know no outline. Once my mind started thinking creatively it would jump from the beginning to the middle or the end and back. I had to get my thoughts down. I was afraid I would forget them.

    So my novel has been and still is a work in progress as of November of 2014. I’m still working a day job until I can make enough from my writing to replace it which will take time. I want to take advantage of the many tools Amazon offers indie authors when it’s ready. Until then I’m taking writers training classes, watching videos and learning from authors like: Joan Dempsey, K.M. Weiland, and Joanna Penn.

    I have no money. Can’t even pay for a class that costs $120.00. Can’t pay for a professional book cover or pay for an editor. I’ll have to use crowd funding for those when it’s ready. Until then I keep at it.

    I know that being an indie author is a long road but a journey of 1,000 miles always begins with the first step.

    I look forward to listening to more of your podcasts and reading content. Hope to hear from you.

    Congrats that your an established writer. I’m happy for you.



  • CBramkamp
    Posted on December 12, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Hey Eric,
    Thanks for reaching out to us! I’m impressed with what you created so far. And the best thing to do is keep doing it! Inexpensive options to help writers is to join a local or on-line writing group, join a critique group: you read their work and they help you with yours. same for an editing exchange, maybe you can trade editing with another writer. And of course, listen to the Newbie Writers Podcast!

  • Eric
    Posted on December 12, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Thanks, did you read some it on my Blog? I have a freebie one chapter called Heric the Immortal. I really had fun writing it. Originally wanted it to be the first chapter of Shadow of Shaldorn but was told not to by another writer. It would have made the book a time slip novel. There are several chapters for Shadow of Shaldorn on my blog under the Nav NaNoWriMo.


  • CBramkamp
    Posted on December 12, 2015 at 4:14 am

    I’ll take a look. Thanks!


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