Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Another first Wednesday of the month, proving once again just how fast time flies. As usual my blog calendar is marked off for the Insecure Writers Support Group, and this month I am reposting my most popular blog post (according to blogger stats) Minnie has some words of wisdom (Minnie-isms) to share with you. I do not always agree with Minnie but one thing is for sure, she is the least insecure “person” I know of.
Rules for Being a Writer by Minnie:
1.       Be true to yourself. There is no point in trying to be a copycat.
2.       Dress yourself in the style you are comfortable in, not what others tell you. This is YOUR fashion statement!
3.       Go somewhere new and exciting every day, even if it is only in your mind.
4.       If you are going to write bullshit then you should be prepared to get bullshit back. In other words, be prepared. Know what you are writing about.
5.       Not everyone is going to like you. Who cares? You don’t like everyone either! There is always someone out there that will like what you write, so don’t give up looking.
6.       If the water is too deep then learn how to swim. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or learn a new skill.
7.       Practice makes perfect. Don’t expect a magic genie to appear and do all your work for you.
8.       Sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses. How you get to the finish line is more important than when you get there.
9.       Too many weeds strangle a garden. Get rid of weedy words and unnecessary flourish so the reader can better enjoy his journey through your story without getting Poison Ivy.
10.   Remember there is always a beginning, middle and an end. Stay on the path and don’t get distracted. Most of all….WRITE!
Want to see what others in this group have to say, check out the Insecure Writers Support Group.
Now that Minnie got all that off her chest, I have some news for you. My blog tour with the Norse Gods celebrating the release of my new book, Secrets of the Ash Tree, starts next week on Monday October 7th. Also, there will be a Norse Gods birthday blogfest(Co hosted by Capt. Ninja himself, Alex Cavanaugh) and giveaways all week so make sure to sign up and stop by! Here is the schedule:


So What do you think of Minnies rules? All signed up to party with Captain Ninja and the Norse Gods?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Number five is so true!!

Yolanda Renee said...

Congrats on winning a copy of Murder, Madness & Love - send me your address and I'll get it shipped out. (

Looking forward to the Birthday Party!

Great rules!

Christine Rains said...

Great and wise words, Minnie!

Murees Dupé said...

Congratulations with releasing your book. That is an amazing achievement. I think Minnie is one smart woman and her advice rocks!

Siv Ottem said...

Alex- Minnie thinks number five is a good rule as well :)

Yolanda- I am looking forward to reading it! I sent the address to your publisher already.

Christine- Minnie can be smart sometimes. Now she is still pouting over the lack of turnup for her last gibberish game.

Murees- Thank you! Minnie is flattered and sends you a big kiss :)

Huntress, aka CD Coffelt said...

'stop and smell the roses' is a vital one for me. Gotta stop, go for a walk, mutter to myself, then start back on the scene that was giving me trouble. Usually it works itself out by the time I return.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Sis,

I LOVE MInnie's rules ESPECIALLY number 3!

Looking forward to next week! It should be awesome! I am so honored and THRILLED to start off the festivities!

I'm planning a busy writing weekend, just for this event! Still playing catch up, but I have managed everything I had set out to do so far. BUSY, BUSY, BUSY... SO many intros, so little TIME....

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I love Minnie's rules -- especially #4! Actually all of them made me smile or laugh out loud.

I'm looking forward to October 8th and 9th! Happy Early Mutual Birthday, Siv!

J.L. Campbell said...

I'm loving number 9, Siv. :)

Siv Ottem said...

Seems there are a lot of different popular numbers. Glad you guys like Minnies rules! Looking forward to next week with my favorite three guys know who you are!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

How you get to the finish line is more important - that is so true.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Great tips from Minnie. Thanks again, Minnie, for your insight and wisdom!

M Pax said...

So many days I wish for that genie, but he/she never shows. Never give up. Never be satisfied with yourself. In that, I mean keep an open mind and keep learning.

Charmaine Clancy said...

This is why I wear my Wonder Woman costume when I sit down to write ;)

Ella said...

This is great Siv! Minnie rocks~
Damn genie he kinda looks like Tim Gunn. I saw him in my dream and you know what he said, "Make it work!"

Carole Anne Carr said...

Just love Norse mythology,touched upon this in my latest children's book, should sign up for the blogfest but have a book to finish... sigh... will read the blogs, anyway.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Great advice, Minnie. The Norse Gods blogfest looks awesome. I'll check it out!

Morgan said...

Can't wait for the festivities!

And the top ten is fabulous. Spot on points, Siv. :)

Tonja said...

I think those rules are very sensible. :)

I re-follow with my new ID.

Suzanne Furness said...

Yay for Minnie - you know I am a fan!

Thinking about my Norse Blogfest post at the moment.

Arlee Bird said...

Minnie is no dummy. She knows what she's talking about when it comes to writing.

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