TFR’s #MondayMotivation – Dec. 4, 2017

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The only writer to whom you should compare yourself is the writer you were yesterday.

That quote is a SUPER fancy way of saying that you really shouldn’t worry about writers who you think write better than you do or have better careers than you do, so simple reasons like the fact that they got started before you did. There is no upper limit to being a writer. You can be a writer at 10 at 20 at 40 at 80. It just doesn’t matter.

Your writing career is your writing career. There is no “standard” to follow, no “magic formula” that explains success. It happens when you work for it. And it’s HARD. There’s no hiding from that. Being a writer is hard, being an artist is hard, because everything comes from you.

What’s important is that you be proud of you accomplish, and you take pride in what you put out into the world. Nothing else matters. If you write one book every 10 years or one book every 10 months, you are still a writer. It doesn’t matter. You just have to keep going and keep persevering. Don’t follow some set of rules that you think you can’t fit into. Come up with your own rules and forge your own path as a writer. No one will tell you that you’re doing it “the wrong way”, and if they do, then they’re not telling you with YOUR best interests at heart.

Always keep writing, because that is the only way you’re going to grow your craft. I am a better writer than I was yesterday, and I am definitely a better writer than I was ten years ago. Being unpublished in the traditional sense doesn’t matter. Don’t worry about what people think on the outside, it’s about what you know and what you know you’re capable of, and striving to work past that every time you sit down in front of your computer.

As always, here’s to a productive week of writing. Don’t forget to sign up for the #MondayMotivation Newsletter by clicking HERE. The next edition should land in your inbox tonight.

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*#MondayMotivation quote found on my Pinterest Board: Inspirational Quotes About Writing

TFR’s Writing Prompts No. 416-420

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10 Pinterest Prompt Picks Vol. 23

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You know the drill, I’m not the only one out there who comes up with writing prompts, so here are some of my favorites from my  Writing Prompts board on Pinterest.

Because you can never have too much inspiration.

1

Aliens fear our metaphysical abilities, so over the years they have seen to it that our abilities have been dumbed down by many means, including vaccines, toxins in food and water, lack of training, and other methods.

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2

You’re a hitman with a conscience – before every kill, you help the victim check something off their bucket list.

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3

 

“Which way did they go?”

“Well, based on the direction of the wind, the broken sticks in the corner, and the slight disturbance in the dirt, I’d guess they went left.”

“You could really figure it out from all that?”

“No, you idiot. They sent me a text. See?”

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4

 

You live in a city full of people with powers where everyone is ranked according to how powerful they are. You can kill someone of a higher rank to obtain their rank. You rank #1 but no one knows what your power is.

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5

You were born with an odd birthmark on your face.

When an army of aliens invade, their captain bows to you and says “My lord.”

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6

 

You are an assassin.

You don’t use explosives, guns, or poison.

You are a master of the butterfly effect.

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7

Everyone on Earth was infected by a disease with no cure.

The only thing keeping humanity alive is a drug that fights the disease, but can’t kill it. When you run out of money to keep buying your daily dose, you notice something.

You’re not dead.

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8

You are a clone of a master criminal and were created to find the original.

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9

TODAY

I am happier than a seagull with a French fry.

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10

I spend a lot of time holding the refrigerator door open looking for answers.

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#OnePromptWed – Dec. 6, 2017

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One featured writing prompt from the 100 Writing Prompts by TFR Volume 1 ebook.

“Dare I ask why you’ve been on the computer every night this week?”

“You don’t want to know.”

“Oh, yeah no, never mi-”

“No, I’m not doing THAT!”

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TFR’s Writing Prompts No. 411-415

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It’s Tuesday, so here are some prompts to inspire your way to the end of the week.

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#MondayMotivation – Dec. 4, 2017

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“If I had listened to ‘the rules’ back in 1990, there would be no Harry Potter. Stories about schools are passé. 95k words is too long.”
– J.K. Rowling on Twitter on November 9

I know I’ve talked about the impact the Harry Potter series has had on my life in previous posts, but I really can’t mention it enough. It was so important to me. When I first got my hands on that book, I was not very much of a reader, but it was that book and that series that really flipped the switch for me. I started reading and imagining other worlds and I haven’t looked back since.

The other thing that I love about the Harry Potter series is that I can look at it critically, and still love it despite its flaws and issues (and my agreement that Ron and Hermione should not have ended up together). But that is neither here nor there, since the point of today’s post is really about Rowling’s tweet about rules.

Rules, as always, are meant to be broken.

Never let anyone tell you that there is no audience for your story. There is always an audience. It may not be easy to find, it might take a very long time to get noticed within that audience, but there is always an audience for whatever you work. It doesn’t have to be a large audience for you to find people who are so passionate about the stories you write.

If someone tells you they don’t think it’s time for vampires or magic or wizard schools or what have you, don’t get discouraged, and don’t stop writing your story, because you are the only person capable of telling it. Your story is not like the stories people are saying are like yours. They might have similar themes, but they are NOT your story. Write for you, not for who you think wants to read it. The audience will come with time, and there’s nothing to say that there won’t be a resurgence in your story by the time you’re done.

Nothing is static, especially not writing. One of my favorite lines from the Battlestar Galactica reboot is, “All of this has happened before. All of this will happen again.” And again. And again. And with the way there’s probably going to be a reboot of BSG at some point in the future, and again, once again, applies.

There is always space for you and your story, and don’t let anyone tell you that you shouldn’t write something. It’s your story, your choice. You can take advice, but if someone says there is no place in this world for the world you’re creating, maybe it’s a good time to not talk to them about your book anymore.

As always, here’s to a productive week of writing. Don’t forget to sign up for the #MondayMotivation Newsletter by clicking HEREThe next edition should land in your inbox tonight.

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-Kathryn, the Fake Redhead

*#MondayMotivation quote found on my Pinterest Board: Inspirational Quotes About Writing**

** Just not this one. Obviously, I found this one on the Twitter.

TFR’s Writing Prompts No. 406-410

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-Kathryn, the Fake Redhead