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The Best Of: TFR’s Writing Prompts

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Four months ago today, I started posting my original writing prompts.

In honor of that, I have compiled more than FORTY of my post popular prompts into an easy-access FREE eBook! Click the big red button to claim your copy!

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And now, the top-five most popular prompts from these past four months:

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Sunday Six – May 28, 2017

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Six unedited sentences from the upcoming Part Forty Three of You Will Find Your Way

She finally unfolds her legs, but when she tries to get back to her feet, Dallas’ ankle gives out and she tips forward, almost lands chin-first in the gravel. Mathias catches her before she can split her face open, tugs her back and grips her side until she steadies.

The space between her shoulders itches. Dallas swipes her hand back, wincing when her shoulder pops when she wraps her fingers around the hilt of her blade.

“It’s not glowing,” Mathias grunts as his fingers curl around her wrist. “Calm down.”

Previous Sunday Sixes
May 21 and May 7 and April 30 and April 23

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4 Reasons Why You MUST Wait Before Moving On Your Manuscript

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The Waiting Game

Rome wasn’t built in a day, you guys, and the plans weren’t drawn up that quickly either.

Note how the header to this post says that you “must” wait before making any moves on your manuscript.

Noted?

Awesome.

Because I used “must” for a reason.

I didn’t say “should” or “it’s recommended” or anything along those lines where you have an option.

You DON’T have an option. You MUST wait.

Now, who am I to tell you what you should or shouldn’t do with your work, especially since I’ve spent the last, what, five and a half months giving you recommendations with the caveat of, “but also, you do you.”?

Well, I am a writer.

Says who? Says me.

And as a writer, I am brutally aware that I am too close to the #WhoIsTalyaNightingale manuscript. That’s a fact, and it’s normal. When you spend as long as I have writing a book (while also planning…a large number of other novels that fit into a shared universe), I have no choice but to get close to what I’m working on.

If you’re not close to your work, you don’t love it with a fiery passion of a thousand and a half suns, then maybe you should take some time to reconsider what you don’t love and…fix it. (You should always want to love your work, and if you don’t, then you’re probably not going to finish it to your satisfaction).

But with loving your work and wanting it to potentially get it published someday, you have to measure your expectation and with that means finding ways to step back from your manuscript when you’re done with the first draft.

And also, if you’re thinking about reaching out to agents after finishing one draft,  then STOP. NO. THAT’S NOT HOW IT WORKS.

What agents want presented to them is a manuscript that is COMPLETED (beginning, middle, and ending with all the scenes and transitions and fight scenes that apply) and POLISHED.

And what does ‘polished’ mean?

Polished means edited.

Want to know how many drafts the #WhoIsTalyaNightingale manuscript underwent before I deemed it ready for querying?

Five.

I completed FIVE. FULL. DRAFTS of just ONE story. A story that is probably going to undergo MORE revisions before it becomes an actual book.

Sounds insane?

While I AM a perfectionist, it’s really not.

But in order to get from Draft One to Draft Five, I took breaks.

And you should too.

So, click the Continue Reading button for four reasons why taking breaks between edits of your manuscript is CRUCIAL to your success as a writer.

Continue reading “4 Reasons Why You MUST Wait Before Moving On Your Manuscript”

TFR’s Writing Prompts No. 171-175

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Five prompts to kickstart a productive weekend of writing.

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Inspired? Click on a prompt, leave a comment and let me know!

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10 Pinterest Prompt Picks Vol. 3

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I really love alliteration. And ridiculously long titles.

There’s still no news from You Will Find Your Way this week, because I’m knee deep in #WhoIsTalyaNightingale manuscript stuff and a couple other projects in progress, so here are some of my favorite prompts from my Writing Prompts board on Pinterest, the one where I collect pins from the far reaches of the website to provide MORE inspiration.

Because you can never have too much.

1

The goldfish liked custard cremes. That was the first clue.

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2

You’ve trained your entire life for this battle and now as you look up at your opponent, you realize you’ve made a horrible mistake

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3

Your lifelong friend has a knife in their hand, and is slowly advancing on you.

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4

The evil super villain and the hero are siblings. They still have dinner at mom and dad’s for the holidays

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5

They want me to kill you. But I can’t do it. Believe me, I’ve tried.

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6

“You keep pointing that gun at me and blabbering on about how much you’ve been wanting to kill me. I’m beginning to doubt your commitment…”

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7

I’ve never thought it was abnormal, until I learned about what other people considered a child.

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8

“I told her I’d save her a seat in hell!”

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9

“I can see it in your eyes. The panic. What’s gotten you so scared?”

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10

The day the river started flowing backwards, it took us a half hour to figure out what was wrong.

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14 Words

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One unedited sentence (plus a little more) from the upcoming Part Forty Three of You Will Find Your Way

“Don’t read anything out loud,” Giselle turns her glare to Hilda. “That means you.”

Previous #1LineWed Posts
May 17 and May 3 and April 26 and April 12 and April 5

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TFR’s Writing Prompts No. 166-170

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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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Inspired? Click on a prompt, leave a comment and let me know!

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Written yourself into a corner and need advice? Check out the Writing Tips page for more resources.

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-Kathryn, the Fake Redhead

#MondayMotivation – May 22, 2017

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Dedicated to everyone who wonders if I’m writing about them.

I am.

Look, it really doesn’t matter where your inspiration comes from, as long as you’re inspired by something.

Which leads to one of my many favorite quotes from 2001’s A Knight’s Tale:

I will eviscerate you in fiction. Every pimple, every character flaw. I was naked for a day; you will be naked for eternity.

Both those quotes are me. Don’t test me, yo.

Here’s to a productive week of writing. Don’t forget to sign up for the #MondayMotivation Newsletter by clicking HEREVolume Three will land in your inbox coming up on Monday, June 5.

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