#MondayMotivation – July 17, 2017

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“I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” – Shannon Hale

Seriously, how many times have I said that first drafts exist to be terrible? Okay, so maybe not in those words, but it’s not like I’m wrong. The process of completely writing a story from start to finish is the ultimate challenge for a writer, and you just have to power through. You’ll always have bits and pieces of that original draft that are fantastic and you have to take the motivation and the feelings you get from those bits to get through the sticky parts.

Keep going. It’s not going to be easy, sometimes you’ll want to scrap hundreds or even thousands of words (DON’T DO IT, SERIOUSLY), but the fact that you put words to paper means that you’re leagues ahead of everyone who hasn’t even started.

Remember that. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so just work at it until you get your story to where it needs to be.

Here’s to a productive week of writing. Don’t forget to sign up for the #MondayMotivation Newsletter by clicking HEREVolume Six will land in your inbox tonight!

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-Kathryn, the Fake Redhead

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Author: TheFakeRedhead

A life-long college sports fan and forever bitter about the country's east coast biases, Kathryn, the Fake Redhead, graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Creative Writing, emphasis in poetry because she felt the fiction studies emphasis was too pretentious. She is currently helping other writers hone their craft while she pursues her dreams of becoming a published novelist.

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