#MondayMotivation – August 21, 2017

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Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein

Okay, so this isn’t exactly WRITING specific, but it’s not NOT writing specific. If you’re not having fun, there’s a good chance you’re not going to put out your best work. Unless you do well doing something you don’t want to do out of spite, but that’s not my point. If you’re not having fun writing a story, then there’s probably something in it that you need to address, likely an issue that you need to rectify.

Sure, there’s always that desire to get things done, push through until you’ve reached the end, but if you’re not having fun, that story isn’t going to have a very good ending. Take your time, go back, and figure out the problem.

As Jessica Chastain says in The Martian, “Work the problem.”

Look at the #WhoIsTalyaNightingale novel. It’s far from the first story I’ve ever started, but it IS one of the few I’ve finished. I sunk more than two years into writing and developing the story and the universe it lives in because it’s FUN to do it. I’m SO excited to see where this story and series is going to take me.

So like I’ve said, you have to do something that you enjoy, write the story that you WANT to write, not the one you feel you HAVE to write.

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#OnePromptWed – Aug. 16, 2017

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One unedited sentence that might or might not be from an upcoming ebook of writing prompts.

“I just find it impossible to believe that you and I have absolutely nothing in common.”

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#MondayMotivation – August 14, 2017

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“Here’s the thing: The book that will most change your life is the book you write” -Seth Godin

Or, a book that goes unwritten never gets published. If you’re a first-time author (or, as I prefer to call it, an unpublished author), there’s no way you’re going to get yourself an agent if your novel isn’t finished yet (it works a little differently for published novelists, but I digress). And if you’re trying to get an agent by shopping around an unfinished or unpolished manuscript: don’t. Stop what you’re doing, do not pass go, do not collect $200, and finish your book.

You MUST finish your book before it can BE a book. And once it is, that’s when your life changes. You have to follow the right steps the right way. Like everyone says, you have to walk before you can run. Same with this.

Not sure what you’re doing or how to go about it? Drop a line and ask. If I don’t know (which, I mean, I don’t know everything, so I probably don’t), I’ll point you in the general direction of where to go to find the answers you need.

Just write. Just finish. And take your time. The only deadlines are the ones you place upon yourself, and–like I said, this applies to unpublished authors–don’t freak out if you don’t make it. Life happens. Do what you need to do, and eventually you’ll find you’ve reached the day, whatever day that may be, where your novel is both finished AND ready for the world.

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10 Pinterest Prompt Picks Vol. 13

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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

Many years ago, the daytime skies had been clearest blue…

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2

“I’m just doing what the fortune cookie said. Who am I to stand in the way of fate?”

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3

He set fire to the world around him but never let a flame touch her.

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4

After waking up in a daze, I found no reflection in my bathroom mirror.

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5

Being a vampire is a pretty good deal – unless you get turned as a child..

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6

“What do I get if I win?”

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7

“Is there something wrong with me?”

“Yes, but it’s the same thing that’s wrong with all of us”

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8

I learned how to fly against my will.

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9

The only people I owe my loyalty to are the ones who never made me question theirs.

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10

Someone drops their wallet on the street. You pick it up and are about to return it, but then you see it contains a surprising photograph…

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#MondayMotivation – August 7, 2017

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“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” – Ray Bradbury

Sometimes, reality can be a steaming pile of crap. If you’re a writer, then doing just that can be a perfect form of escape. Lord knows I dove head-first into #WhoIsTalyaNightingale to get through some of the work-related stress going on in my life (which was also a little crazy, since I did it by way of NaNoWriMo during literally the busiest month of my life back in 2015). I never said I knew WHAT I was doing.

I did drop off the face of the blog the last few weeks, because other than a few highlights, July just sucked. Also, I was busy and completely overestimated my capabilities to post as usual while hiking 70 teenagers through the Malibu wilderness (did’t know Malibu HAD wilderness? Surprise!).

On the flip side, I have been inspired to take a dive into a new novel, which I am currently calling #GroundhogOne, as it is to the tune of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story meets Groundhog Day. Trust me, I know what I’m doing.

Maybe.

But anyway, if you want updates on #GroundhogOne, hop on over to the Twitterwhere I will likely end up whining ad nauseam about what possessed me to start writing a story that may or may not work on a linear timeline. It’s my most complicated storyline so far, but I think I’ve gotten to the point where I CAN write it.

That’s another thing. Sometimes you may think of a plot that you don’t currently have the ability to appropriately reflect on the page. There’s nothing wrong with that, just like there’s nothing that says you have to write THAT story right NOW. Take your time, and don’t rush it. Who knows, I may end up shelving #GroundhogOne for a while after I start writing the second (through eighth) book in the #WhoIsTalyaNightingale universe. The future is unknown to us all, but I know mine is going to include a LOT of writing.

Here’s to a productive week of writing. Don’t forget to sign up for the #MondayMotivation Newsletter by clicking HEREThe newsletter makes its triumphant return to your inbox tonight! It will feature a little background on the inspirational process behind #GroundhogOne, and how I actually figured out the plot to its sequel (#OneVendetta) FIRST.

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#MondayMotivation – July 24, 2017

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What to do when inspiration strikes: make the most of inspiration and prep for when it’s nowhere to be found.

Since I’ve spent most of my life working in and around college sports, there’s one thing I know when it comes to basketball: it’s a game of runs. And these runs do trade off. One team isn’t going to have a monopoly on the entire 40-minute game. It just doesn’t work like that.

And it’s the same with writing. You’re never going to write a book in one sitting. Life doesn’t work like that. You’re always going to find scenes that you’re just not inspired for (for me, see: fight scenes). Like the quote says, you have to take advantage of moments when you’re inspired. When you’re not inspired, what I like to do is go back to a scene that DID inspire me, re-read it, and start writing whatever comes to mind.

Find what works for you. It’s not always going to be easy, but it’s always going to be worth it.

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10 Pinterest Prompt Picks Vol. 12

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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

“Wow. The stars sure are beautiful.”

“We’re lost in a wasteland.”

“Well, excuse me for looking on the bright side.”

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2

She’s always had a rebellious streak.

She gets it from her mother, no doubt.

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3

If you knew what I had planned, you’d hate me.

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4

The ghost silently led the young woman to a long forgotten room.

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5

“It works fine. It just screams a little.”

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6

Ten years sat on her with all the weight of a century.

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7

“We can’t have a crisis – My schedule is already full.”

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8

I saw something in the woods last night.

And it saw me too.

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9

“It’s like I don’t even know you anymore.”

“No. You didn’t know me before.”

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10

“I am the thing that every nightmare fears: proof that morning comes.”

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