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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#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

2 Things NOT To Do When Sharing Your Work

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Sharing Your Work Doesn’t Have To Be Scary

I’m going to talk about a bunch of different things today, including taking a small dive into fandom. If you’re not so familiar with that, just bear with me. I have a point, I promise. This post also features a story about my sixth-grade science teacher, aka the first person to realize that 11-year-old Kathryn needed glasses.

Aren’t I just full of stories today?

So, here you are. You’ve spent for-freaking-ever writing your story, it’s awesome, you’re super proud of it, and now it’s time to share it with the world.

Daunting, right?

Well here’s the thing: sure, it is daunting, but you can’t let it drive you crazy. Far and away, no matter what you do and what you write, you are going to hear more positive things about your work than you will the negative.

But yes, you WILL also hear negative things. That’s just a fact of life.

You have to remember that you wrote your story for you, and while you will undoubtedly find others who will also enjoy your work, it’s NOT going to be for everyone. It’s just not.

And even though you can make your work as appealing to as many audiences as possible, you’re still going to get people that just aren’t interested. There are people out there who don’t love Harry Potter, but you don’t see J.K. Rowling crying into her diamond-encrusted iPhone over it.

Or, you know, the Divergent books. Not my cup of tea. It’s the cup of tea for a LOT of people (hence why it ended up being a movie series, though let’s not talk about how that ended, because that’s another story entirely and has very little to being an author and sharing your work.), but it’s just not up my alley.

Hmm, how many metaphors can I make about liking things in this post? Hint: probably a lot.

So yes, sharing your work can be scary, but click the Continue Reading button for the two most important things that you should NOT do when you share your work. These things can almost feel like the instinctually CORRECT response, but they’re really not and it won’t serve your overall confidence in the long run.

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10 Pinterest Prompt Picks Vol. 2

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I still 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

If you can’t wake up from the nightmare,

Maybe you’re not asleep.

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2

6 Minutes.

That’s all the time I have.

6 minutes until the pain is over, 6 minutes until I finally die.

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3

“Where is she?”

“I think she went in the air vent again.”

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4

The king had made her his queen, despite knowing this would start a world wide war.

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5

The upstairs bathroom was missing.

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6

We don’t need to control him, we need to unleash him.

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7

“Sir, we’re surrounded”

Excellent, we can attack in any direction!

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8

I didn’t know what I would do. I didn’t even know if he would be there. I didn’t care what happened.

I just wanted to see blood.

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9

She was on the floor still, not destroyed, but getting there.

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10

“Get out of bed”

“NO!”

“Why do you fight me every single morning?”

“BECAUSE YOU NEVER LEARN!”

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TFR’s Writing Prompts No. 156-160

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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!

Looking for more? Check out the Prompt Library.

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

Flashback: Naming Characters Is Hard, Yo

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Back in December, I wrote a post about the train of thought I went through to name one of my new characters. It is and continues to be one of my favorite posts (read the original), so here we go again:

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From December 23, 2016

Today I’ve decided to take a break from the usual What I Wrote Today post for this little foray into why writing is so hard, in a post I call:

A Selection Of Real If Somewhat Ridiculous Reasons Why I Passed On Names In FOUR Different Character Name Generators For A Male Character In My New Side Project

Or

Why Naming Characters Is Definitely Harder Than Naming Hypothetical Future Children

Here we go:
Doesn’t fit the character.
Person I know.
Person I hate.
Sounds like a toddler.
Person I really hate.
Sounds like a f*ckboy.
Well-known Harry Potter character.
Person I know.
Doesn’t fit the character.
Sounds like a f*ckboy.
Even bigger f*ckboy.
Family member.
Just, no.
Character from a show I hate.
Same name as one of my student-athletes.
Character I hate on a show I like.
Parent of a former student-athlete.
Colleague.
Colleague.
No.
Definitely sounds like a f*ckboy.
No.
That’s a planet.
Fester? What is this, the Addams family?

And some more….
Roar is a sound.
Colleague.
Former student-athlete.
Too old-timey.
Name of a character I’m already using somewhere else.
Name of a colleague my friend at work REALLY hates.
I prefer to use that name for female characters.
That’s the name of my colleague’s nephew.
Sounds like a f*ckboy.
I know someone with that name who just got fired.
That’s an emotion.
Already using that one somewhere else.
No, I’m not writing Game of Thrones.
Name of someone who pissed me off a couple years ago.
Name of one of my student-athletes.
Is a f*ckboy on a tv show I like.
That’s a city with un-drinkable water.
That’s a Power Ranger.
Shares a name with a shitty football player.
Former student-athlete.
Too old.
That’s a body part.
That’s a famous X-Man.
Harry Potter’s godfather.
Same name as my former boss.
Harvard’s top weed dealer in 2009.
Guy who called me fat in elementary school.
Hell no.

But yes, I finally did settle on a name that fits the character I’ve dreamed up, so at least there’s that.

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