#MondayMotivation – June 19, 2017

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Writing is not like dancing or modeling; it’s not something where–if you missed it by age 19–you’re finished. It’s never too late. Your writing will only get better as you get older and wiser. If you write something beautiful and important, and somehow the right person discovers it, they will clear room for you on the bookshelves of the world–at any age. At least try. – Elizabeth Gilbert

I wrote an awesome novel in my mid-twenties, but that doesn’t remotely mean that I haven’t been writing for YEARS before I was inspired to start in on the #WhoIsTalyaNightingale universe. Do I wish I wrote it years ago? No. I could not have written it to the standards that I currently hold when I was 18. Or 20. Or 23.

Just take your time and keep writing. Your words will come no matter how old you are. Keep going, and it will come.

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The twice-monthly, behind-the-scenes newsletter that features writing motivation where I break down inspirational quotes from major writers and explain what they mean when they put the words they use in that order. I also give insights into the writing prompts and writing tips that I post to the blog (where do they come from? Honestly, I still don’t know), and … maybe sneak in some peeks into my future projects (which yes, includes #WhoIsTalyaNightingale news, when there is news to tell).

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10 Pinterest Prompt Picks Vol. 7

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Switching things up this weekend (because I do what I want…and also have a lot of things to do), so the regularly-scheduled Writing Tips post will be on the web tomorrow.

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

You and he agreed on three meeting places in the event of a disaster. You’re about to enter the last one.

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2

“How old are you?”

“Um.. I think about 376. You see, I was murdered a long time ago so it’s hard to remember the exact date.”

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3

She wiped the blood from her cheek and picked up the sword.

His eyes followed her blade as she pressed it against her neck.

“Don’t. Move.”

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4

“This coffee tastes weird.

“That’s probably because it’s not coffee.”

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5

It is what we feared.

We have a dreamer among us.

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6

“Why are you such an ass?” The words came out before I could think twice.

“Everyone has to excel at something, right?”

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7

The panic and chaos actually made pretty good cover. I don’t think anyone saw us transform…

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8

“No, I said we were safer, not safe.”

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9

“You need an ambulance.”

“No, it always looks like this, I swear.”

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10

The CIA mistakes you for a double agent. However, what they don’t know is that your brother is the one they are looking for.

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10 Pinterest Prompt Picks Vol. 6

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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

You can be brave and still be feminine

You can lead and still love flowers

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2

“You’re special,” she smiled, tucking a lock of golden hair behind the young girl’s ear.

“I get why she chose you.

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3

“If we get arrested, it’s your fault.”

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4

“When did you come in? I didn’t see you.”

“Last night.”

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5

How do you destroy a monster without becoming one?

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6

“Did you just drug my cake?”

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7

“You only heard his side. You don’t know the truth.”

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8

“That is a terrible, horrible, incredibly foolish idea. Let’s do it and see what happens.”

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9

A man receives a package in the mail from his brother who died 17 years earlier.

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10

“I”m going into the woods to scream for a while, anybody wanna come with?”

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#MondayMotivation – June 12, 2017

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Grammar, spelling, and punctuation will always be important. Do not neglect them!

I make zero effort to hide how important editing is. And while the above quote is definitely true, don’t let your pursuit of perfection stop you from getting the words out in the first place. I can’t convey how important it is to just get the words out in the first place. The rest will sort itself out in editing, so don’t worry.

Just write.

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

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Writing Tips Roundup No. 5

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Catch up on the last four writing tips posts

5 Cliches To Avoid In Your Story
It’s my birthday, so I’m going to spend 2,000 words talking about cliches in literature that need to stop.

2 Things NOT To Do When Sharing Your Work
These things might feel instinctual, but they won’t serve you well in the long run.

4 Reasons Why You MUST Wait Before Moving On Your Manuscript
I am one of the least patient people on the planet, but if I can understand how crucial it is to take time away from your work, anyone can.

1 Way To Add Depth To Your Story
Circling around back to ‘show, not tell’, because I still think it’s super important.

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1 Way To Add Depth To Your Story

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Write What You FEEL

Because of reasons, I’m going to dive back into the importance of “show, not tell”.

What are the reasons? Well, I’m not going to talk about it because I don’t want to traumatize my readership, but if you hop on to my Twitter and scroll back a few days, you’ll see some nooooooooooo gifs with the hashtag #AllTheBoats.

That’s my vague reaction to what I was suffering through, and what inspired me to draft this post.

Ugh.

Moving on.

Showing, not telling is CRUCIAL for your story.

Why?

Well for me, I’m incredibly stubborn.

You can’t just TELL me to do something or TELL me to feel a certain way. Especially if I don’t respect you (and as an author our job is to build respect with our readers), I’m probably either going to NOT listen to you or very vocally demand that I get a viable explanation about why you think whatever it is is important for me to do or think.

When it comes to writing, it is your job as an author to make your readers BELIEVE in what you’re showing them.

And to make your readers believe what you believe, you have to SHOW them. You can’t just tell them what to do or to feel. If you do, then they’re not going to get very far in your story.

So, click the Continue Reading button for some tips on how to infuse more SHOW into your story so you can take your readers on a ride in a way that encourages them to keep turning the page.

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