#MondayMotivation – October 16, 2017

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I do all my own writing stunts.

A little bit of funny for your Monday morning inspiration. It’s important to remember that, in writing, there’s nothing stopping you. You can write whatever you want, however you want (see: I am writing this post with a kitten chewing on my arm). The best part of writing is that you can write about things that aren’t real. Ahead-of-its-time technology, functioning relationships, mythical animals and godly powers. Whatever.the.hell.you.want.

If you can dream it, you can find a way to write it. Whatever it is. And don’t stress about “it’s been done” or “what if I don’t do it justice?” or anything else that your brain is telling you is wrong about what you’re trying to write. You are the only one who can tell you story. And yes, it may take a while, it may take a LONG while to get it right, now there’s nothing wrong in getting the framework out there. The only thing that is going to stop you from telling your story is you not getting it out there. You must start writing before you can finish writing.

There’s nothing to say that what you want to write must exist in this current time. Time is always evolving, technology is constantly evolving, so if there’s something you create for your story that seems too “unreal”, remember, people probably thought that about cell phones and the Internet once upon a time. Create whatever you need for your story to make it work.

Here’s to a productive week of writing. Don’t forget to sign up for the #MondayMotivation Newsletter by clicking HEREThe next newsletter is slated to land in your inbox tonight!

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#MondayMotivation – October 9, 2017

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“Every writer I know has trouble writing.” Joseph Heller

Today’s #MondayMotivation post come courtesy of the Starbucks Trenta Iced Coffee that I am only a quarter of the way through drinking. With the way my hands are shaking, I’m assuming I’m going to regret this when I finish.

It’s going to be fine.

But anyway, back to the motivation.

If you think that you’ve been struggling to write this year, I promise you’re not alone. Personally, this year has been challenging on so many levels, and it’s really made the act of writing difficult. I can think about what I want to include in #GroundhogOne until the cows come home (is that an accurate metaphor? I don’t know. I grew up in Beverly Hills, there are neither weather nor farms in that part of California), but when it comes to actually trying to write the scenes I imagine in my head? Well, a Word Document has never been so intimidating.

At the same time, you can’t let that stop you, and I’m not about to let that stop me. If writing were easy, everyone would be a writer. You have to write even when you don’t want to, even when you’re struggling to find the words. It’s only when you start searching for the words that you figure out how to get the scene out of your head and on paper.

Sometimes, people need a plan to get back into the swing of things, and I’ve decided that I’m not about to let 2017 screw me over any more than it already has. Want to know more about what I’m planning to get back into the swing of writing and end this shit-show of a year on a high note? Sign up for the #MondayMotivation Newsletter HERE. It makes it’s regularly-scheduled return to your inbox next week.

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#MondayMotivation – October 2, 2017

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If you’re finding it difficult to find the right words today, you’re not alone. Think about those in Texas and Florida and Puerto Rico and Las Vegas and think about the things you can do to help. Everything seems so daunting and massive, you may believe that the little you can do isn’t enough. It’s more than enough, it’s everything. All positive actions make an impact.

A book doesn’t get written in a day, and recovering from these tragedies will take time too.

Here’s to a productive week of both action and self-care. Never forget to take care of yourself too. Step away when you have to. Putting yourself first is never selfish. There may be a #MondayMotivation Newsletter out tonight, there may not. Sign up HERE if you’d like.

-Kathryn, the Fake Redhead

#MondayMotivation – September 25, 2017

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You’re going to be someone’s favorite author

Hell, if you share your work with family and friends, you probably already are.

It’s so easy to get bogged down by the overwhelming fact that you’re trying to write a novel. Novels are HUGE. Writing something between 50,000 and 90,000 words (or more) is beyond difficult. There are moving parts on moving parts on moving parts, tricky plots and stuff that you may want to write, but just don’t know how.

So it can be easy to forget that there IS a light at the end of the tunnel. It may take years, but if you persevere, if you keep working and writing and editing and rewriting and editing some more and moving things around, you’re going to get to wherever you want to be in your writing career.

You have to keep going, and you have to remember that if you do, you will become one of those people who’s name is at the top of someone’s list of their All-Time Favorite Authors.

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

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#MondayMotivation – September 18, 2017

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“A villain is just a victim who’s story hasn’t been told.” – Chris Colfer

So this piece of motivation is more craft-based than getting-you-off-your-ass-and-writing-your-story-based.

When you’re writing, sometimes it’s difficult to do justice to characters you don’t like, because they are supposed to be unlikeable. I have that problem with some of the characters in the #WhoIsTalyaNightingale novel, in fact, it’s a normal problem to have.

What you need to do is remember that, likable or not, even your villains have backstory. It doesn’t have to be backstory that you overtly include in the story, but it does have to be backstory that you, as the author, know. The more you know about your character, be it hero or villain or that one character who pops up on one page early on and is never seen again, the more you’re going to be able to create a believable, rounded character who–in some cases–my exist in the real world.

You know how to do this with your favorite characters in your story, but sometimes you have to focus on the ones you don’t like as much, or you risk parts of your story falling flat, because you don’t KNOW your characters as well as you should.

And you never know what might happen once you do start getting to know some of the characters you may not have spent as much time on. There is one character in the #WhoIsTalyaNightingale universe who originally showed up in one scene, and now has aa backstory, an important role in the entire storyline, and has turned into one of my favorites (not that I don’t love say, 90-percent of the characters in the ‘verse).

Characters evolve, but they won’t if you don’t take the time to get to know them.

Here’s to a productive week of writing. Don’t forget to sign up for the #MondayMotivation Newsletter by clicking HEREThe next newsletter is slated to land in your inbox tonight!

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#MondayMotivation – September 11, 2017

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“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” – Louis L’Amour

I know I preach this a LOT (like, every week, it seems), but I do keep pointing this out because it’s SO important. You can dream about the perfect novel all you want, but if you don’t start writing, you’re never going to finish it. Sure, it’s intimidating, sure, you might be trying to write something that’s outside the current scope of your ability, but you never know until you try.

And if you DO start writing something and you realize that you, for whatever reason, can’t do the story justice or write it the way you want to, then table it for a while. There is nothing wrong with stopping for a while (keep reading, y’all) so long as you KEEP writing anyway.  Don’t stop because you run into a roadblock. Sure, it’ll suck to realize that you can’t get the story out there, but it’s not going to be like that forever.

The only way to get better at writing is to KEEP writing. My skills as an author are a FAR cry from what they were one, two, even five years ago. It’s a skill you need to nurture.

So, keep nurturing. Keep writing. Take a break and flip through some of the Writing Prompts in the Prompt Library 1-100101-200201-300 and get inspired. You never know what direction the story is going to take you.

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#MondayMotivation – September 4, 2017

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Please do not annoy the writer. She may put you in a book and kill you.

I’m definitely one of those writers, especially in my earlier works. People have been burned hard. They say, “write what you know”, but if you do that, I’d probably get into trouble. Not that my story isn’t awesome, it’s just that too many people know who’s involved with the stories for me to get away with telling them.

One day, though.

But the point that you can take to this week’s motivation is to take your inspiration literally ANYWHERE you can get it. Don’t worry about where you get it from, because it’s very likely that by the time you get your story done and polished, only the bare bones of that original source of inspiration is going to be left intact.

Writing is a process, a long one. Where you start is not where you’re going to end up, but the point is that to get to the end, you have to start, and you have to do whatever it is you need to do to make it possible to tell you story.

Here’s to a productive week of writing. Don’t forget to sign up for the #MondayMotivation Newsletter by clicking HEREThe next newsletter is slated to land in your inbox tonight!

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