#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.

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10 Pinterest Prompt Picks Vol. 18

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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

“How have you not killed him yet?”

“He pays me not to. Weekly.”

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2

‘She died doing what she loved: swearing profusely.’

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3

“Sometimes memories are the worst form of torture.”

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4

“Don’t tell me how to live my life!”

“You’re a ghost.”

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5

It’s blood, not nuclear waste. Chill out.

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6

I have neither the time nor the crayons to explain this to you.

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7

1 universe, 8 planets, 7 seas, 7 continents, 809 islands, 204 countries, and I had the unfortunate luck of meeting you.

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8

“FBI, open the door!”

“No, it’s cooler when you break in.”

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9

Aliens abduct a human but the human is a serial killer and he’s less than amused.

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10

“Well, this is a nice change of scenery.”

“It’s a prison cell.”

“I was being sarcastic.”

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#OnePromptWed – Sept. 13, 2017

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One featured writing prompt that might or might not be from an upcoming ebook of writing prompts.

“You don’t remember the last twelve hours and I wish I didn’t remember the last twelve hours. What a pair.”

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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.

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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10 Pinterest Prompt Picks Vol. 17

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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 suspect your ancestor changed his name.

Now what?

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2

“Who were you before the war?

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3

The child was learning the dark arts alongside her mother.

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4

The saying “lost souls” isn’t just figurative; after death, some souls are literally lost.

A scientist has just invented a soul lighthouse.

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5

We all go a little mad sometimes.

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6

“Burn it all.”

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7

“But I never asked for a horse!”

“I used my brilliant powers of assumption”

“Don’t you mean deduction?”

“No”

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8

I have no time to fight with egos and small minds.

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9

She suspected she married the wrong man.

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10

You create a robot that tells you whether something you say is true or false.

To test it, you ask if you are human.

“False.”

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#OnePromptWed – Sept. 6, 2017

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One featured writing prompt that might or might not be from an upcoming ebook of writing prompts.

“It’s dark out.”

“Ah, yes. With the ever continuous rotation of the earth around the sun, how could that possibly happen?”

“It’s two in the afternoon.”

“Oh. That is weird.”

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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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-Kathryn, the Fake Redhead

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