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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: REPRESENT




If you read my post from last week’s FMF link-up, you’ll remember that this past weekend I took my 17-year-old daughter on a spontaneous, whirlwind girls’ trip to New York City for an event that was the perfect trifecta of her loves in life.

We got to be in the same room with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Danai Gurira, the woman who plays Okoye in Black Panther.

I agreed to the trip at very short notice and stressed all week about where we would stay, how we would get where we wanted to be, and all the other logistics involved.

I went to spend time with my daughter, but not only for that.

I went to make memories with her during her senior year, but not only for that.

I went because my mom would’ve done it for me, but not only for that.

I really went for this:

My girl’s comment on Lin-Manuel’s Instagram post after the event . . .



SO worth it, right?

During their conversation after the show, Lin and Danai talked about they didn’t see the roles and characters they longed to see on stage and screen when they were growing up . . . So they decided to write them themselves.

As a writer, I found it so encouraging (and challenging) to realize that whoever you may be trying to reach — survivors of abuse, widows, veterans, single moms, those suffering with terminal illness, unbelievers — someone is waiting to see themselves represented by your words and what you have to offer.

Keep writing.



Don’t miss these three opportunities for writers: 


1) The annual 31-Day Writing Challenge starts next week Saturday!

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2) Registration is now open for the upcoming Inspire Summit, happening October 3-6!

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You are not going to want to miss this.


3) Last but not least, this year’s Genius Blogger’s Toolkit is now available!



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