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on the power of showing up

note: I wrote this post in April of 2019 (pre-COVID). It's been sitting in my drafts for quite a while, but I think it's time for it to see the light of day. It's been helpful for me to reread over the past few months, especially as I continue to try to make an effort to write, and I hope it can be helpful to you, too. i got an invite to a writers' group a few months ago, and i had never felt like more of a fraud in my life. it had been months, if not years, since i'd felt like a writer. the proverbial well of words in my heart had dried up, it seemed, and i wasn't sure if it was ever coming back. i agreed to go out of a sense of helplessness—i'd identified as a writer ever since i could remember. if i'm not a writer, who am i?  i told myself that it was important to show up and act like a writer even when i didn't feel like one, because even though i hadn't been writing, i reassured myself, i still was a writer. but sometimes the words f

Beautiful People - April Edition

Unfortunately, Beautiful People is a bit late this month. Quite a bit of things have been preventing us from posting BP on time, including but not limited to: procrastination (on my part), new and existing commitments, and life in general.

But better late than never, as it is always said. And so it is my pleasure to present to you 10 more marvelous questions for your perusal.

But first, let us refresh ourselves on the basics. Beautiful People is a monthly blog-thing started by Georgie Penn and I. The purpose? To help you get to know your characters. If you'd like to know more, check out the very first post and the FAQ.

We've tried to make these questions neutral so you can use them regardless of genre. However, if you do write fantasy or sci/fi, try to adapt them so that they do fit your genre, or pose the question as if your character was in a modern world.

Thanks to Mime for submitting the first question! As for the rest of them, let's just say that a braindead Sky + braindead Georgie = the most interesting and random round of questions ever.

1. What is their favourite type of shoes?
2. Do they journal? 
3. What’s their favorite animal? 
4. What does their average day look like?
5. Night owl or morning person? (Optional: What time do they usually wake up? Go to bed?) 
6. Do they have a sweet tooth? 
7. What colors are their bedroom? 
8. Can they cook? 
9. What is their favorite household chore? 
10. Favorite kind of tea?

 As always, have fun! And don't forget to sign the linky below.


  1. Hey, if you ever need someone to guest the BP for a month or two, Ashley Tahg (AKA, Me) is interested.

    1. Hey Ashley! Thanks so much for your offer! I'm not sure if we'll need a guest poster in the near future. I'll have to talk to Georgie about that. However, if we do, I'll be sure to keep you in mind!

  2. Sweetness! My revision will now not suffer too much as I struggle to do a fun blog post for everyone, lol!

    Looking forward to filling in these questions :)

  3. Okay, if you're running out of ideas on questions maybe I can help think up some! Would you just like to post my submissions in the comments? :)

    1. Sure, we'd love it if you'd submit questions! You can either leave them in the comments section, or send me an email: mountainfireflower [at] gmail [dot] com. :) Can't wait to see what you come up with!

  4. It's okay if I wait till Wedensday right? And if I did March's questions (In April) should I go back and add a link to March's Beautiful People?

    (Don't mind me I'm just the curious Late commer)

    :} Cathryn

    1. Yup! It's totally fine if you wait till Wednesday. The BP posts last for 30 days (we generally try to post it the 20th of each month).

      Actually, the linkies automatically close once 30 days has elapsed, but you can always add it to the current linky, as I see you have done! My apologies for not responding sooner. :)

  5. Sky, I was wondering if it would be okay for me to do a mix-up of the previous Beautiful People questions with this one, since I've been late to post and link your previous one on my blog, but have been working slowly on it ;p. I'd like to do this one, but I feel the previous one just would work so much better with the characters I'd like to do for an interview, seeing they are aristocratic Romans from long ago and wouldn't naturally cook or do household chores!! So would it be okay if I did the interview for the previous Beautiful People and link it here?

    (I might still sometime do another Beautiful People post, using a slave :D... )

    ~Joy @

    1. Yes, Joy, that's totally fine! :D I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner, it's been a crazy week.

      Ooh, a slave. Sounds like an extremely fascinating character. :D I have yet to write a slave, though I'm sure I shall eventually. I can't wait to hear more about yours!

  6. Enjoyed the questions this round. I'm finding the BP posts extremely helpful in planning Camp NaNo this year. Hopefully, this is a good sign for this difficult novel-to-be. :)

    1. I'm glad you've found them helpful! So've I. I'm planning for Camp NaNo and I've used some of the past questions to help me with character development. It's amazing how helpful it can be to interrogate your characters. XD

      Ah, I'm so glad I'm not the only one with difficult novels. -.- I've been struggling for one of my novels (you may know it as Avary's story) for about two years. I had planned to write that for Camp NaNo, but then another idea crept in and this second idea been coming much easier. I guess it's not time to write Avary's story, but still, I wish novel-plotting wasn't so hard. :P

  7. Thanks for linking to us!

    1. Not a problem! Thank you for submitting the questions!

  8. hello, lovely. just wanted to leave a comment and say I have fallen in complete and irrevocable love with you blog. that is all.
    a fellow writer who also finds writing incredibly difficult,

    1. Aw, thank you, dear! This comment made my day. ♥ It's wonderful to meet you!

      I'm so glad I'm not the only one who finds writing incredibly difficult. Novel-writing can be so amazingly tough, can't it? I've been discovering more and more that writing is not for the faint of heart, but I do believe it's worth it.


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