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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

A Novel Idea: All About the Writing Process #2

My inspiration for blogging suddenly went poof, so that's where I've been the past few days. But here I am, back again and ready to conquer the world!

I have 4 hours left in the linky for A Novel Idea this week, so I'm barely sliding under the wire. This week is about us, the writers. At first I thought they'd be difficult to answer, but they were surprisingly easier than I thought.

If you haven't heard of A Novel Idea before, it's a blog meme by Ashley @ Ashley Aspires. There are weekly questions for you to answer about your novel, your characters, and yourself. It's really awesome and never fails to get my writing and blogging juices flowing. Do check it out when you get the chance!

And now, my answers for this week!

1. What is something you find really difficult about being a writer? 
Consistency. It's only in the past few months that I've decided to actually pick a project and stick to it. It's hard work, guys! I never knew how hard it is to actually finish a novel. Over and over and over again. And once you're done with the first draft, you must edit; over and over and over again. It's such a hard job. But fortunately and unfortunately, I can't stop.

2. Where do you see yourself in 10 years, writing-wise?
Hopefully, published? But if not that, then at the very least querying.

3. If you could pick one literary character to meet, who would it be and why? 
Lucy Pevensie! Followed with a close second by Mr. Tumnus, for some reason. (I wanted to put Tony Stark here. Do comics count?) All three of these characters are very dear to me--Lucy and Mr. Tumnus for childhood reasons, and Tony Stark as a reflection of who I am and what I like now. It's hard to explain just how much I love them. They're not really characters anymore; they're more like friends.

4. What is your favorite thing about the writing process?
New stuff! (And being inspired for writing in general.) But I like getting new ideas and fleshing them out. Which is probably why I have a hard time staying consistent and working on the same project. Getting a new flow of inspiration, whether for a new project or an old one, and making a Pinterest board and plotting it out is the best. It is only rivaled by the feeling of actually finishing a novel. Finishing novels is awesome. Writing is awesome!

And thus, that concludes my answers for this week. Check out A Novel Idea, hosted weekly by a blog near you!

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  1. I would say comics most definitely count toward literary characters! And Lucy and Mr. Tumnus <33 I adore them.

    I get caught up in planning and letting ideas flow too. Writing feels like magic when that happens. :)

  2. Ugh, consistency is the worst. I think that's what I most fail at too.


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