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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: September Edition (Villains!)

Welcome to the September Edition of Beautiful People! And actually, this time is a pretty special edition, too! But more on that later.

First, what exactly is Beautiful People? Beautiful People is a blog meme for writers that's designed to help you get to know your characters. It's hosted by myself and Cait @ Notebook Sisters (she's awesome). Every month we post ten questions for you to answer about your lovely characters (your *ahem* beautiful people). You then go forth and post these on your blog, and link them up on either Cait's blog or mine so we can all see your posts! (You can do it privately too, but the primary design of this is a link up.)

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And now for the great thing about this month that I hinted upon--this month we're focusing on your villains! Whether it's the truly evil mastermind or simply someone who gets in the way of your protagonist, tell us all! (And perhaps sit your villain down and have a little chat about good vs. evil in the process. But actually, don't do that, because then you'll be out of a plot.)

The following questions were submitted entirely by the blogger Bound and Freed, so major thanks to them for their amazing questions!

1. What is their motive?
2. What do they want, and what are they prepared to do to get it?
3. How do they deal with conflict?
4. Describe their current place of residence.
5. If they were writing this story, how would it end?
6. What habits, speech patterns, etc. are unique to them?
7. How do they show love? What do they like to do with/for people they love?
8. Do they have any pets?
9. Where would they go to relax/think?
10. What is their weapon of choice? (FYI: words, eyes/looks, and fists count as weapons, too.)

Now, go forth, and introduce us to your favorite villain of choice! May you get to know them even better. But be careful as you scour for more information about these dastardly characters--lest they stab you with a spork. (How was my semi-pirate voice? I'm not sure what that was, actually.)

Don't forget to sign the linky! (Edit: Of course, it helps if I actually get the linky code to work. It's here now. Sorry about that, guys.)


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