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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

Writing Exercise: What's on Your Character's Bucket List?

Dreams. We all have them, and I'm pretty darn sure our characters do too. When writing with one of my friends, one of the characters asked his friends what they wanted to do with their lives, and whether there was anything they'd wanted to do since they were little.

One of my characters, Eli, wants to put a lock on the Love Lock bridge in Paris.

(I don't know if this is the Love Lock bridge. My point still stands.)

I thought this was a really interesting question, and it got the wheels in my head turning. (Thank you so much for that, Caroline!) So, here's my question that I pose to you: what's one thing your character has always wanted to do? What's on your character's bucket list?

Just so you know, this is not a test -- it's more designed to get you thinking. I know some people aren't keen on bucket lists; if that's you, just try thinking about something they'd do if money and time allowed, or one of the things their soul wants more than anything else, or something they've wanted to do their whole lives. You can even do more than one character if you'd like. There are no right or wrong answers, but I do want to hear them! Tell me what you come up with in the comments!

(And, I suppose, if you'd like a bonus question after answering that one, you can tell me what's on your bucket list, too. ;))

*scheduled because of wisdom teeth recovery, ladedadeda, all that jazz. miss you lovely readers already!


  1. Emma, (My MC,) just wants a friend. She has never had a meaningful, strong friendship before & that's her dream.

    I want to be on the best-seller's list!! I want to write a great work of literary art that will be read and loved by many!! I also want to have several hundred Blog Followers... LOL! :)

  2. One of my characters, Grace, has scarcely dared to dream of it, but someday she wishes she could have a big library, full of hundreds of books, like the rich people do.

  3. Logan (My MC) has always wanted to have a daughter. A close, loving family in general would be great, but especially a daughter.

    I want to have my books turned into (good) movies ^^ That would be crazy exciting =P


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