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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: Author Edition


I've been swamped, but my 2014/2015 post is coming SOON. Until then, I've got a new version of an old link-up to share with you!

That's right, folks. Beautiful People is back after a long three-month break. I know, I know, we promised we'd do both, but Beautiful Books was such a success that we just decided to let BP rest for a while. But now it's back, and better than ever.

However, Beautiful People has a twist this month! We've spent the past three months talking about things other than characters. So  to segue cleanly from one meme to another, we're doing Beautiful People: Author Edition. This month we want to focus on you lovely people! (Er, beautiful people, see what I did there?)

But first, what is Beautiful People? It's a monthly link-up hosted by myself and Cait from! Together we've joined forces to help you get to know your characters better. Every month we ask 10 questions about your characters. You take these questions, answer them on your own blog, and then come back and sign the linky. It's great fun!

We also ask that you link back to Cait and I, either with a printed link or one of these fancy-schmancy blog buttons.

For this month's version, we'll be focusing on you as writers. Often we can get lost behind our characters, so today it's all about YOU. Rejoiiiice!

And now for the questions.
  1. How many years have you been writing? When did you officially consider yourself a ‘writer’?
  2. How/why did you start writing?
  3. What’s your favorite part of writing? 
  4. What’s your biggest writing struggle?
  5. Do you write best at night or day?
  6. What does your writing space look like? (Feel free to show us pictures!)
  7. How long does it typically take you to write a complete draft?
  8. How many projects do you work on at once?
  9. Do you prefer writing happy endings, sad ones, or somewhere in between?
  10. List a few authors who’ve influenced your writing journey.
  11. Do you let people read your writing? Why or why not?
  12. What’s your ultimate writing goal or dream?
  13. If you didn’t write, what would you want to do?
  14. Do you have a book you'd like to write one day but don’t feel you’re ready to attempt it yet? 
  15. Which story has your heart and won't let go?
Take those questions, copy and paste 'em, and head on over to post them on your blog! And don't forget to check out the links of the other participants. It's a great way to make new friends!

Go forth, writerlings! Tell us about yourself with reckless abandon. I'll be waiting.

How is 2015 treating you so far?


  1. I must do this. And I SHALL do this. That is confidence. And I have plenty of confidence. Time is another matter entirely. *sigh*

    ...Okay, not all. >.>

    Yay Beautiful People! I am totally doing this! (I actually already did but I have other posts I have to post first so that one won't go up for a couple weeks. *shifty eyes*)

    YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME. *sends love and chocolate*

  3. Is it okay if I post January and February on my blog this month? Sorry I'm late it's been a hectic first month!

    1. Totally fine, Chloee! Can't wait to see your answers!


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