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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: Sibling Edition!

And we're back! For this time's Beautiful People, we're focusing on siblings! (Or characters with sibling-like relationships.)

But first, what is Beautiful People?

Beautiful People is a blog link-up hosted by myself and Cait @ Paper Fury. Every month, we post 10 questions for you to answer about your characters to get to know them better.

How does it work?
You take the 10 questions and answer them to the best of your ability. Post them on your blog, then come back and link up with us here! Feel free to check out the other participants' posts as well! It's a great way to make new friends. Note: For this edition, we're focusing on siblings, but if you don't have any sibling characters, feel free to use characters that have a sibling-like relationship.

Also, please link back to us, either with a text link or with this blog button:


1. What is the first memory they have of each other?
2. Describe their relationship in 3 words.
3. What kind of things do they like to do together?
4. What was their biggest fight?
5. How far would they go to save each other?
6. What are their pet peeves about each other?
7. What are their favorite things about each other?
8. What traits do they share? Mannerisms, clothing, quirks, looks, etc?
9. Who has the strongest personality?
10. How does their relationship change throughout your story?


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