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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

Welcome to Beautiful People! We're back with a bunch of random questions to help you understand your characters better. But first, here's the 411 on Beautiful People...

What is Beautiful People?
Beautiful People is a blog meme hosted by myself and the ever-awesome Cait @ Paper Fury. Every month, we post ten questions to help you get to know your characters better. They can be elusive and enigmatic, but we hope every question we post brings you closer to the answers about your wonderful beautiful people (your characters). 

How do I join?
Just jump in! Snag the questions, post them on your blog, and come back to add your link! I also recommend checking out the posts of the other participants. It's a great way to make new friends.

Please also give Cait and I a link back--whether through a regular link, or these shiny blog buttons:

You can also check out our archive and our FAQ.

And now for the questions!

1. They’re in a crisis: who would they really like to see right now? 
2. Are they easy to get along with? 
3. Who was the last person they had a deep conversation with? 
4. They’re in the middle of a huge crowd of people: how do they feel? 
5. Do they believe in luck or miracles? 
6. Do they like and get along with their neighbours? 
7. If they could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go? 
8. How do they feel about their body? 
9. What is the cruelest thing someone has ever said to them? How did they react? 
0. What’s the kindest thing someone has ever said to them? How did they react?

Now go forth and answer these questions!

How beautiful he is.

How's your writing going?


  1. The Thor gif - cracking up over here. I had a ton of fun doing this month's questions! I mean, I usually have fun doing BP, but these ones somehow brought out some things I hadn't contemplated yet. Which is always awesome, you know.
    I used my secondary protagonist (who's either the villain, or just an anti-hero, depending on how you look at it.)
    Thanks again for doing this with Cait every month!
    - R @ Wordsmithing and Worldbuilding

  2. Is there going to be an October edition?

    1. Yep! It's a little late, but it'll be out on the tenth! It's an introduce-us-to-your-book type thing. :)


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