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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 Books: The Editing Process

The busyness of NaNoWriMo is finally over. In the aftermath, Cait and I have the third and final round of Beautiful Books! This time, we're discussing the editing process. How did your NaNo novel turn out? How do you edit an average novel? Tell us all!

How does it work? We've assembled 10 questions for you to answer about your novel (and yourself). Open a blog post, answer them, and come back to add your link to the linky. Please feel free to check out the other linkers, too! We want this to be one big party.

OH! One last thing. While Beautiful Books is somewhat themed around NaNoWriMo, you absolutely don't have to be doing NaNo to participate. Pick a work-in-progress, grab a hot beverage, and enjoy. Above all, these link-ups are supposed to be fun!


So that people can find the link-up, please link back to Cait and I, either via a text link or this fancy blog button.




And now for the questions!
  1. On a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best), how did the book turn out? Did anything defy your expectations?
  2. Comparative title time: what published books, movies, or TV shows are like your book? (Ex: Inkheart meets X-Men.)
  3. Do you enjoy working with deadlines and pressure (aka NaNoWriMo)? Or do you prefer to write-as-you’re-inspired?
  4. How do you go about editing? Give us an insight into your editing process.
  5. What aspect of your story needs the most work?
  6. What aspect of your story did you love the most?
  7. Give us a brief run down on your main characters and how you think they turned out. Do you think they'll need changes in edits?
  8. What are your plans for this novel once you finish editing? More edits? Finding beta readers? Querying? Self-publishing? Hiding it in a dark hole forever?
  9. Share a favourite snippet!
  10. What are your writing goals and plans for 2016?

How's your writing going? What are you indulging in now that NaNo is over? (I've been indulging in watching a ton of Jessica Jones.) Sound off in the comments!

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