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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: March Edition

Greetings, writerlings!

After three awesome months of Beautiful Books, a New Year's writing goals themed Beautiful People, and a Valentine's themed Beautiful People, I am here to announce that this Beautiful People is themed around... nothing. And I'm actually kind of excited about it!

While I really love doing themed BPs, I also love mixing it up and doing random questions. But first...

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:

Now go forth and answer the random questions!

  1. What first inspired this character? Is there a person/actor you based them off?
  2. Describe their daily routine.
  3. If they joined your local high school, what clique would they fit into?
  4. Write a list of things they merely tolerate. Ex: certain people, foods, circumstances in their lives...
  5. How do they react in awkward silences?
  6. Can they swim? If so, how did they learn? 
  7. What is one major event that helped shape who they are?
  8. What things do they value most in life?
  9. Do they believe in giving other people second chances? Do they have any trust issues?
  10. Your character is having a rough day...what things do they do to make them happy again? Is there anyone they talk/interact with to get in a better mood?

What's been going on in your life? How's your WIP? Here's a fun tag I saw on Twitter: describe your WIP in three words in the comments!


  1. Yay! I'm writing the post on my blog now! These are amazing question, thank you so much! And also, my WIP in three words would have to be: Introverts. Zombies. Fandoms.

  2. I linked! :) Although the themed BPs are fun, it's nice to have a normal one every once and a while. It leaves you more freedom in terms if the characters you choose, I think.

    High Fantasy WIP: Sorcery. Political intrigue.
    Dystopian WIP: Angel. Anarchy. Epic-code-names (shhhh I used hyphens it's one word.)
    Contemporary Fantasy WIP: Witches. Spirits. Covens.
    Contemporary Art WIP: Graffiti. Friendship drama.
    Steampunk WIP: Espionage. New Orleans.

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

  3. Linked! New at this, but totally enjoying it! Thanks for creating along with Cait such an awesome writing meme!

    ~L. @ Reading Against Time ♥


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