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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: Childhood Edition

Happy June, writerlings! It's almost summer, and I honestly can't believe it. Come back, 2016--where are you going? (Stop, I don't want to chase you, this isn't funny anymore.)

For your summer relaxation, we have prepared a list of Beautiful People questions focused on your character's childhood!

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:

And now for the questions!

  1. What is their first childhood memory?
  2. What were their best and worst childhood experiences?
  3. What was their childhood home like?
  4. What’s something that scared them as child?
  5. Who did they look up to most?
  6. Favourite and least favourite childhood foods?
  7. If they had their childhood again, would they change anything?
  8. What kind of child were they? Curious? Wild? Quiet? Devious?
  9. What was their relationship to their parents and siblings like?
  10. What did they want to be when they grew up, and what did they actually become?
Let's chat! What are your plans for this summer, writing or otherwise?


  1. I almost forgot about this, I better start writing.

  2. Word of mouth got me here and WOW, I'm so excited to take part! Thank you! Looking forward to getting to know everyone's characters :D

    1. Ooh, I'm so excited to have you join up! Thanks so much for commenting!


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