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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

A Novel Idea: Emilie & Evyn

This week's A Novel Idea prompt is to make a collage of one of your characters. Making collages of my characters is seriously so fun, and I don't know why I don't do it more often!

Today I'm featuring two of my female protagonists, Emilie and Evyn. I originally meant to feature someone else, but when I looked on Pinterest, the pictures of these characters spoke to me, and I'm happy I chose them. Without further ado, here they are!

Emilie Gray

Emilie Gray is my accidental protagonist of Leo Andromedus Saves the World. She's Leo's best friend who narrates his story. She's probably an INTJ--very logical, rational, and deadpan--and apparently, according to this collage, she loves flowers and sparkles. Even though I wrote a whole book from Emilie's POV, I'm still getting to know her, peeling back her layers like an onion. This collage actually helped me do that! Even though Leo Andromedus was a hot mess, doing this collage for Emilie reminded me of how much about that book is still worth saving.

Evyn Turnbow

Evyn is my quiet, tenderhearted protagonist from Evanescent Fireworks. An introvert with social anxiety, she loves solitary activities, which include her cats, her laptop, and her piano. I'm not sure if she plays the ukelele, but it's entirely possible. I'm pretty sure she also has some potted plants, though her best companions are her cats--Luna is the orange tabby featured here. I love how perfectly the color scheme of this sums her up--everything about her soul is pretty much green and spring-like. 

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  1. Emilie sounds like such a fun character, and I love Evyn's collage!

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

  2. Your collages are just GORGEOUS. I feel like you've captured the very essence of your characters in them! I'm always in awe at your ability to find the most perfect pictures for your characters and stories.

  3. Beautiful! These collages are SO visually pleasing, color palette is ON POINT, and each picture compliments the last and the next. SO PRETTY! Also, I'm in love with the name Evyn *adds to list of names for future babies*

  4. I'm so glad that this helped you realize the potential of your story! (I still want to read that someday when you've revisited it. The title sounds so fun.)

    These were both adorable collages. :)

  5. They both seem like fun, love the collages!


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