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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: July Edition

Good day to you, writerlings, and happy summer!!! Cait and I are back with another random assortment of questions for your character development! Dig right in and get to know your beautiful people.

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. Do they want to get married and/or have children? Why or why not?
  2. What is their weapon of choice? (It doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical weapon.)
  3. What's the nicest thing they've done for someone else, and why did they do it?
  4. Have they ever been physically violent with someone, and what instigated it?
  5. Are they a rule-follower or a rebel?
  6. Are they organized or messy?
  7. What makes them feel loved, and who was the last person to make them feel that way?
  8. What do they eat for breakfast? 
  9. Have they ever lost someone close to them? What happened?
  10. What’s their treat of choice? (Or, if not food, how else do they reward themselves?)

How's your summer going? What are you writing? Are you doing Camp NaNo? Tell me all!

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