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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: Evanescent Fireworks in Three Words

This week's A Novel Idea prompt is as follows:
This week, describe your novel in three words. Get creative. Tell us as much about your story as you can in those 3 little (or big!) words.
I'm also jumping into this week's prompt early for once! Huzzah.

This week, I decided to feature my most recent WIP, Evanescent Fireworks. Set in the south, EF is a novel about Evyn Turnbow, an introvert with social anxiety, and the band of three boys who help pull her out of her shell. It's currently sitting at about 24k, and it's one of my favorite books I've written. I want to get back to writing it, so I decided to feature it for ANI this week. Without further ado...

Evanescent Fireworks in three words:
Light. Adventure. Freedom.

All of these words either sum up the aesthetic of the book (a really spring, greenish type of novel) or else Evyn's personal journey. It really helps solidify EF's theme and what I want this book to convey. This was a challenging prompt but a good one. 10/10, would do it again.

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