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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: Books That Inspire Me

This week's A Novel Idea prompt is...
This week, tell us about the books that make you want to become a better writer. Why do they inspire you? Who wrote them? What genre are they? What is it about them that appeals to you and inspires you?

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Exactly a year ago this month, I read Since You've Been Gone on the plane ride home from Oregon. This book launched me head-first back into reading YA... and not only that, but loving to read YA. It also made me see that contemporaries could be deep and profound if I wanted them to be. Morgan Matson's writing style is a constant encouragement and inspiration to me.

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Oh man, this book, guys. It's one of my favorites ever because of the intrigue of the plot. It kept me reading. It also had a unique format and was told with interview transcripts and newspaper articles as well as prose. I was so into this book, and it's still one of the best books I've ever read. If I can write like that, I'll be happy.

The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

I just started reading this series, but already, it's become one of my favorites. The sheer talent of worldbuilding such a complex universe is mindblowing to me. Another part I admire about HP is the wonder and magic in the series. I hope I can write something like that.

Run by Kody Keplinger

This is another favorite book of mine. I read it this year, and it broke me. The friendship between the two girls was so beautiful, and the plot was intriguing. This book made me feel--and that's what I want to write like.

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

This book is such a tough read, but it's so important. The main character was relatable, and the message of this book was vital. It didn't shy away from the tough stuff. It said something important, which is something I hope to do with my writing.

This list isn't exhaustive, and I'm sure I'll think of more as soon as I've published this. But here are a few books that inspire me to be a better writer. What are yours?


  1. I am definately checking all of these out. They sound really good!!


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