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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 Books #3 + 2017 Writing Goals

Hello writerlings!

Sorry for the lack of Beautiful Books this December. Cait and I got extraordinarily busy, and we blame it entirely on the holidays. All of us need a break every now and then, so we decided to take ours unexpectedly--we apologize for our lack of warning on that!

We're back now with the final installment in this year's Beautiful Books! However, we usually do a New Year's themed Beautiful People in January, so this month we're combining the two. So, we present our hybrid of editing + writing goals! Enjoy.

But, naturally, you may have some questions about this.

Do I have to be doing NaNo to participate? Absolutely not! While the general format is suited well to writers doing NaNo, we want this blog link-up to be for everyone! Just pick a work-in-progress and you'll be good to go. Come one, come all!

How does it work? The format is really similar to Beautiful People. Each month, we'll be posting 10 questions, except this time for you to answer about your WIP (or yourself!). You'll take our 10 questions and answer them on your blog, then come back and link up here! And don't forget to go around and read the posts of the other participants--it could be a great way to make friends!

What about Beautiful People? Beautiful People will be back! But for now, show your WIP some love! There’s always the archive if you get the itch to do BP as well.

So... what do I do? Sit tight and read the questions Cait and I will post, then use them to help you think through one of your novels! Then link back, and overall be your awesome self! Also, if you want to share this with your friends, we aren't at all opposed! Making this one big party would be really cool.

Don't forget to link back, either via a text link or this fancy blog button.

This month's questions:

  1. What were your writing achievements last year?
  2. What’s on your writerly “to-do list” for 2017?
  3. Tell us about your top-priority writing projects for this year!
  4. How do you hope to improve as a writer? Where do you see yourself at the end of 2017?
  5. Describe your general editing process.
  6. On a scale of 1-10, how do you think this draft turned out?
  7. What aspect of your draft needs the most work?
  8. What do you like the most about your draft?
  9. What are your plans for this novel once you finish editing? More edits? Finding beta readers? Querying? Self-publishing? Hiding it in a dark hole forever?
  10. What’s your top piece of advice for those just finished writing a first draft?

How were your holidays? How are you? Any cool presents for Christmas? What are you writing? Sound off in the comments!


  1. ah, so you are Sky. I was wondering who is the second host. Yes, I never read the links. Good job. I agree chocolate makes the world go around, comments help to

  2. The linky says it's not accepting any more links for some reason, but here's mine:


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