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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: Couples Edition

Hello writerlings! Happy Valentine's Day! In honor of this holiday, we've whipped up a special edition of Beautiful People for you all that's focused on couples! Pick an OTP (one true pairing) from your WIP (work in progress) and you'll be good to go!

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. How and why did they meet?
  2. What were their first impressions of each other?
  3. How would they prove their love for each other?
  4. What would be an ideal date?
  5. Is there something they emphatically disagree on?
  6. List 5 “food quirks” they know about each other. (Ex: how they take their coffee, if they’re allergic to something, etc….and feel free to mention other non-food quirks!)
  7. What’s one thing they know about each other that no one else does?
  8. What’s one thing that they keep a secret from each other?
  9. How would their lives be different without each other?
  10. Where do they each see this relationship going?

So how's your 2017 going? How's your February? Your Valentine's Day? How are you in general? How is your heart (at risk of sounding totally cheesy)? Tell me all. ♥


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