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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: June Edition

Happy June, writerlings! We're back again with another Beautiful People. Instead of a themed version, we're going to just do a random batch of questions. I hope you enjoy them! 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 to the questions!

  1. What’s their favorite place they’ve ever visited?
  2. What’s one mistake they made that they learned from?
  3. What was their favorite subject in school? Or favorite thing to learn about?
  4. What’s their favorite flower/growing thing?
  5. Have they ever made someone cry? What happened?
  6. Would you consider them a reliable or unreliable narrator?
  7. What do they dream about at night?
  8. They’ve gone out for a “special meal.” What would they eat?
  9. Do they have any distinguishing or unique talents?
  10. What’s at least one thing they want to do before they die?

How's it going, everyone? What are you writing right now? What character are you hopelessly in love with (either your own or someone else's)? What are you most excited for this summer (or whichever season it is for you)?


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