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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: July Edition (About the Author)

Hello, writerlings! We're back with a new edition of Beautiful People! This time, in honor of Camp NaNo, we're doing a Beautiful People featuring YOU! We want to know all about you as a writer this month. You can introduce yourself to the world, and maybe you'll get to know yourself in the process! I can't wait to show off the shiny questions this month. 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:


Note: Photobucket changed their plan and made the previous version of the blog buttons broken, so you'll have to save and download them to your blog this time. Sorry for any inconvenience!

And now to the questions!*

  1. How do you decide which project to work on?
  2. How long does it usually take you to finish a project?
  3. Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?
  4. What time of day do you write best?
  5. Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?
  6. Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?
  7. What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?
  8. Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?
  9. What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?
  10. Describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif!
* Thanks to Twitter for inspiring question #10!


How's writing going this month, my friends? Are you participating in Camp NaNo? Sound off in the comments!

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