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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 2017: How's the Writing Going?


Hello, writerlings! It's NaNoWriMo 2017, and to celebrate, it's time for another round of Beautiful Books to discuss our novels!

Beautiful Books is hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and myself. It's a three-month long event focusing on your novel, whether it's for NaNo or otherwise. In October, we focused on plotting and introducing your novel. In November, we'll be focusing on the writing process and how NaNo is going. And in December, we'll be focusing on editing and how you think your book turned out!

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, let's discuss the nitty-gritty details of your novel and the writing process (plus, if you're doing NaNo, how you're holding up this month!).
  1. Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?
  2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?
  3. Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?
  4. What do you love about your novel so far?
  5. Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?
  6. What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?
  7. What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!
  8. How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?
  9. What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?
  10. What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?



How's NaNo (or writing in general) going, my fellow writers? Sound off in the comments!

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