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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

Beautiful People is a blog meme started in March of 2011 by Georgie Penn and myself. It went on hiatus in 2012 and as of June 2014, started up again with a new co-host: Cait @ Paper Fury, who helped me run it until 2018.

Beautiful People, often abbreviated by me to BP, was a blog meme designed for you to get to know your characters. Every month, we posted ten questions for you to answer about your characters. If you wanted to participate, you'd simply choose the lucky character of your choice, answer the questions about them, and post it up on your blog. You were also welcome to use the questions as a private character development resource as well. While Beautiful People is no longer running, we have quite an extensive archive of questions, which is still available for your use. Enjoy!


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