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note to self: i’ll be there for you, always

written june 6, 2021. Photo by Kristine Cinate on Unsplash I have always looked for myself in other people. I think the idea was that they would somehow hold the pieces of me that I felt were missing. That maybe, if I wrapped my identity up in theirs enough, we would somehow make a whole person. It's not healthy to live like this, but I did it anyway — burning through relationships and searching for something I couldn't quite name. It was never enough, not to be myself, but it was never enough to latch my identity to other people, either. I got close, several times — I thought I had reached the pinnacle of self discovery. I thought I had completed myself. But in the end, relying on other people to help build yourself is never a viable way to do things. It's only recently that I've started to become comfortable with the idea of being enough, as I am, on my own. Several years ago, in this same position, I would have searched for another person to attach my identity onto,

Beautiful People: Favourites Edition (And Farewell for Now)

Greetings, writerlings! It's been quite a while since we've done a Beautiful People link-up! We're so excited to be back to provide you with another round of character development! We also have an announcement, so please read all the way through for that. But first, you may be wondering...

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!

This brings me to the saddest part of the post, which is that Cait and I have both realized it's time to put Beautiful People on an indefinite hiatus. I'm sure you've noticed that there's been a lack of BP posts, and that's been due to lack of time and ability on both of our parts. We came to the mutual conclusion that it would be best to end Beautiful People, for now, with the intention of reconvening in a year and seeing where we are then. However, please don't despair! We've built up a huge database of questions throughout the years that BP has existed (for SEVEN YEARS NOW, my goodness!), and the Beautiful People archive will always exist. You can always reference back to our list of questions (which I will try to work on updating) or scroll through the category on my blog if you ever find yourself pining after BP.

But from the bottom of my heart, thank you for all the love you've given Beautiful People, folks. I started Beautiful People all the way back in 2011 on a complete whim, and it's been so amazing to see it grow and flourish, and that is all thanks to you. I have loved seeing the community of writers that it's created, and I'm grateful for every single one of you that's participated. Thank you.

Phew! Enough sappy stuff! Let's get to the questions! This month's batch is dedicated to favourites: both your favourites in your writing, and favourite questions that Cait and I have had from BP over the years. We hope you enjoy!

  1. Favourite genre to write in?
  2. What book (a real actual published book!) do you think your character would benefit from reading?
  3. Favourite piece of dialogue you’ve written?
  4. What did your character want to be when they grew up, and what did they actually become?
  5. Favourite character name(s)?
  6. What makes your character feel loved, and who was the last person to make them feel that way?
  7. Favourite character you’ve ever written?
  8. If your character were permanently leaving town, what would they easily throw out? What would they refuse to part with? (Why?)
  9. Favourite tropes to write!
  10. Which story has your heart and won't let go?
  11. Favourite relationship between characters you’ve written?
  12. Toni Morrison once said, “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” What are the books that you want to see more of, and what “holes” do you think need filling in the literary world?
  13. Favourite pinterest board / aesthetic for a book?
  14. Favourite time periods & settings to work with?
  15. When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with?
With that, let's get this going! How are you doing, lovelies? What have you been up to? What are you writing? How is life? ♡


  1. So sad this is the last one for awhile. I understand though life is hectic. Beautiful People will be missed. <3

  2. Awwww! I am so very sad to see this go. I've been doing BP for YEARS. It's so special. But I absolutely understand you and Cait don't have the time anymore. I'm really glad you're doing a last hurrah though. Can't wait to join in this one!

  3. I did it for the first time today! It's so sad that i only just came to know about it but hte questions were so much fun to answer.
    It's understandable of course, things would definitely be busy for the both of you - and the fact that you've run this for SEVEN years. Dear, lord that's a lot.

    Thank you for so many years of this blog meme!


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