Who are you? Melissa Sugar in 10 Words or Less

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Who are you? In 100 Words or Less? In Ten Words or Less

Who is Melissa Sugar? 

This is not an original idea and it did not originate with me. I come across blogs and blips and face book pages and loads of questionnaires all the time that say things like," Can you describe yourself in ten words... or twenty words... or fifty words.


The blogger most known for this little exercise is Kristen Lamb. If you don't know who she is, Kristen Lamb is the author of We Are Not Alone: The Writers Guide To Social Media and Are You There Blog It's Me, Writer. Both books are easy reads and the author has a humorous and unique way of explaining social media for writers.

Lamb is also know for her informative and resourceful Warrior Writers Website and her writing group, My WANA (We Are Not Alone), but she is probably best known for creating a program designed to help writers navigate the sometimes choppy waters of Social Media by constructing a solid platform geared toward branding ourselves as authors.  

I have read both of her books and the information is invaluable. Kristen also offers on-line writing and business classes for writers. I have been looking into them and one of her methods that continually stands out in her books, classes, website and on a plethora of blogs I have read is to list one hunderd (100) words that best describe you. 

We all wear many hats and show many different faces to different people. I wear a mommy hat, wife hat, employee, employer, lawyer, writer, blogger, friend....

I also have many different faces. I show a different mommy face to my younger kids than to my older kids and a different face when I am happy or proud than I do when I am disappointed or upset. I show a different mommy face to the friends of my kids than I show to teachers or other parents. You see where this is going?

So try this exercise: Tell us who you are in 100 (or less) words or short phrases. You can use words that show who you are by the activities you enjoy, personality traits, pet peeves, hobbies, food, beverage.... you have unlimited choices.


Here's me:

Mom, wife, lawyer, writer, blogger, sister, daughter, creative, planner, friend, loyal, flawed, pink, competitive, outgoing, forgiving, smart-ass, impatient, outdoorsy, water, beach, sand, ocean, waves, pina colada, wine, mystery, suspense, tardy, authentic, genuine, nighttime person, love to sleep in, running, swimming, tanning, reading, sisterhood, family, shopping, vacation, cranky, moody, sarcastic, humor, optimistic, inquisitive, romance, holding hands, hugs, kissing, travel, adventurous, yoga, pilates, meditation, mantra, chaos, unorganized , want to be organized, smart, strong, determined, persistent, supportive, giving, smart phone, flip flops, stilettos, barefoot, gardening, justice, morals, naps, rain, optimistic, drama hater, anti-bully, tender, emotional, relax, diet coke, mexican food, margaritas, martinis, gambling, poker, football, saints, New Orleans, black jack, risk taker, impulsive, nurturer, quirky, thrill seeker.


Here is the blog post that got me started on this: Jenny Hanson

Myndi Shafer took the 100 words or less a giant step further and defined herself in 10 words or less. This is when it gets hard. Myndi was taking one of Kristen Lamb's classes when she posted her ten words or less. It is not a new post, but a fun one to read if you have not already. 

If you are interested in taking a class. Lamb offers webinars beginning in October. Check out the different levels offered for Blogging To Build An Author Brand

Now, whittle that list down to ten (10) words for an idea about how to brand yourself. The instructions for then ten word list say to leave off the obvious, you know like: writer, mom, wife, reader etc. and dig into the real you that is not obvious to the world.



1. Brave
2. Skeptical 
3. Forgiving
4. Protective
5. Loyal
6. Quirky
7. Impulsive
8. Inquisitive
9. Beachy
10. Fitness

Wow, that was a lot harder than I thought it would be.

Can you define yourself in ten words or less? I would love to read your ten words in the comment section.

I am still giving away one copy of Jennifer Hiller's Freak, to a random commenter from each post until I get to ten. The first few were purchased and delivered. I will catch up with the last three notified (last week). You will receive your books this week.

36 comments:

  1. Goodness, I can barely think of a few words (realist springs to mind) let alone 10. As for 100 ... forget it.

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  2. I like this and might give it a try. Fun to read yours today!

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  3. I could do ten but a hundred would be a stretch!

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  4. Loved this post Melissa. What an excellent exercise to declare yourself in 100 words and then 10. And thank goodness for word count tools! I wonder if the most pertinent words always pop out first...

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  5. Great words!


    I've been following Kristen's blog for awhile now and she's fantastic. So great to have that motivation coming in.

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  6. How fun! It would be hard to come up with 10 words. Great idea!

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  7. I love the 100 word list - .I've got a real sense of who you are from it, which is kind of the point, I guess :-) I'd find the 10 words too hard though.

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  8. Thanks for visiting. It was a fun exercise.

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  9. She really is. She is down to earth and so willing to help others,

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  10. I hope I didn't reveal too much, LOL

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  11. Wow. What an awesome site. I just stopped by to say hi. :) This is one of the coolest blogs I've seen. Great job on it!

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  12. Hi Melissa, great words up there and a good exercise that requires a bit of introspection. It would be interesting to redo the exercise in a few years to see what words changed, what stayed the same and even look at which ones changed order. I might give this a try, but I'm a bit nervous what I'd come up with, lol!

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  13. Interesting exercise. I love your list of words. My 10 words, put into a sentence, could be "Expectant mother, wife, crime writer, dog lover, kung fu fighter".

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  14. I love this exercise and your 100 and ten words. I think I'm going to try this out for myself.

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  15. I had to laugh at the "unorganized, want to be organized" part because that is so me!

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  16. I took Kristen's class--it is beyond worth it. Besides the information, the friendships I made from her class are priceless :) Quirky, love that word, it fits me too!

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  17. I loove your ten words:)


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  18. So that's what WANA means! Love your ten words.

    This reminds me. I still have to do the homework for my YA branding course. :D

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  19. I like the 100 words/phrases it paints a whole picture.

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  20. I now know what WANA means. :) Those are ten great words.

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  21. Hi Melissa .. I've 'saved' this to come back to later on when I get back from Cornwall .. 10+ days or so!! It will be interesting to run through and think about .. cheers Hilary

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  22. That is a great idea, redoing this exercise in a few years to see how much changes. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  23. Please do and share with everyone.

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  24. It is so sad. The life of an unorganized person who is dying to become unorganized. For some of us (me) it is a talent that we lack and a skill we just cannot seem to acquire.

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  25. I am glad you suggested her class, because I was on the fence about signing up. Thanks.

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  26. Homework, classes. job, kids, writing, blogging, reading blogs, writing comments, revisions, kids, cleaning the house... how are we supposed to ever get it all done????

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  27. Thank you. It does paint a complete picture and that is sort of frightening because I never used to expose so much of me.

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  28. What a great ten words! I think I'd have to come back to this later but loved reading yours. I might try this exercise for my about me section sometime.

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