It seems like every time I check blogs and twitter or read industry news from Porter Anderson's amazing Writing On The Ether, I see unrest. In an industry like ours, pressure to produce more while worrying about contract terms, sales and what's going to happen next in publishing...it can kill a writer's creativity and cause a mudslide of worry and doubt.
Random Acts Of Kindness For Writers is about taking that one DEEP BREATH. It's about stepping back from the fray and re-connecting with the human side of this industry. There are thousands of writers out there who offer unconditional support and encouragement to others each day. They see success as a group effort and help everyone's' feet on the path. These are the people we're celebrating with shout outs on twitter, blog posts, and through gifts of kindness. If you would like to steal our badge and surprise a special writer you know with a RAOK, please add your blog to our link list at the bottom of this post!
Writers celebrating writers is only half of the equation, and so all this week, Industry partners are showing their appreciation for writers, too. Read on to see what gifts they are offering today, and maybe win something that will make your writing path a bit easier!
Today, you have 3 chances to win, so read on!
RAOK Gift #1: TWO Scrivener Software packages (1 PC, 1 Mac)
Scrivener is billed as 'your complete writing studio' and it really is. This software, developed by a writer for writers, is the complete package. How many notebooks do you fill up as you research, brainstorm, outline, create character sketches and finally draft and revise your novel? Well, flipping through that stack of paper or set of binders is a thing of the past with Scrivener. Organize, storyboard, make notes and research all in the same place, and best of all, access it all as you write. The index card and cork board system is nothing short of brilliant.
Simply put, Scrivener is a writer's best friend. I love how they evolve to serve writers in this new world of publishing, like using the compile feature to export manuscripts to Kindle or epub formats! You can even download a free trial to see if this tool fits your working style!
More good news: David and the crew at Scrivener loved the idea of RAOK for writers so much they are giving out software packages every day this week!
Kristen Lamb is a powerful force in Social Media, and a strong advocate of not only writers, but all Creatives. I have never met anyone with such vision or passion for what can be, if we pull together and make it happen. Case in point is her #MyWANA following. She turned a simple hashtag into a community for writers bent on supporting and encouraging each other. I mean can you think of anyone MORE suited to the idea of RAOK Week?
Author of two best-selling books, We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer Kristen is a freelance editor and mentor, and guides writers through every aspect of the business of writing including platform building in today's ever-changing publishing landscape. I've known Kristen for awhile now, and the word I would use to describe her is Visionary. And let me tell you, she's set her peepers on something BIG, but *whispers* it's still top secret. You'll have to wait and watch. :)
I recommend tuning into her blog and following the #MyWANA hashtag as Kristen shows hundreds of writers how to blog efficiently so there's always time for writing. Her techniques will put you in touch with your direct market, and help you build a lasting relationship with them. A spot in her virtual classroom is going to change someone's blog for the better, or help a new blogger jump into the blog-o-sphere in one smooth leap.
Want to win these wonderful RAOK Gifts? Of course you do! Enter this FORM and consider spreading a bit of kindness in the Writing Community. A small gesture can mean so much--let's show the world that Kindness is contagious!