November Giveaway!

What If GiveawayGreetings from #NaNoWriMo Land!

I’m in the thick of things with my first ever NaNo, and it is going better than expected! Of course, it’s only Day 4 but so far, I’m ahead of my word count goals and I’m not getting caught up in my typical perfectionist trap.  Go me!  I’m also doing the #NovPAD (November Poem-a-Day) Chapbook Challenge from Robert Lee Brewer at Writer’s Digest.  I’m using NovPAD as a way to get the creative juices going each morning before diving into my NaNo writing after work in the afternoon.  So far, so good.  My Day 3 poem is kind of “eh,” but I’m looking at everything produced during the month of November as raw material and fodder for revision in the months to come.

In honor of all of this seat-of-the-pants writing, I thought I’d offer a #Giveaway focused on boosting creativity and getting you to step outside the comfy, familiar box that most of us find ourselves writing in whenever we’re pushed for time.  As such, I’m giving away a copy of my favorite book of writing exercises, What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter.  Don’t worry, I’m not giving away my personal (well-loved, dogeared) copy – this is brand-new and shiny, straight from Amazon.com.

This book is the best.

I’m not saying this is definitively the best book of writing exercises and prompts ever.  Just that it’s a-mazing.  Phenomenal. Okay, yes.  I’m saying it’s the best.

My opinion may be due in large part to the fact that it is one of the first books I used when I embraced myself as a Writer with a capital “W” instead of a mere daydreamer.  But it’s also due to the fact that this book really is wonderful.  There are more than 75 exercises in the book, and unlike most prompt/exercise books out there, What If? provides explanations, objectives, and student examples.  It really is a gold mine for writers of all levels.

Even if you are thinking, “Great, a fiction book.  I don’t write fiction.” Don’t despair! Doing the exercises in this book will work that creativity muscle and the cross-training will result in improved writing no matter your genre of choice.  From poetry to memoir, this book will work wonders for you (if you do the work – you can’t just pet the cover and smile pretty … you have to write). And since it’s free, you have nothing to lose and much to gain!

“What do I have to do to win this amazing book?” you are probably asking.  It’s simple.  Here are the details:

  • You must be a resident of the US (or have a US shipping address).
  • Get one entry by commenting on this blog and telling us your favorite writing prompt or exercise (from any source, even one you dreamed up today).
  • Get another entry by posting about this Giveaway on Twitter.  BE SURE TO INCLUDE ME, @TheKatMcCormick, IN YOUR TWEET SO I CAN GIVE YOU CREDIT!
  • You can Tweet once per day until the Giveaway ends and earn one entry per day on Twitter. (If you start today (11/04) you could earn over 20 entries!!)
  • Do all of this before the Giveaway officially ends on Tuesday 11/24/2015 at 10pm Eastern.
  • I will select a random winner and announce the winner on Wednesday 11/25/2015 on Twitter and on my blog.

That’s it!  Easy as pie.  Good luck and happy writing!  I’m looking forward to reading your comments and Twitter posts!

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31 Comments Add yours

    1. Kat says:

      Thanks for sharing! I’m definitely checking it out!

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  1. rsmonterusso says:

    Currently, I’m taking a class on coursera.com that requires me to write. It’s not much, but accountability is nice. I also try to post writing prompts once a month on my website and my friend recommended the 642 things to write about journal at Barnes and Noble. The Art of Getting Started is a handy little tool and Austin Kleon’s Steal like an Artist is a good motivator that talks about inspiration from sources you love. Any little bit helps, I think.

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    1. Kat says:

      Great resources! And yes, accountability can make a big difference in productivity!

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  2. PatriseArts says:

    you go, Kat! I’m the NaNoWriMo cheerleader for my writers group, and one of my favorite prompts is a version of Holly Lisle’s story generator you can find here:
    https://womenspages.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/storygenerator.pdf

    Check out our blog for women’s writing: womenspages.wordpress.com/

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    1. Kat says:

      Wow, thanks for sharing!!

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  3. James Stack says:

    Hi Kat – I’m also doing NaNoWriMo and NovPad – loving every minute of it. The prompts from Robert Lee Brewer at Writer’s Digest are one’s I like. I found him first last April (of this year) and was glad I did. Thanks for making this book a free offer.

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    1. Kat says:

      Hey James! I agree – Robert’s prompts are very useful. I’m grateful to have found him (and WD). Good luck with everything this November! It’s a lot to do, but I’m having fun, too!

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  4. Tracy Corral says:

    I’ll have to check out Robert’s WD prompts. I actually have 2: One is on Tumblr: writingprompts.tumblr.com (since I have a tiny blog on tumbr) and the second is languageisavirus.com/writing_prompts.html (a clickable prompt generator).

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    1. Kat says:

      Thanks for sharing! I’m bookmarking those! 😊

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  5. Great blog post, Kat. I love the “Writer with a ‘W'” line. I got that epiphany last year. I’m glad you found yours sooner!

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    1. Kat says:

      Thanks, Kim! It’s amazing how when it clicks, everything changes.

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  6. sheepcarrot says:

    My favorite prompts are the weekly Writer’s Digest Creative Writing Prompts. They usually, though not always, show up on Tuesdays. In a way, I can’t wait until NaNo is over, so I’ll have time for them again.

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    1. Kat says:

      I know what you mean about having more time after NaNo – I’ve been doing a ton of writing, but I usually spread the love a little. 😉 Thanks for the comment and follow!

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  7. Jennifer McCann says:

    My favorite writing prompt? Hmmmmm, much of the time I pull ideas from the articles I read, so I’m going to say the newspaper. But then I’ll see something on television, or at the grocery store, and I’ll think to myself that maybe there’s something to write about there. Life. Life is my favorite writing prompt.

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    1. Kat says:

      Love this! 🙂

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  8. amymorrisjones says:

    Thanks for sharing this resource! Although designed for blog posts, I’ve found some inspiration from the WordPress daily posts lately: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/

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    1. Kat says:

      Thanks for the link! I’ve bookmarked it!

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  9. S C McCole says:

    Kat’s got the goods!
    Man, you are one busy writing lady! I see you everywhere doing all kinds of wicked cool writerly things!
    I don’t use prompts – I like to be spawn organically from the research and build from the foundation it sets. But it’s awesome of you to do it! You can exclude me so someone who will use it wins!! I just wanted to stop by to support you!

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    1. Kat says:

      Thanks for the kind words! And thanks for stopping by – I love seeing a friendly #platchal face! 🙂

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  10. Trena says:

    Maybe i’ve entered, maybe i haven’t…too many things to keep track of right now:D Thank you Kat!

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