Greetings 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!