Last November, I decided to “deconstruct bestselling novels, one index card at a time.” Now, one year and 3587 tweets later, it’s amazing to look at the master outline in its almost-completed state and think about all the hard work that went in to it.
It makes me so proud to know that many of you are referring to it during National Novel Writing Month.
Better Novel Project Celebrates Its First Year!
I wanted to do something special to celebrate. Naturally, I researched the best way to run a popular giveaway– and the one takeaway I got was that you have to choose a high-value item as the prize and make it seem scarce and “exclusive.”
But, that just didn’t feel right. As much as I love structure and rules, sometimes I have to go with my gut.
That’s because when I think about this year, I think immediately of being part of a writing community.
I am constantly overwhelmed by the support and sense of camaraderie I feel from the writers I’ve met online— through your email replies to my newsletter, through the comments here and on other blogs, and through twitter, facebook, pinterest, google+ . . . there’s a smiling writer face anywhere I turn.
The best part of this year has been connecting with so many writers, cheering each other on, venting our frustrations, and exchanging tips.
So, I’m doing something a little silly . . .
. . . I’m sharing one hundred #amwriting stickers, instead of just one big prize.
Yep, 100 winners, 100 envelopes, 100 stamps. 🙂
Because you rock. Because you make this worth it.
Writing can be a solitary activity. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll recognize one of these stickers on somebody’s laptop in a café somewhere, or on the back of a kindle on the metro, and you will get to make one more connection with another writer.
Besides, it’s halfway through #NaNoWriMo and we’re all a little crazy.
The giveaway closes on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST. 100 winners will be randomly selected and notified by email. These are high-quality, clear vinyl stickers (4.75 inches by 1 inch) for indoor use with #amwriting in white font.
Update: The giveaway is now closed. By popular demand, I am now offering the stickers for sale ($3).
Click here to get your #amwriting sticker! Thank you supporting for Better Novel Project.
Thanks for a great year. I hope you stick around– I’ve got big plans for 2015!