Today's a very special day because it marks the release of a writing guide I've been waiting to get my hands on. Most of you probably know Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi at The Bookshelf Muse. I don't know how often I refer to their blog when I'm writing, but it's a lot! Chock full of helpful info to help writers like me think outside the box. Today, they release their collection of character emotions for writers in book format! And to celebrate, they wanted to kick off with something that I very much believe in: Random Acts Of Kindness. Here's why:
A smile. An encouraging word. A thoughtful gesture. Each day people interact with us, help, and make our day a bit brighter and full. This is especially true in the Writing Community.
Take a second to think about writers you know, like the critique partner who works with you to improve your manuscript. The writing friend who listens, supports and keeps you strong when times are tough. The author who generously offers council, advice and inspiration when asked.
So many people take the time to make us feel special, don't they? They comment on our blogs, re-tweet our posts, chat with us on forums and wish us Happy Birthday on Facebook.
To commemorate the release of their book TheEmotion Thesaurus, Becca and Angela at The Bookshelf Muse are hosting a TITANIC Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ. And because I think KINDNESS is contagious, I'm participating too!
Today, I'm blitzing RAOKs on two very special teen writers who I think are just dripping with potential and promise. Jess McKendry over at Write, Skate, Dream and McKenzie McCann at The Ubiquitous Perspective, both of whom I've had the pleasure of reading their work. Jess and McKenzie I will treat you each to the writing guide of your choice. You let me know which one you've been wanting to get your hands on, and it's yours. Because I believe in you both!
Do you know someone special that you'd like to randomly acknowledge? Don't be shy--come join us and celebrate! Send them an email, give them a shout out, or show your appreciation in another way. Kindness makes the world go round. :)
Becca and Angela have a special RAOK gift waiting for you as well, so hop on over to The Bookshelf Muse to pick it up.
Have you ever participated in or been the recipient of a Random Act Of Kindness? Let me know in the comments!
Also, it's the First Love's Blogfest hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Click on the pic below to get to blogfest HDQ but first check out all my first loves:
MOVIE: Okay so the first movie I ever truly fell in love with? I remember it well. I was eleven and I walked out of the theatre a changed kid. lol This one right here:
MUSIC/BAND: I was a kid in the 80s so all the great bands and music of the 60s and 70s had just slipped off the coolness radar. I didn't discover a love for music in that era til after high school. So when I first fell in love with a band's music it was these guys right here:
BOOK: All my selections here are from when I was a kid, because that's really when we experience our first loves, IMO. Here's the first book I fell in love with that made me want to write stories too:
Thanks to Ms. Hinton for this fabulous tale that resonated with teen readers everywhere. I loved how she respected our intelligence and gave us a story that was raw and romantic and real all at the same time.
Share some of your RAOK and first loves in the comments! I want to know everything! :) And don't forget about the awesome giveaways at The Bookshelf Muse !