I am a big fan of character-driven stories. Long after I’ve forgotten the plot or storyline, I remember how a favorite character made me feel, or a line she said.
In my own stories, I try to create characters so real that they almost remind you of yourself–or of a real person you once knew.
There are a great many tools to create the great characters, and two of these tools can be YOURS FOR FREE!
For my first ever contest, I am giving away two super awesome character creation tools:
Prize for 1st Place Winner: Caroline Myss’s Archetype Cards
Prize for 2nd Place Winner: Phyllis Vega’s book: What Your Birthday Reveals About You
Why am I doing this? Well, because I think these are just awesome tools and every writer out there should have the chance to get them for free.
Plus I need followers.
Lynn and Jenn, two of my special writer friends both agreed that the archetype cards would be the perfect prize. Jenn also agrees that contests really do help in attracting new readers. Since I’ve never had a contest on my blog before, I thought this would be the best time to try.
So here are the rules if you’re interested in joining:
- The contest will be open from today February 15, 2011 to the end of the month February 28, 2011.
- The Character Counts Contest is based on a point system, which I’m adopting from the awesome Sara B. Larson’s own contests.
- Leave a comment on this blog post and on succeeding blog posts. Each comment is worth 1 Point. Just make sure you reference that you are joining the CCC/ Character Counts Contest if you do decide to leave a comment on another blog post.
- If you fit any of the following descriptions, give yourself the corresponding points:
- If you are already a follower, give yourself 4 Points.
- If you are a new follower (You just subscribed to this blog by email or you added yourself to my google friend connect button), give yourself 3 Points
- If you refer a new follower to my blog (they must mention that you sent them over in their comments), give yourself 5 Points.
- If you tweet/ facebook this contest (Please provide a link), give yourself 2 Points.
- If you put this blog post on a sidebar in your blog (please do add a link), give yourself 2 points.
- If you blog about this giveaway and add a link to this blogpost, give yourself 6 points.
- When you leave a comment, please tell me what you’ve done so far and add up your points for me.
- I will continue to count comments until February 28. Remember, one comment equals one point so if you comment on any blog post everyday starting from this blog post, you rack up points to add to your total.
All right, well that about sums up the rules. I hope you join this contest as the prizes are not only fabulous, but awesome tools in creating great story characters. Even if you aren’t a writer, you’ll definitely have endless fun entertaining friends with the archetype cards and birthday book.
Again, here are the points:
+1 for every comment left on any post on this blog (Just make sure you mention that you are part of the CCC/Character Counts Contest)
+4 for already being a follower
+3 for new followers
+5 if you refer a new follower (they must credit you in the comments)
+2 tweeting/FBing contest (please provide link)
+2 for putting it in sidebar on your blog
+6 for dedicating a blog post to the giveaway
The winners will be announced on March 3rd.
Good luck and I hope you win one of these fabulous prizes!
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