Characters Count Contest

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!

Remember those Archetype Cards I was raving about? (You can read about how to use Archetype Cards to create characters here)

How about my article on using astrology to create awesome characters? (Read about astrology and characterization here)

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:

  1. The contest will be open from today February 15, 2011 to the end of the month February 28, 2011.
  2. The Character Counts Contest is based on a point system, which I’m adopting from the awesome Sara B. Larson’s own contests.
  3. 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.
  4. If you fit any of the following descriptions, give yourself the corresponding points:
    1. If you are already a follower, give yourself  4 Points.
    2. 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
    3. If you refer a new follower to my blog (they must mention that you sent them over in their comments), give yourself 5 Points.
    4. If you tweet/ facebook this contest (Please provide a link), give yourself 2 Points.
    5. If you put this blog post on a sidebar in your blog (please do add a link), give yourself 2 points.
    6. If you blog about this giveaway and add a link to this blogpost, give yourself 6 points.
  5. When you leave a comment, please tell me what you’ve done so far and add up your points for me.
  6. 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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24 Responses to “Characters Count Contest”

  1. Emma Price says:

    My you are a person with a vision. Great idea to promote blogging.

  2. Lynn Kelley says:

    Woo hoo! Great start on your first contest! I shared your site on my FB page. Do I get any points for that? I haven’t started a blog yet, but plan to after my daughter’s wedding. I asked Maria, head of our critique group, to send an email out to the group. Hope you get lots of responses!

  3. Maria Toth says:

    Hi, My friend and co-author, Lynn Kelley, highly recommended your blog to me, so Ta-Dum… here I am. LOL! The character cards sound like a lot of fun! So, I’m leaving one comment (1 pt); new follower (trois points), so that adds up to a whopping 4 points! I’ll go ahead and pass on your contest info to our critique group in Riverside, “Books Born Here.” Looking foward to reading your blog!

  4. Maria Toth says:

    O.K. Now, that was just way to easy to post a post on your blog. Why do other blogs have you type in all of these wavy looking letters and numbers? Anyhow, I just saw your FB thingy at the top, so I posted your cool contest on my FB page!

  5. Lynn Kelley says:

    Maria shared your blog link on her FB, too! Woo hoo! Yay, Maria! That’s what people who don’t blog or twitter can do! Hey, I finally traded in my ancient cell phone for one that takes pictures! Now I just need to figure out how to send them to my email so I can share them! LOL!

  6. Lynn Kelley says:

    Oops, forgot to mention that I’m part of the CCC contest in my prior two postings. My bad.

  7. Jennie says:

    Hey Nutschell – You’re going to be on my Wednesday Wishes tomorrow. Count me in on the contest. +1 for here, +4 for old follower, +2 for the sidebar. You’re not getting the whole blog post tomorrow, but you’re going to be one of the wishes. And I’m gushing. So put me down for +7 at the moment! GREAT giveaways!

  8. Nutschell – You have been bringing me such great resources. Looking forward to attending my first Torrance Group meeting so I finally get to meet you! Sign me up for the contest – +1 + 5 for being a new follower!

  9. Lola Sharp says:

    I’m here via Jennie (above). She has a lovely shout out link to you, where she gushes her love of your blog. I think they are well deserved words; you have a wonderful blog here. :)

    That earns Jennie 5 extra points, yes?

    New follower-3

    Great contest. Thanks for holding it.

  10. Jo Ann Banks says:

    These are such great ideas for developing characters! Thanks for sharing. I don’t have time to do a contest but I’ll check back on your blog sometime.
    Good luck!

  11. nutschell says:

    Jennie and Lynn,
    Looks like you two are leading the polls. Keep it up!
    Maria, Jo-Ann, Stephanie and Lola Sharp,
    welcome to my blog and thanks for stopping by. You gals are also part of the contest count so keep on commenting. Good luck to all of you!

  12. Madison says:

    Hi Nutshell, I hope you’re feeling better! One thing isn’t clear – Sara B. Larson counted points, but ultimately a random generator picked the winner. Getting more points gives you better odds. Is that how you’re doing it too?

    Great prizes! Okay, I’m 4 for a follower and 1 for the comment for a total of 5. :)
    See you in email.

  13. Lynn Kelley says:

    You have a great blog, Nutschell. Maria checked it out before sending an email to our critique group, and she told them how good your blog is. She asked me how you’re able to do all that you do. I said you’re young and energetic, a real go-getter. Kudos to you, Nutschell! Okay, that’s one more point, and I would have left my comment even if I didn’t get a point!

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  15. writtenwyrdd says:

    Nice blog. Thanks for stopping by mine.

  16. Okay, I’m in!

    I did a post on your contest today:

    And I’m a follower already, soooo… I’m at 11.


    • nutschell says:

      Hi Sarah!
      Thanks for joining the contest and for putting it up on your blog! Keep on posting comments to add more points to your current score. Good luck and I hope you win one of the prizes! I have to tell you the archetype cards are definitely fabulous and the birthday book is very helpful too. It gets easier to create characters with these tools around.

  17. No need to enter me, but I shared about your contest on my blog today: Hope you get lots more followers!


    • nutschell says:

      Hi Debbie!
      Thanks so much for helping you out. You get points just for being a follower and for leaving a message here–and for sharing my contest on your blog–so you’re in anyway. Who knows, maybe you’ll win. That would be cool wouldn’t it? I really appreciate the support. If you have a contest on your blog, let me know and I’ll announce it here. :)

  18. Lynn Kelley says:

    Hi Nutschell,

    I’m happy to see more people entering the contest. Uh-oh, competition! Yikes! I’m up to 16 points so far. Oh, make that 17 with this comment! Yes, this is quite an easy contest to enter. There’s still plenty of time for others to enter and get lots of points.

    • nutschell says:

      Hi Lynn!
      You certainly are doing a good job of racking up points! Thanks so much for joining in the contest fun. Your comments definitely brighten up my blogging life.:)

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  20. Lynn Kelley says:

    Well, well, well, I expected there to be lots more comments on here to rack up points for the contest. Only four more days to compete for the coveted prizes! Every post you do about another archetype just makes me want those cards even more! Looks like I’m up to 24 points. Woo woo!

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