Random Acts of Kindness Day 5: Giving Back To Writers

WOW! The time has flown past and here we stand at the weekend’s doorway! Have no fear, RAOK Week is still underway, and will continue through Sunday. Every day we see more and more Random Acts of Kindness, and writers everywhere are realizing just how much they are appreciated by others.

As the industry helps to show their admiration for writers, Scrivener has led the charge and offered up their amazing software each day. We are so grateful for their support, and their excitement to partner with us to celebrate the community.

I think we can all agree by now that kindness is contagious so today I’d like to put the focus on the word RANDOM. Maybe you’ll see a tweet later from a writer who seems overwhelmed. Or in a forum, you notice a post from a person struggling with frustration or self confidence. These are things we all understand and have worked through ourselves, so why not send a bit of sunshine their way? A kind word or small gesture can mean so much. If you would like to steal our badge and surprise someone with an official RAOK, please add your blog to our link list at the bottom of this post!

Meet our Industry partners who want to show their appreciation for all you do. They are a part of our crazy, word-crammed world, and see the way writers strive and persevere. Read on to see what gifts they are offering today to celebrate you, and maybe win something that will make your writing path a bit easier.

Today, you have 3 chances to win, so read on!

RAOK Gift #1: TWO Scrivener Software packages (1 PC, 1 Mac)

Scrivener is billed as ‘your complete writing studio’ and it really is. This software, developed by a writer for writers, is the complete package. How many notebooks do you fill up as you research, brainstorm, outline, create character sketches and finally draft and revise your novel? Well, flipping through that stack of paper or set of binders is a thing of the past with Scrivener. Organize, storyboard, make notes and research all in the same place, and best of all, access it all as you write. The index card and cork board system is nothing short of brilliant.

Simply put, Scrivener is a writer’s best friend. I love how they evolve to serve writers in this new world of publishing, like using the compile feature to export manuscripts to Kindle or epub formats! You can even download a free trial to see if this tool fits your working style!

More good news: David and the crew at Scrivener loved the idea of RAOK for writers so much they are giving out software packages every day this week!

RAOK Gift # 2: Lecture by Agent Irene Goodman on How an Agent Picks a Client: From Query to Career.

Writer’s Digest is one of the most familiar names in the publishing industry. Their books on writing technique are best sellers and they run Writer’s Digest University, offering a legion of webinars, lectures, courses and critique opportunities. The lecture featured today will help writers to get a better idea of how an agent thinks, and understand what they need both from a manuscript and a potential client to take them on.

WD also produces the highly reputable Writer’s Digest Magazine and the yearly Writer’s Market. Their newsletter is full of great articles, insider information and bits of Industry news. Each year, they put on Writer’s Digest Conferences, which brings the biggest Agents, Editors and Authors in publishing together. (And what I love is that if you miss the conference, you can still buy the keynotes and workshop sessions, honing in on the topics that pertain to your own writing!)

Writer’s Digest has an entire Community where writers can share information and collaborate as they work toward publication. I’m cutting to the bone here as I describe in order to keep this short-ish, but snoop around the site to really see the full value. Make sure to stop in at Chuck Sambuchino’s excellent blog, Guide to Literary Agents,  and The Writer’s Dig, run by Brian Klems (who I hope is having a great birthday today!)

So…want to win these wonderful RAOK Gifts? Of course you do! Enter this FORM and consider spreading a bit of kindness in the Writing Community.


Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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Susanne Drazic
8 years ago

RAOK has been an awesome experience. Thank you!

8 years ago

I’m really enjoying this week. RAOK is such a great idea. Thanks ladies. You guys rock!!

8 years ago

Would really love to win the software. Thanks for the opportunity.

Carrie Butler
8 years ago

Friday already? Whew! Still going strong, ladies! 😀

8 years ago

thanks for a great idea. I think you started the ball rolling with raoks all over the internet. Love seeing the love.

Thanks for a chance to win the awesome prizes. 🙂

Faith Hope Cherrytea
8 years ago

too good not to tweet !

and FB posted it yesterday as well..

Faith Hope Cherrytea
8 years ago

i have entirely enjoyed this randomness 🙂
and so have the writers who’ve i’ve celebrated with your badge !!
great responses and nothing but appreciation… bless you !

Becca Puglisi
8 years ago

The generosity of everyone has blown us away–lay people and professionals within the industry, alike. Such a great group of people we hang out with!

8 years ago

This has been an awesome week! I love the RAOK idea. 🙂

Rachna Chhabria
8 years ago

I have heard a lot about Writer’s Digest. You have come up with great prizes, Angela and Becca.

Mart Ramirez
8 years ago

Ooh what awesome prizes!!

Tyrean Martinson
8 years ago

Great resources!!! Love RAOK!

8 years ago

I just finished with my ROAKs on my blog. I have to buy the book as well and of course I will review soon on my blog. Thank you for this awesome project!

Janet Smart
8 years ago

Great prizes! We can use all the help we can get. I just posted my review of your book, Emotion Thesaurus over on my site. I love it and it is a great help to writers.

Christine Rains
8 years ago

Awesome prizes! This week has been fantastic. 🙂 I finally have my Blitz post up on my blog.

Jemi Fraser
8 years ago

Another great giveaway! I’m loving all the RAOK posts – you’ve created an awesome trend!! 🙂

Natalie Aguirre
8 years ago

Writer’s Digest is an awesome resource. Love Chuck’s blog. Thanks for doing so many giveaways this week. And I’m loving all the RAOK’s.

Shelley Munro
8 years ago

It’s ver cool seeing the RAOK posts everywhere 🙂

Brandi Daniels
8 years ago

These are great prizes. I am really enjoying ROAK week!

Riv Re
8 years ago

Not sure how much a lecture can help me right now, but I’m definitely entering (again) for Scrivener! <3

~Riv Re
Riv Reads

(PS: Accidentally wrote “write” instead of “right” up there. I suppose that either way fits…)