Tonight is my night to host #chiwords, which is a 1 hour/1,000 word Summer Writing Challenge jointly sponsored by Chicago North Chapter and Windy City Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Check in starting at 8:45 until 10 p.m. by tweeting @chicagonorthrwa and using the hashtag #chiwords to report on how you did.
Although I’ve had all summer to think about this, I realized this morning that it was my turn to host, and I needed to come up with some ideas for giveaways … which I did while taking a shower this morning. It turns out to be a great place to think … until the hot water runs out.
Anyhoo, here is what you need to do to win a “prize”:
1. Last spring I took an online Margie Lawson class, which really turned out to be seismic for me. She knows her stuff. One writing technique she talked about was ending your chapters with power words. Here’s an example from a Winston Churchill speech: “… for without victory, there is no survival.” Survival is a power word. So is victory. In much humbler vein, here is one I wrote the other day: “…warn her to bring her smelling salts or a bottle of whiskey.” Is whiskey a power word? I hope so. (-:
Contest # 1 — Tweet a power word ending to a chapter or a break in a chapter.
2. After reading the synopsis for book two of my Texas romantic suspense series at a Chicago North meeting, I learned that my hero’s name had already been used by none other than Robyn Carr. Yup, the name I sweated over for days, weeks even, was taken. I could, of course, continue to use the Noah Kincaid name, but it’s a little like going up against Susan Elizabeth Phillips by naming a character Dallie Beaudine. So, I had come up with a new name — Seth Maguire — which I hope is not taken, and I hope sounds sexy. What is your hero’s name?
Contest #2 — Tweet your hero’s name. The sexiest name wins. And feel free to chime in on the name you think is the best.
Now for the prizes:
You can choose a free copy of one of my books: Holding Out for a Hero or Angel Without Wings or, if you are willing to wait until September 15, you can have the Love in a Small Town bundle, which includes Angel Without Wings, as well as nine other romances set (of course) in small towns.
Or, if none of these tempt you, I will critique 20 pages of one of your works.
Hope to see lots of writing getting done tonight!