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.

Kindness ROCKS!

To commemorate the release of their book The Emotion Thesaurus, Becca and Angela at The Bookshelf Muse are hosting a TITANIC Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ. And because KINDNESS is contagious, I’m participating too!

I’d like to give a shout-out to my critique partners, Marcy Hatch and Krystalyn Drown, who read my awful first drafts chapter-by-chapter as I write them — no matter if they appear 1 day apart or 6 weeks apart.  I’m not sure I’d keep going if Marcy didn’t nudge me with emails asking when the next chapter is coming. And if Krystalyn didn’t ask the hard questions that send me back to the drawing board, I’d never discover the plot potential brewing under the surface that I’ve been too lazy to breach.

To thank Marcy and Krystalyn, I’m going to recommend you follow their blogs, if you don’t already. Also, each of them participate in an auxiliary blog. Marcy is one of the bloggers at The Unicorn Bell, which offers critiques, and Krystalyn is one of the writers at Fiction Femme Fatale, which specializes in flash fiction.

I am pretty sure that both Marcy and Krystalyn would love a copy of The Emotion Thesaurus for their own writing (as would I), but we’ve been asked not to give those away as gifts. Becca and Angela want to keep this a celebration. They’re not looking for a chart rush. So, I’m sending both my fabulous critique partners a $10 Amazon gift certificate — just to say thanks for all the countless hours of reading, responding, and patting my head.  How they spend it is totally up to them. πŸ˜€

Do you know someone special that you’d like to 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. πŸ™‚

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.