Back in 2008 when I started my first blog, Procrastinating Writers, with the goal of writing one blog post a week for a year (and writing the first draft of my novel), I had no way of knowing where I would land all these years later. In the beginning, I just wanted to learn how to be consistent as a writer, and to put my voice out into the world.
There have been a lot of twists and turns in this journey of mine, but it’s all led me right here, where I am now. A writing coach. And more specifically, a fiction-writing coach.
My mission in this world is to serve and support novelists in writing publishable stories.
With that, I give you my new website. It’s chock full of everything you need to write better stories.
And to celebrate the launch of my new site, a contest.
The winner of the contest gets a 90-day Idea to Draft coaching program with me. This program will help you take the story idea in your head and turn it into the first draft of a novel.
Here’s what you have to do: Grab your iPhone, Flip camera, whatever you’ve got, and shoot a quick video of yourself (Two minutes or less) telling me:
- Who you are–name, location
- What your story idea is–pitch it to me like you’d pitch an agent or editor at a writing conference
- Why you are so ready to finally write this story–why should I pick you?
Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo (be sure to set the video to “public” so I’ll be able to view it). Then email me a link at: Jennifer(at)JenniferBlanchard(dot)net with the subject line: Pick Me, Jennifer.
The deadline to submit your video link to me is Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 10 p.m. EST. Submissions received after that won’t be considered (so no procrastinating!).
I’ll announce a winner on January 5, 2015 (and, of course, notify the winner via email).
So Much Gratitude
I am so excited and thankful to be able to launch this new website, and I had the best team helping me out. I’m so thankful for the work I get to do in the world. And mostly I’m so grateful to you, for being here with me.
This contest is a little way for me to say thank you.
(And now for all the boring legal stuff…)
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