I came across this Kickstarter project on Twitter today, thanks to this post from Chuck Wendig:
And that led me to John August's page, and this tweet in particular:
So, now being pretty darn curious as to what the heck this all is, I hit up August's Kickstarter page and pledged some support. Here's the link:
And here's what August says about the impetus behind his Writer Emergency Pack project:
Writing is hard. You're constantly trying to figure out what word comes next.
Creative writing is even harder. When you're working on a story, you're not just trying to decide what word comes next, but what idea comes next.
It's easy to get stuck.
I know what that's like because I'm a screenwriter. I'm lucky to have had ten movies produced, from GO to BIG FISH to FRANKENWEENIE. I also host a popular podcast about film and television called Scriptnotes.
Over the years, I've had conversations with hundreds of writers, both on the podcast and around the lunch table. No matter what genre or medium, all writers face story problems. Plots that plod. Characters that don't connect.
Every writer has her own techniques for pushing past these problems -- little nudges and prompts to help get the story clicking.
Writer Emergency Pack is a curated collection of some of the most useful suggestions I've encountered. It's by writers, for writers.
I'm really looking forward to getting this deck of cards and checking out the Dark Mode booster pack when it becomes available next year. I think this is going to be pretty darn entertaining, and who knows what kind of crazy stories this could lead to!
As an added bonus that makes donating/pre-ordering all the more worthwhile, August is taking a Get One, Give One approach to help get these cards into the sweaty palms of both writers and youngsters just starting out in local creative writing programs. I think this is a pretty exciting initiative to help bolster support for writing and show kids just how truly fun and awesome this thing we do can be.