Today, I'm here with another Scribbler subscription box for writers unboxing. And this month's theme is themes.
Now I always find theme tricky to nail down from the very start before writing my book. So I'm so excited to see if I pick up any tips and tricks from this box.
Writing contest postcard
They have this every month and usually there is a prompt on the back and if you fill it out and post it on social media, then you have a chance to win a prize from the Scribbler team. So this month's writing contest is, “Jot down the themes that are or will be in your book. We'll randomly select one winner to receive a bonus gift. Entries close June 13th.”
Torie & Howard Chewie Fruities
This looks like a fun snack to have when you're writing. I prefer chocolate but these are really good. They're from Torie and Howard and they are organic candy chews in lemon and raspberry. They also have pomegranate and nectarine and blood orange and honey. (I think I'm going to have to hide this from my family.)
It's a four color retractable pen with blue, purple, black and red. Those are a lot of great colors for writing because you have the simple black and blue and then you have the red if you need to make any corrections. And the purple is just fun.
I’m absolutely loving my new planning method, which I did a whole video and I actually have been using purple ink. So this one I'm definitely going to use today.
The cover is foily and beautiful. It has 200 pages and it lays flat, which I do love, especially when I'm making all of my checklist and making of my notes for my books. This is gorgeous.
Writing Passport: Themes
In every Scribbler box they have a writing passport. Inside there’s a word from the Scribbler team and then we jump into Sonja Yoerg and she is talking all about themes. Usually the writing passport has to do with the book inside, so we will see.
Temporary “writer” tattoo
So cute and fun.
Every month that you subscribe you are invited to a virtual chat with someone within the publishing industry. And this month is Jessica Brody. I'm so excited. 'Save the Cat! Writes a Novel' is one of my favorite and go to writing craft books and Jessica wrote this book. I'm really going to try to make it to the live, but just to let you know if you cannot make it to the live, they do keep it up on this link for about thirty to sixty days (don’t quote me!)
The Publishing Process Inside Look
Inside is Sonja Yoerg’s synopsis for 'Stories We Never Told'. I am excited to dive into this and she even has notes on it as well.
She wrote: I decided to include the synopsis of 'Stories We Never Told' for two reasons. First, many writers are intimidated or confused by synopses. I certainly was the first few times. I always include character sketches in mine, which is not standard, but no one has ever complained. Second, if you read the book first and I recommend that you do, you will see how the finished story both deviates from and stays true to the synopsis. I've annotated the major deviations. A synopsis is a roadmap, not a designated route.
I really love that because thinking about synopses scares a lot of writers, but the fact that she is just looking at as a jumping off point and not set in stone I think is really important.
'Stories We Never Told' by Sonja Yoerg
Psychology professor Jackie Strelitz thinks she’s over Harlan Crispin, her ex-lover and colleague. Why should she care if Harlan springs a new “friend” on her? After all, Jackie has everything she ever wanted: a loving husband and a thriving career. Still, she can’t help but be curious about Harlan’s latest.
Nasira Amari is graceful, smart, and appallingly young. Worse, she’s the newest member of Jackie’s research team. For five years, Harlan enforced rules limiting his relationship with Jackie. With Nasira, he’s breaking every single one. Why her?
Fixated by the couple, Jackie’s curiosity becomes obsession. But she soon learns that nothing is quite what it seems and that to her surprise—and peril—she may not be the only one who can’t let go.
That sounds like a lot of fun, a little bit of a thriller vibe.
Next month’s theme is Pacing, so subscribe today so you don’t miss out!