The recent discussion of a NaNoWriMo promotion kicked me in a random new direction, and gave me a cool idea for a promotional product we could distribute: motivational posters for writers.

I'm picturing choosing some short-and-sweet writing advice ("BUTT IN CHAIR, HANDS ON KEYBOARD," anybody?), prettifying it all up and maybe an illustration courtesy of the good designers of SE, and adding a slogan and a URL to the corner. I'm thinking of something on the lines of a pullout poster from a magazine - cheap, compact, easy to produce and distribute. We could mail 'em out, or hand them out in stacks at, ummm, writing-related venues of any type.

It's a product I can see writers really enjoying getting free; something cool to hang up in their writing space. Some might prefer something motivational and optimistic; others might prefer something sharp and clever (kind of a writing equivalent of hanging Dilbert comics up by your computer...). The point is, writing is done at desks; writers jump at anything that helps get them in the right creative frame of mind; that's what we can give 'em.

Points for discussion:

  • Does this type of item appeal to you as a writer?
  • Is the design and printing of such posters feasible for Stack Exchange?
  • Where, how, and to whom could we distribute these?
  • Ideas for poster slogans, design, and content?
  • Problems with this idea?
  • @HedgeMage: I think you're the go-to person about promotional suggestions like this, and I was kind of hoping for an "official" response. Could you take a look?
    – Standback
    Nov 9, 2011 at 5:46

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I don't really know that I would ever follow through to obtain anything like this as a writer. I tend to write in an area with as few distractions as possible, and that includes no Dilbert comics or even desk calendars. On tip of that, the cost and effort to create, distribute, and promote these items would not be insignificant. Just finding volunteers to take on those tasks alone may prove to be too much.

  • I'm with you on "no distractions" as a personal preference. The second part I'm less sure about - I can't imagine anything that would be cheaper to create and distribute than (essentially) pieces of paper. Then again, I don't honestly know what scope SE is capable of either (which is why I'm hoping for feedback from the folks on that end of things).
    – Standback
    Oct 30, 2011 at 14:25

Here are quotes I think good posters could be designed around:

  • "Butt in Chair; Hands on Keyboard"
  • "A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it to be God." --Sidney Sheldon
  • "Don't get it right, just get it written." --James Thurber
  • "One writes to make a home for oneself, on paper, in time and in others' minds." --Alfred Kazin
  • "The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say." -- Anaïs Nin
  • "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug." --Mark Twain
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    "Stop reading motivational posters, and write." ;) Nov 14, 2011 at 13:46

If you just want flyers to hang in bookstores or wherever, here you go. Based on Standback's proposed quotes:

Sidney Sheldon quote Anais Nin quote

(I can do more of these if these get a good reaction.)

  • I appreciate the effort... This isn't quite what I had in mind. I think we'd want something that's at least somewhat decorative. On the other hand - a monochrome design could be downloaded an printed out! That might be cool.
    – Standback
    Nov 14, 2011 at 14:16

Maybe we could have a nice design that would look good even just printed out on a standard printer? Then distribution would be a snap.

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