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Winter Writing Festival “Share a Snippet” Day!!!

We’re 17 days into the 2015 Winter Writing Festival, and participants have spun out  hundreds of thousands of new words, whether in the rsswwf.com writing sprints or working on their own. 

I love hearing folks in the Chat Room come back after  20 or 30 minutes of sprinting and say, “I wrote 673 new words!” or “I finished a chapter of my vampire slayer romance!”

All those wonderful words didn’t exist on paper before the Festival began, and now they’re HERE!!

Last year I got nosy and asked folks to post brief samples of something they wrote during the Festival. We’ve got so many people writing so many different kinds of books–zombie romance, romantic suspense, sci-fi romance, erotic romance, historical, paranormal, humorous, you name it. And it was awesome to see the huge variety of creation going on! I can’t wait to see some again this year!

Be brave today, and (in one of the comment boxes below) post a quick little taste of something you’ve been working on during the last couple weeks. It’s doesn’t have to be much: a paragraph or two from anywhere in your manuscript, or even just a single line that came out reasonably well. Let’s see a little of what’s sprung into being even during the depths of winter.

I’ll take a big leap and go first.

Please join me!!

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