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Check In #4 for the 2017 Winter Writing Festival

Yay! We’ve been writing our heart’s out the past 4 weeks in the Winter Writing Festival. Now it’s time to report in.

We hope that you’ve been finding success, that you’ve been meeting your goals and feeling creative. But even if you haven’t been as productive as you would like, we’re here to cheer, console, and encourage you.

Leave us a comment and let us know how it’s going. If you’re on target with your goals/points, be sure to include:

I MADE MY GOAL

in ALL CAPS at the top of your comment, and we’ll enter you for a chance to win one of four prizes.

This week’s prizes are:

$20.00 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble from Addison Fox

(USA only) a signed copy of any Grave series book from Darynda Jones

First chapter critique by Katie Graykowski

Digital copy of Mad About The Marquess from Elizabeth Essex

Don’t let Mother Nature rob you of your creative fire this week! Keep going with your writing, your sprints, your rewriting, and let us know how you’re doing.

 

 

 

46 responses to “Check In #4 for the 2017 Winter Writing Festival”

  1. Kathy Crouch says:

    Okay still confused here-lol. It seems to be my normal state lately.
    What are we posting as far as numbers?
    I write every day. Sometimes it is megawords others it’s a few hundred. This past week was a low week only 3,205.
    Since 1 January I’ve written 27,350 words. Now, I really should stop playing in my email box and my virtual desk with the tax returns sitting there.

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    • Elizabeth Langston says:

      If you want to post numbers, you can. But you don’t have to. Just let us know if you made your goal (“I MADE MY GOAL”). If not, you can let us know that you didn’t, and why, and we’ll offer encouragement.

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    • I’m not sure what goals you made, daily, weekly or a specific word count for the entire WWF, but if you feel you’re on track and accomplished them, then shout out, I made my Goal!

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    • Kate Parker says:

      Kathy, you’re producing plenty of new words, which means you are putting in the time. It looks to me like you are making your goal, which is a point for every day you succeed.

      And I can sympathize on those taxes, which are calling me from the other room.

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Kathy, did you set a system for earning points at the start of the Festival? Different people award themselves points for different things. For some people, they get a point every time they write 500 new words. For someone else it might be a point for joining a sprint session.

      Regardless, it sounds like you’re doing fabulously!!!! So, yeah, I think you can definitely shout I MADE MY GOAL!!!

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  2. Lenee Anderson says:

    I MADE MY GOAL
    Still making forward progress. Still getting up to sprint in the mornings. Still doing something even when I don’t feel like it.

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  3. Cynthia Huscroft says:

    I MADE MY GOAL!

    …& then some:)

    * Writing 500 words + a day
    * Staying put for 20 minutes (or longer)
    * Ignoring the phone (unless it’s family)

    Am very excited! *does happy dance*!
    “Cinnabar”

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  4. Amy Blackburn says:

    I MADE MY GOAL!

    Because of this event, I was encouraged to try out for my first ever writing contest! It was a challenging blast and I am excited about my future with writing.

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  5. I MADE MY GOAL

    Last week was no fun, and I finally gave in and admitted I might, possibly, have pneumonia on Sunday. Thanks to the nice PA at Urgent Care, a shot of steroids, and a mega steroid dose pack I made many, many words Sunday night and Monday. Wow, will that stuff hype you right up.

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  6. Marna R. says:

    I MADE MY GOAL

    I’m good this week, and moving along into the next week with same hopes! Not as many sprints the last few days, but that was more my choice because I needed to make sure I wasn’t going to end up solely relying on the sprints to get BIC HOK. 🙂

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  7. Elizabeth Langston says:

    Taking care of yourself is important, too!

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  8. Victoria Adams says:

    Please delete me from this. I am down sizing my life and I won’t be continuing as Victoria Adams. My other pen name is going to be the focus.
    This writing challenge is a brilliant idea and helped my focus and complete a couple of major projects that I’d stalled on. Keep it going. And bes tof luck to everyone in the future and their writing.

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    • I’m sorry life ins weighing down on you. Just keep working on your story one word at a time. You’re welcome back here with us anytime.

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    • Kate Parker says:

      Ex-Victoria, it sounds like you’ve made some major decisions about your writing and your writing name. Good luck going forward, and come back and join us any time. Good writing is good writing, whatever you call it.

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  9. Marin McGinnis says:

    Made my goal, but only because one of my points is for reading for 20 minutes. 😉 It was the most hellish week of my career at the day job, so I am kind of impressed I got any writing done at all. At the end of this week I am off to Arizona for a conference, and I am hoping I can spend my evenings hiding from the world and writing. 🙂

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    • Kate Parker says:

      You made your goal, Marin, and during the most hellish week at work, that is really saying something. I’m willing to bet getting those words down was a release and a relief. Enjoy your time in Arizona.

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      You totally get credit!!!!

      Keeping the writing spark alive while working hellish day jobs is the name of the game for so many of us!! A little at a time results in A LOT after a while!!

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  10. Elise Hayes says:

    I was one day short of meeting my four day per week goal last week–but I’m determined to make it up this week. I’ve already logged in my writing time for today (and otherwise, I’m on track)!

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  11. I MADE MY GOAL!! I actually made it every week but I have been sick and unable to check in. I remembered and am able to do so today! Making progress. Thanks to the festival and the great people who organize it!

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  12. Made my goal this week, and I have really enjoyed the Festival this year. Thanks to the Sisterhood and participants!

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  13. MS Panthera says:

    I MADE MY GOAL!
    The editing is going along great. With the help of the brainstorming session, I figured out how to get through the scene that was holding me up for a bit. Thank you for the advice.
    Not only that but I have almost caught the rewrite up with the editing thanks to sprinting here and with other groups. Thank you to all of you for bringing us this festival.

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  14. Elisa Beatty says:

    I MADE MY GOAL!!!

    Wouldn’t have gotten there without the Sunday afternoon sprints, but it doesn’t matter how I got there….I got the job done!!

    Thanks to all the supportive souls who’ve made the sprint rooms a delight!!!

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  15. delia says:

    I didn’t make my goal again this week but I’m still making progress. I finally figured out how to rewrite a particular chapter and that will help put me back on track this week 🙂

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    • Kate Parker says:

      Figuring things out to get you back on track can be the best feeling. I realized what was missing in my WIP last night, and I couldn’t have been happier. Trying to push through during the WWF helps!

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  16. Mac (Kara A. McLeod) says:

    I MADE MY GOAL (barely)!

    This week was a tough one for me, but hearing about everyone’s progress during the sprints was enough to keep me motivated.

    Thanks for the inspiration, everyone!

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  17. POLLY BRADLEY CARROL says:

    I MADE MY GOAL… HOORAH!!! Thank you, Ruby Slipper Sisterhood, for your wonderful support XO

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