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It’s WEEK THREE check in time!

Happy check in day, friends!

I know week three has come and gone. Crazy, isn’t it? Didn’t we just get started?

If you’re like me, you may have had some set backs. Weekends are particularly tough for me because, um, family. They’re so demanding. They like to be fed and have clean clothes and stuff. And, if I’m being honest, I’ve been binge-watching Game of Thrones and addictions to television programs can also be demanding. They call to me – “Liz, come sit down for thirty minutes. Half an episode, that’s all…” and five hours later I’m staggering to the fridge for more Halo Top ice cream and feeling that old familiar guilt – the you’re-supposed-to-be-writing guilt.

But that’s okay because I’m still going. It’s like a diet. You fall off and eat half a piece of chocolate cake, but the next day you have a salad. I’ve been eating my salads, too, and to date have added 14K to my WIP during the past three weeks. That’s pretty darn good. <Blowing on my knuckles and wiping them on my shirt.>

So don’t worry if you’ve been distracted or commandeered by other issues like the flu, the day job or Netflix, we’re still in this, friends, no matter how successful or unsuccessful you’ve been over the past three weeks. 

Here are some things you can do to up your game:

  • Set aside a particular time to write…and stick to it
  • Visit the chatroom. Hands down this is the best way to WWF. I’m serious. Go to the chatroom.
  • Ignore your inner editor
  • Or not. Progress is progress even if you must stop mid-book and return to the beginning to make sure your not wasting words. (Admission: this is what I had to do)
  • Indulge your muse. If you’re stuck, take a walk, read a book or listen to inspiring music
  • Read the daily inspirational posts at the WWF page here
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself
  • Or do. Sometimes you have to get real with yourself and recommit to your writing. That book ain’t gonna write itself.

So time to check in. If you’ve made your goal for the week, type I MADE MY GOAL in all caps at the beginning of your post. We’re going to do back flips (not real ones because most of us are too old for that…or maybe it’s just me that’s too old). But if you didn’t reach your goal, you’re still invited to tell us what’s going on. This isn’t about wagging our fingers at anyone. Nope. Not here. 

And we have prizes….

The fabulous Katie Graykowski has offered up a “First Chapter Critique (any genre except erotica)”

Kate Parker is giving out a $20 Amazon gift card (MORE books!)

And Heather McCollum has a PRIZE BUNDLE: $10 gift card to Starbucks and a digital copy of THE BEAST of AROS CASTLE

 

Okay, so leave a comment and let’s start week four with enthusiasm, determination and a smile on our faces! 

 

 

96 responses to “It’s WEEK THREE check in time!”

  1. Jo Jackson says:

    I MADE MY GOAL!!

    Well, I wrote/edited every day and hit 500+ words every day too.

    Daily life meant I’ve not managed a sprint at all again this week but I’m proud of myself for getting the words down anyway and will try to eek out a little time over the weekend for some sprinting.

    I’m also hoping to pop into the chatroom for the Brainstorming Session if I can make it (evil time zones making things difficult!) as I think sharing some snags I’ve come across in my story would come undone easier with help 😉

    Hope everyone else has had a great week!

    By the way, did we find out who won last weeks prizes from the check in thread? I think I might have missed it if we did.

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  2. Lenee Anderson says:

    I did make my goal, to make significant progress in plotting, but now has sort of stalled out in the main mystery story line. I’ll have to just start writing down other scenes and then fill back in with the mystery, plotting what I know from the mystery plot.

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  3. I MADE MY GOAL! I’m slowly slogging through edits on my sh*tty first draft. It feels great to be working it into something I don’t hate!

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  4. Dana Britt says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! This has been a great week for this writer gal 🙂

    *high fives all around* I love reading about everyone’s progress–even if goals aren’t met, progress is a good thing!

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  5. Cynthia Huscroft says:

    I MADE MY GOAL!! & then some.

    Love the “Up Your Game Tips”. One of them is one of my goals: “Don’t be so hard on yourself.” And the chatroom…can’t say enough good…no…GREAT things about the chatroom. “Go to the chatroom” should be a mantra:)!

    Thanks, Liz!

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  6. Diane Mayer says:

    I achieved some of my goals: wrote over 3400 words most of it written in 3 days, did 3+ hours of editing, and did 3 sprints.

    I’m revising my weekly goals and removing time to plot book 2 of the series–not gonna happen.

    Since Wednesday is a long day at work and I’m offline for most of it…Congratulations to all for working hard this week, no matter if you made your goals or not. Every small step counts!!!

    Happy writing everybody!!

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    • Liz Talley says:

      Yep, sometimes we have to temper our expectations of what we can actually do. My initial goals were too lofty. I cannot seem to write much on weekends. It’s too busy and my husband seems to expect we’ll spend time together 🙂

      All about balance. That’s what’s great about the WWF. You can adjust and still be successful. Great job this week!

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Congrats on the great progress AND on having the wisdom to rethink goals!

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  7. Alyssa Henderson says:

    Well… I didn’t quite meet my goals. At least not the way I wanted to. 🙁
    I wanted to get 10 hours of editing time in per week & 2 chat room visits. I got 10 hours in, but it wasn’t all editing. Research and craft study took up about half of that time. Progress is progress, but I’m starting to get worried editing is kicking my butt.
    I did visit the chat room 2 times, though.
    BUT, it’s a new week and a fresh start. Fingers crossed. 🙂

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    • Liz Talley says:

      You got this. And it’s okay to not meet your goal – you’re still making progress. I didn’t meet my goal either. But I might make it up next week. I don’t give myself too hard of a time because I AM writing and pushing this book toward the end.

      Go get ’em this week!

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Progress IS progress!!

      I’m sure you’ll get some great editing done this coming week!

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  8. PennyH says:

    I achieved my goal.

    It’s been tougher this week, I’m on the low end, but passed. Still pushing forward and glad to be here.

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  9. Sonja says:

    I did write this week. I will have to rearrange my writing schedule for the rest of the week with an unexpected funeral and a veterinary visit, but I will make time to sit at the keyboard. I made my goal.

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    • Liz Talley says:

      Congrats! And, yeah, unexpected things pop up. We still have to live, right? But you pushed on in spite of those things. For that you earn a gold star!

      I can’t find an emoji for some reason so imagine a gold star right here ->

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Very sorry about the funeral (and pet troubles). I hope it’s smoother sailing this coming week!

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  10. Lille says:

    I MADE MY GOAL!!!

    Liz, you are so right…..the Chat Room was essential to help me get going and keep going. And it was so fun to chat with everyone and be productive.

    As a newbie, I finished my first ever first draft that had been hanging over my head for a few years. Now I am moving on to revising it and changing things up. Last night I met with a couple of my writing friends and they were so happy for me. We celebrated with a few Margaritas!

    Happy writing everybody and keep on keeping on….you will get there!!!!

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  11. I MADE MY GOALS!

    Finally–finally!–revised a plot line, wrote new words, and finished a blog post ahead of time.
    Now I’m just hoping that the oldest kiddo doesn’t bring him the stomach virus/strep/flu that’s ravaging his school, and blow this week’s productivity out of the water. Fingers crossed.

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    • Liz Talley says:

      UGH, I hope that doesn’t follow him home. I’ve been washing my hands like a fiend. It’s brutal here and my son is off at college and I’ve heard rumors they may shut down if they get any more confirmed cases of the flu. I don’t know what those kids are doing up there – licking water fountains or what. Sigh.

      But GOOD for you. You made your goal and whipped that plot into shape. Way to go!

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      • They’ve closed the water fountains and told parents to send personal water bottles, and every teacher is begging for extra Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, and paper towels.

        It’s all I can do not to spray the kid down with Lysol as he gets in the car every afternoon.

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Fabulous, Janet!!!

      WOOOOOT!!!

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    • Cynthia Huscroft says:

      Woot!! Woot!!, Janet!!

      Now crossing fingers and toes that those germs stay away!

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  12. I made my goal this week, and got my butt in chair 6 of 7 days. AND I finished the book I was editing–almost. I realized yesterday I forgot to tie up a plot point, but assuming I can do that today I will have met my goal of finishing before the end of the month. Woot!

    Now I just have to decide which project to work on for February…

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  13. Elisa Beatty says:

    I MADE MY GOAL!!!

    Granted, I kept my goal small, and mostly made it on the weekends, but it’s still progress, and I’m so glad!!

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  14. Catherine Moore says:

    It took quite an effort. My goal was to write every day even if it’s just 50 words. I somehow managed that- although too many days were only 50 words. In all fairness, I fell on the ice last week and got a concussion. I was supposed to stay off the computer but snuck on to check emails and WRITE something! Now that my head is better – I’m stoked to write a bit more in the coming week.

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    • Julia Day says:

      Yay for meeting your goal! And small goals are great too; they add up.

      Sorry about the concussion. I’ve had a cold this week, and it is so hard to keep on when you don’t feel great. Glad you pressed on anyway.

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    • Liz Talley says:

      Oh, my goodness! I’m glad you’re okay and I can’t believe you made your goal while dealing with that. That’s call stubbornness! LOL.

      Hope you’re feeling better.

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      If you made your goal even with a concussion….WOW!! You are one determined writer!!

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  15. Debbie says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! Edited 6 days for at least 2 hours – although most days I went longer. It was a good week. Hope everyone else’s was as well

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  16. Panthera says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! Congrats to those of you who made your goal and also to those of you who didn’t. At least you are still here and you haven’t given up.

    This past week has been nothing but pain for me and it hasn’t stopped. This doesn’t make things easy especially while fighting depression too. However, I will beat it because I say I will. My motto has always been “I may have MS but MS doesn’t have me”.

    Hope the rest of you had a musch better week than I did.

    Peace

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    • High fives to you! It’s hard to push on when you’re hurting and everything takes so much more courage and effort. Well done.

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    • Liz Talley says:

      Keep going, Panthera. You are obviously a very determined woman, and I hope that the WWF at least brings you a little joy and maybe a place to come when things look blah. I know dealing with your health is not easy, but maybe losing yourself in your story helps a little.

      High five for making your goal!

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Keep fighting, Panthera!!

      And, yes, as long as we keep showing up, we’re winning!!!

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  17. Working slightly ahead right now — 26 points! Finished new first and second chapters of wip, so now I’m mostly back to revising.

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  18. Geena Gallardo says:

    My lazy butt feels awful, after lowering how i make points, I did not make my goal this week (for the first time!). This little thing called a vacation when I thought I’d have more time to write and edit, ended up being taken over by my toddler who never gets to see her mommy and daddy at the same time since we work opposite schedules, and he is on vacation too. Sometimes my partner brings out the utmost lazy in me, but also I just love being with my family. I plan to really put my butt to work after this.

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    • Liz Talley says:

      Well, toddlers are pretty darn important and you have to savior those days when you can pick them up and kiss their sweaty little necks.

      Can you tell I have teenagers? What I wouldn’t give for a sweet little snuggle.

      No worries. Your muse might have needed those days off, too. Even she needs a break every now and then. Back in the saddle and movie onward this week. You can do it!

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Family time is important!!! Give yourself a bonus point or two for building memories with your little one….and make sure to carve out private time for yourself this coming week!!

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  19. Made my goal and extra!

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  20. Rachel Kolodziej says:

    I hit my goal! It was a good week. I have a few things to finish up before the month is over. See you all in the sprints!

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  21. Nicole Terry says:

    We won’t talk about this week. I’m going to eat two pieces of chocolate and get back to work.

    I’m taking a class in February from Margie Lawson. Hopefully it will help me identify ways to write better.

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    • Liz Talley says:

      I’ll join you on the cake 🙂

      Margie is incredibly helpful. I’ve done a few of her workshops and she really gets you focused and makes your writing better. See? February is already looking up!

      Here’s to a better week!

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Chocolate is all to the good!!

      And, yes, Margie is tremendously inspiring, and SOOO helpful to writers!!

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  22. I made my goal and I finished my first draft (woot!), but then I pretty much did a faceplant of creative exhaustion for a few days. I’ve been judging my GH & RITA entries to stay on track and getting ready to dive into revisions next week as I mentally map out my plans for February. Bring on another month of kick-ass writing! We’ve got this!

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  23. delia says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! I’m finally starting to pick up some steam on my WIP after being sick for the past couple of weeks. Crossing my fingers that this week brings lots of new words!

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  24. Jolie Mohn says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! My goal has been to write 500 words a day and although I stalled on the story I’ve been working on, I started something new to pick up the slack. Ordinarily, when I hit a brick wall on a project, I just stop writing completely. But to make my daily word count goal, I had to keep going. So, now I have two projects I’m working on, and I’m still writing every day. 🙂

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    • Liz Talley says:

      What a great way to redirect your creative energies. Sometimes we need time away from our WIPS to sort things out – even if it’s subconsciously.

      I like that you didn’t quit. You just changed directions. Good for you!

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  25. Meghan Bennett says:

    I stayed on target for my read through and editing, which is good since I’ve been down and out for 3 day this week. Onwards and upwards.

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    • Liz Talley says:

      That’s the spirit. When we have a bad week, it’s good to say that it’s sucked and plan to turn things around. I didn’t have a great week last week, but I’m hoping to get more words in tomorrow and get back on track. We can do it!

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  26. Liz Jakes says:

    Congrats, hugs, & encouragement all around! I am on track, the 500w is working, plus I get points for other things–so I’m at 25–very first draft, but slogging along.

    And a great big THANK YOU to Hope Ramsay–I got my prize in the mail today, her 1st 3 Bride books–thanks so much!!!

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  27. Paula Huffman says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! I’ve only missed one day of writing since WWF began and I’ve made a lot of progress. Not all of that has been new words, but I’ve completed revisions I hope have made the story stronger. Thanks, Rubies, for making this festival happen!

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    • Liz Talley says:

      Yay, Paula! I’m so glad to hear this and you’re very welcome. The Rubies love doing this each year because we love writing with you gals (and guys). It’s really fun to host something for writers to help them be productive right out of the gate in the new year 🙂

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  28. Julie Findlow says:

    I MADE MY GOAL!

    I’m totally patting myself on the back.

    . . . except I can’t reach that far. Ouch.

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  29. Julie Findlow says:

    I MADE MY GOAL!

    I’m totally patting myself on the back.

    . . . except I can’t reach that far. Ouch.

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  30. Stephanie Baassler says:

    I did not make my goal, but I’m still chugging along. And that’s more than I can say for the last several months, so I will definitely take it. Things should be calming down a bit, so hopefully I’ll be able to get back on track and get where I need to be.

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  31. Phyllis Mohn says:

    I MADE MY GOAL!I’m finishing a novel, and this is really helping.

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  32. Patricia Mohn says:

    I MADE MY GOAL!!! I have consistently written 500 words each day.

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  33. Liz Talley says:

    ***WINNERS****

    Congrats to Julie Findlow! She gets the first chapter critique from Katie Graykowski!

    Congrats to Cynthia Huscroft – she’s going shopping at Amazon with $20 (Thanks, Kate!)

    And Rachel Kolodziej gets coffee and a date with the Beast (Thanks, Heather!)

    Congrats, ladies, on checking in and winning! But we’re all winners because we’re all making progress! Write on, friends!

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  34. Jennifer Brodie says:

    I am almost a week late posting, but I MADE MY GOAL and I have set an alarm on my phone to check in on time this Wednesday! Were it not for the RSSWWF I would have let life get in the way and would not be writing, so thank you organizers! I am looking forward to the next half of the writing festival!

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