Opening Ceremonies for the 2017 Winter Writing Festival!!!!

*Joining us after Jan 10? YES, you can still be part of the Festival!! Just give yourself whatever bonus points you need to for FINDING us, and jump right in!!*

And here come some of our favorite words of the year:

roaring-fire_657x600We now declare the Seventh Annual Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival OPEN!
Let the Games begin!!

To get your BONUS point for today, Tuesday January 10,  add a comment here on the regular Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blog ( in which you:

1) define how *you personally* will earn your Festival “points”


2) declare your commitment to earning 50 points by Feb 28, 2017. (Further details on goal-setting follow below).

 Leaving a comment today on the regular Ruby blog also puts you in the running for some cool prizes–the first round of our fabled Festival Swag, which will include gift cards, awesome Ruby books, fun treats, and the ever-popular WRITING CRITIQUES, which we’ll continue giving out in random drawings every Tuesday from now until the end of the Festival on Tuesday, Feb 28!!)



For those who haven’t been with us for the WWF before, it’s an online writing festival, kind of like NaNoWriMo, but designed by busy, hard-working women: i.e., we schedule it for AFTER the holidays, and we let you DESIGN YOUR OWN approach to “winning” so it actually fits in with your real life!!

For fifty days through what’s otherwise the dullest part of winter, we cheer each other on to make serious progress in our writing, with regular check-ins, celebratory prizes, and (for those who want more direct support) lots of friendly, online Writing Sprints!! (More details on all these things below.) 

The WWF is open to writers in ALL GENRES (not just romance), and it’s 100% free to join!


You don’t really have to register officially if you don’t want to, but if you like having a formal spot to chart your progress, leave your comment today on the regular Ruby site ( stating how you’ll earn your Festival points, then jump over to our special Festival site,, and officially register. Click on the “Member” snowflake near the upper right of that page, then click on “Register for the site.” When you log back in throughout the Festival, you should be able to keep track of your points to see how far you’ve come. (Should there be any technical problems, don’t worry! Just leave your comment here–we’ll consider you part of the Festival no matter what!)


The very BEST thing about the site is the CHAT ROOM, which we use for writing sprints. Those of you who’ve participated in the Festival before can testify that writing sprints are pretty darned miraculous at helping writers be super-turbo-powered productive–even if the chaos of life normally makes it hard for you to get much written.

You can click on the Chat Room link above, or look at the box near the upper left of the site (right under “Sprint Schedule), and you’ll jump to a screen where you can type in the name or nickname you want to use during the chat. Hit enter, and you’ll find yourself in a virtual space with other writers also eager to get work done. A Sprint Hostess will be there to greet you and show you the ropes. Ruby Sister Kim Law has some great instructions here.

Typically, we chat (via typing) for a few minutes between sprints, then write like crazy for 20 minutes (or 45 minutes at some sessions), then come back and chat some more. Just knowing other people are writing while you are–and waiting to hear your new word count when you chat again–will keep you in your seat and cranking out those words. You can get inspiration, great advice, and (in half the chats I’ve been in) just laugh yourself silly. DON’T BE SHY!!!! It’s fun and easy…and practically magic!

Also note a new feature this year: the wonderful Hope Ramsay, plot-builder extraordinaire, is hosting a special PLOT BRAINSTORMING SESSION every Wednesday evening!!  Get in on that if you can!

Writing sprints start TODAY and happen at various times daily. Jump in anytime!!! And if we don’t have a sprint scheduled at a time that works for you, feel free to find a buddy and come in on your own. Here’s the schedule for the next week (all listed times are EST):


5AM – 7AM with Liz Bemis
7AM – 9AM with Autumn Jordon
9AM – 10:30AM with Liz Talley
10:30AM – 12PM with Hope Ramsay
8PM – 10PM with Shelley Coriell


5AM – 7AM with Liz Bemis
7AM – 11AM with Autumn Jordon
11AM – 1PM with Laurie Kellogg
3PM – 5PM with Vivi Andrews
7PM – 9PM brainstorming with Hope Ramsay
9PM – 10PM with Shelley Coriell
10PM – 12AM with Addison Fox


5AM – 7AM with Liz Bemis
7AM – 9AM with Autumn Jordon
10AM – 12PM with Hope Ramsay
8PM – 10PM with Shelley Coriell


5AM – 7AM with Liz Bemis
7AM – 9AM with Autumn Jordon
8PM – 10PM with Shelley Coriell


Feel free to stop by the chat room to see if anyone’s sprinting : )


11AM – 1PM with Elisa Beatty



To help keep you inspired between writing sprints, grab yourself a Participant badge (right-click on the one below and then click on “save image as”) to upload to your personal website.  





You can also check in daily at the Brag Blog on the site, where you can report on how your writing day has gone, get a quick pep talk if you need it, or celebrate whenever you earn a point! You’ll also find inspirational daily quotes and links to Ruby posts on craft to pull you through when you’re feeling a little stuck.



Also, check out the fantabulous Winter Writing Festival swag you have a chance to win during Monday Check-Ins if you meet your goals each week. (You can also purchase some cool Winter Writing Festival swag yourself–including coffee mugs, tees, sweats, and totes with the Festival logo–at our Cafe Press store.)

The Swag you can win today just for leaving a comment on the regular Ruby site includes (print books available USA only):

  • A Hallmark Ruby Slipper Ornament (USA only) and a copy of Starship digital or print (print USA only) from Gwynlyn MacKenzie
  • A $20.00 Gift Card to Amazon or B &N (winner’s choice) from Addison Fox


What’s not to love? (Our thanks to mega-talented Ruby Sister Liz Bemis of for designing and maintaining both sites!!)

BTW: You can easily jump over to the site by clicking the blue participant badge in the upper right-hand corner of the regular Ruby site.

If for any reason you have technical problems registering today: don’t panic!! Just leave us a message here in the comment trail, and get started earning points for the Festival. 

Be sure to visit the Chat Room: you don’t want to miss out on those sprints!!



Everybody gets one BONUS point TODAY for coming to the Ruby blog and leaving a comment that makes a public declaration of your commitment to take part in the Festival and a public announcement of your goals. Then, for each of the 50 days of the Festival (including today), you work to earn an additional point—and you define what it takes to earn that point.

Here are some examples of the sorts of things you might define as worth one point (you fill in the variables with the amounts that work for you):

-writing X number of words or pages
-deep revising Y number of pages
-polishing Z number of pages
-freewriting / brainstorming for Q number of minutes/hours
-doing R number of 20-minute writing sprints
-keeping butt in chair and hands on keyboard for S number of minutes or hours

For instance, one person might commit to earning points according to the following terms:

-writing 500 words per day OR
-deep revising for one hour per day OR
-doing a final polish on 25 pages per day

Any day that person meets ANY of those goals, she gets a point.

YOU set the goals that meet your personal writing style and writing needs. (For more advice on how to set up your goals, see here).

If you can’t meet your goal on any particular day, you can certainly double or triple or quadruple your goal on another day to catch up.

And if you know ahead of time that you can never work on certain days (say, Saturdays) feel free to add something like “keep balance in my life by taking Saturday off” to your personal list of ‘ways to earn a point.’ Really. You can earn a point by taking a planned day off!! Don’t be shy.

We also highly recommend having a “emergency / bad day goal” for when life gets in the way–like just 50 new words, or 5 minutes looking at your manuscript, or something really, really manageable–so you don’t let a bout of flu or late day at the office throw you off completely. Just promise yourself you’ll only use those for the unexpected bumps in the road. That way you’ll feel like you’re still on board, and won’t just drop by the wayside.

And if setting your goals by the week works better for you than setting them by the day, go for it!!! Same with setting goals by the month, or just having one big 50-day overall goal!!

Remember, we all have different life commitments and different approaches to our writing lives, so we all need to set our own goals. All goals are equally worthy. This isn’t a competition, it’s a supportive process for MOVING FORWARD WITH OUR WRITING.

We want the Festival to work for YOU!

Check in at the Ruby blog every Tuesday during the Festival to report your progress (and be entered in random drawings for more Festival Swag.)

If you reach Feb 28 with a nice round 50 points (or more), YOU WIN!!

Spread the word to all your writer friends–all genres are welcome!!!

Good luck all, and GET WRITING!!


106 responses to “Opening Ceremonies for the 2017 Winter Writing Festival!!!!”

  1. Laura Henson says:

    Finally got here today. Hopefully I have everything logging properly for my third year with the Winter Writing Festival. I pulled back a bit on goal this time around, committing to 1 1/2 hours of editing or 800 words each day, with some backup goals of keeping on top of my critique group responsibilities and for a big bonus looking to submit my work somewhere. Looking forward to it especially since it’s been a hard year to make progress on my work since a major family responsibility reared its ugly head.


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    • Welcome Back, Laura. After a hard year, setting reasonable goals is a good idea. Good luck. See you in the sprints.


    • Elisa Beatty says:

      So glad you’re back with us, Laura!!

      And I think I’ll be scaling back my goals a little myself this year, since I’ve got a child with medical issues who’s needing a lot of extra attention right now.

      But even having small goals is SO much better than just letting things slide. I know I’ll be making solid progress, and that will keep me in the game!


  2. Rachel Kolodziej says:

    So excited for my 3rd RSSWWF! Where did those 3 years go? This festival has helped me grow my writing and I have learned so much and made wonderful friends! I can’t wait to do it again!

    My goals for this year…

    1. To write 750 words every day except Sunday.
    2. To participate in 5 sprints per day.
    3. To Edit or free write for 30 min per day.

    Lets do this!


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  3. paige says:

    This is a new experience for me. I would like to write 500 words a day and participate in 1 sprint per day.


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  4. MS Panthera says:

    Howdy y’all! It’s good to see y’all again. I have been looking forward to doing the Winter Writing Festival again.

    I will be back out later to set my goals as I have to travel to a Dr’s appt later this morning.

    Hope y’all had super holidays.


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  5. So excited to start the festival again! I love this time of year. 🙂 This year I’ll get a point for:

    1) 2K new words
    2) Judging a RITA or GH entry
    3) 3 hrs of revisions or other writing business

    Let the wild rumpus start!


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  6. So excited about the WWF! I get more done in this 6 week period than any other time of the year! This year, I’ll get a point for 2 hours of BICHOK time!


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  7. Lenee Anderson says:

    Yeah! So happy to be back again this year!
    I’d like to make forward progress on this story. That’s all. Every day just a little more. That’s the only goal I have.


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  8. Bex says:

    Write 500 Words every day
    Brainstorm or Outline for 1 hour
    Edit for 1 hour


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  9. Write a minimum of 30 minutes every day on WIP until done. Then… brainstorm a new one.


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  10. Oh, boy! I’m definitely IN!
    So glad to see everyone here – hope you all had a wonderful writing year.

    My goal for the 2017 Winterfest: 50 points!

    1. 1 point for every sprint I attend.
    2. 1 point for 5 pages of deep editing my WIP.
    3. 1 point for 5 pages of deep crit with my writing partner.
    4. 1 point for each half-hour of brainstorming the plot arc of my series.
    5. 1 point for joining up today! Hooray!

    Happy writing, everyone!


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  11. Woohoo. I just ran my first sprint of the year. I’m so excited the WWF is back. Join us anytime in the chat room.

    I’ll take a point for every hour in the chat room.


  12. Woot! I’m in!
    1. Write or edit everyday
    2. Edit 2 hours a day M-F
    3. Do something on social media or book promo everyday M-F

    Good luck, everyone!


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  13. Marin McGinnis says:

    Hurray! It’s finally here! 🙂 I finished a book during the last WWF (published on 12/19!) and I have two to finish this year.

    Here are my point possibilities for this year:
    Write 600 words.
    Edit 10 pages
    Exercise for 30 minutes.
    Finish the book(s)!!
    On emergency/bad days, write 100 words OR edit one page.
    Read a novel or a craft book for at least 20 minutes.


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  14. Nicole Terry says:

    Wooohoo! I’m so excited to try this. It’s my first festival and will be the first time I’ve written this year.

    Instead of daily goals, I chose a weekly one:
    7 points for writing 1000 words each week

    I’m hopeful this will allow for ups and downs of life as well as my tendency to start off slow (especially since I haven’t quite figured out where my book is going!).


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  15. Kim Hardin says:

    I love RSSWWF!

    Goal: 50 points! My point possibilities are:

    Write 1000 words – 1 pt
    2 writing sprints – 1 pt

    I’m hoping to finish the first draft of my WIP during the WWF.

    Good luck everyone! We can do it! 😀


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  16. Cynthia Huscroft says:

    Greetings! A couple of my writer friends pointed me in this direction to try my hand at this festival. I’ve never done anything like this before! The extent of my published writing is very limited….& anonymous.

    Goals (making them simple as possible as this is my first venture into this realm):
    1. Stay put in chair with hands on keyboard (& writing) for 20 minutes.
    2. 500 words.
    3. Ignore the phone:)


    • Elizabeth Langston says:

      Great goals… and please try the sprints or just getting in the chat room. THat’s a lot of the fun!


  17. Mary Guida says:

    I have never heard of this group, but am excited about participating in the festival. NaNoWriMo always motivates me, so hopefully, this group will too!

    My goals include:
    2 points for writing 500 words everyday
    5 points for editing 5000 words per week


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  18. I’m in! 50,000 words in 50 days! 1 pt for every thousand words. I hope to get more done than that, but I want to keep my goal achievable.


  19. Hello and good morning, this is my second winter writing festival . I didn’t participate last year because I’d just completed NaNo OMG was that a trip! I finished my ms but was so exhausted during the holidays I probably won’t do it again. I love this partly because of the timing and because of the pace. 50K is doable in a reasonable scenario! I’ve just started a sequel to a series and need to get cracking so this will be great motivation! Thank you for hosting this! I’m looking forward to putting myself to work!


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  20. C.E. Black says:

    So excited!!!

    My goals this year are:

    1. 1 point for every sprint I attend.
    2. 1 point for every 1,000 words I write.
    3. 1 point for every 2,000 words edited.


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  21. Such inspiring goals everyone has! It is great to have this writing festival come around again, to make for a more productive winter 🙂

    I pledge to earn 50 points by Feb.28th.
    One point for:
    * on a regular day – 3 pages of a new story-draft
    * on a busy workday – 2 paragraphs of new-drafting
    * on a hard day – read a chapter in a writing book OR sketch GMC for h/h at-this-moment-in-the-story
    7 points for: completing half a new chapter over the course the week

    Thank you, Rubies!


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  22. No one outside this group understands my enthusiasm for January 🙂
    This is my fourth year and in the past I found my staunchest cheerleader and best butt-kicking CP, totally revised a ms, discovered the value of sprints, and finished a ms that had stalled out for 2 years.

    My goal this year: 50 points and finishing my current ms.

    1. 1 point for every day I sit my rear down and write. With kids potentially out of school due to weather, no sitter, and new elder care issues, I know that won’t happen every day and I won’t beat myself up for “lost days.”

    2.1 point for every hour of sprinting.

    That’s it. I’m 40K into a new story and I WILL finish it by the end of the WWF.


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  23. Kelly moore says:

    I’m new here, but I’m very excited to be part of this.
    My goals:
    1. 1 point for every sprint I attend.
    2. 2 points for every 1,000 words I write.
    3. 1 point for writing daily.



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  24. Tara Sheets says:

    This will be a first for me, but I’m so excited to try it! I’m 50K in to a first draft of a new book, so my goals will be a little bit of everything in the coming weeks. I’m going to say one point for any of the following:
    1) Write 2K
    2) Spend an hour working on GMC & plot issues
    3) Revise for 2 hours
    4) Work on synopsis for 1 hour
    5) Deep edit 5 pages
    Thank you so much!
    Tara 🙂


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    • Welcome, Tara! Good thoughts on your goals, especially tackling that synopsis. One of the best on-line synopsis guides I came across is from suspense author Lisa Gardner, called Conquering the Dreaded Synopsis. Have a great festival!


    • Elizabeth Langston says:

      Thanks for joining us. You’ll be amazed at how quickly the 50 days fly by!


  25. Amy Blackburn says:

    Hi, I’m Amy! This is my first Writing Festival. I learned about it during NaNo in November. I am hoping to edit some of the stories I wrote then and work on some new ideas. I came up with my point system and hope I can stick to it. I pledge to earn 50 points by the end of February!

    How I will earn points:
    1 point – Writing new material for 30 minutes
    1 point – Editing old material for 30 minutes
    1 point – Writing or editing a couple paragraphs (busy days)
    5 points – Completing a short story (edits and all)

    1 point – Writing and posting on my comic/book review blog
    1 point – Reading for 30 minutes
    1 point – Participating in a writing sprint
    1 point – Taking a day off to relax (can only be redeemed a maximum of once per week)

    1 point for posting on this comment thread!

    I am super excited about this event and look forward to writing with everyone!


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    • Welcome, Amy! We love first timers. You’ll find a very supportive community here, especially in our chat room. It’s a GREAT place for accountability and brainstorming. Happy, happy writing!


    • Elizabeth Langston says:

      You’ve set up a great set of goals. Really, it’s all about being successful!


  26. Kate Parker says:

    I’m in!

    4 hours writing and revising every day – or –
    traveling or doing hubbie’s medical appts.


  27. This will be my first WWF and it couldn’t have come at the best time for me! The next few months I’m busier than normal, with a capital “B”! 🙂

    Thanks so much to the Rubies for hosting and organizing!

    My point system entails 1 point for any of these:

    1) 40 pages revised (Book 1)
    2) 2 hours on plot and GMC concerns (Book 2)
    3) 1,000 words written (Book 2, shooting for 35K)
    4) 1 RITA book judged
    5) 1 GH entry judged


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  28. This is something I am looking forward to starting. My point system will include:
    1 point for writing 25 pages a day
    1 point for joining a sprint (never tried this)
    1 point for revision of work
    1 point for freestyle writing of 20 minutes(that should be interesting to see what comes out of that)
    I work 3 days a week, so this will fit in…fingers crossed over the keyboard!!


  29. I’m trying this post for the second time, couldn’t find the original so excuse me if it’s there…
    Looking forward to this and these are my points to earn
    1) writing 50 pages minimum a day
    2) join a sprint (sounds interesting, never done it)
    3) Do a 20 minute freestyle writing
    As I work 3 days a week, am looking forward to letting those freestyle moments help me unwind.


  30. Marna Reed says:

    2nd time participating in the WWF. I loved it so much last year and I’m back for more. Thank you to the Ruby sisters for organizing it. 🙂

    My goals this year are pretty simple:

    1. write 500 words/daily
    2. participate in 3 sprints

    I’ll give myself a point if I manage one of these.


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    • Wishing you good thoughts and great productivity this year, Marna! Glad to see you’ll be sprinting. Such a great way to get words from your heart to the page. Onward!


  31. […] authors at Ruby Slippered Sisterhood, whom do a better job of breaking down the festival in their inaugural post […]


  32. Emily Allen says:

    So happy to back again this year.

    My Goals:
    1. Finish revision by Friday
    2. Write 200 words a day, starting Monday.
    3.participate in at least 2 sprints.


    • Welcome back, Emily! The writing festival is such a great place to tackle revisions, which can be pesky and not as “sexy” as writing new words. Happy, happy revising!


  33. Lorelei Kirk says:

    This is my first year to do the WWF and I’m really excited.

    My goals:

    1. to write for 30 minutes every day
    2. participate in at least 3 sprints per week


  34. SO EXCITED for this festival!! I finished the rough draft of a WIP last year because of this event. This year I have different things going on in life so my goals are a little less lofty, but I’m totally ok with that!

    Goals: Reach 50 points by the end of the festival.
    **Edit 2 pages a day of my WIP
    **On the emergency days, edit at least 1 page a day.
    **Keep up with my critique partner chapter exchanges.
    **Read at least one book during the festival in my genre to keep learning.

    Thanks so much for the support and the relationships we build. I’ve been blogging and tweeting about this event to spread the word. See you in the chat rooms my friends!

    Oh, btw, do we use the same username as last year? I can’t remember my password and can’t get into my account. :/ Thanks!


  35. I have some lofty RSSWWF goals this year:

    * Revise five chapters a week of TLY
    * Write 4,000 words a week of LL14
    * Post every Wednesday to Ruby Blog with tips from Write On 2017! A Writer’s Guide to Prioritizing, Goal Setting, and Time Management
    * Run writing sprints in Ruby chat room four times a week

    Good luck to all of my fellow festival goers!


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  36. Glad to be back with the Rubies. This is my favorite go-to event winter.

    Ok, this caught me as I am trying to set up my goal work for 2017. So, this list might seem a bit much, but I’m hoping to use it and refine it for the rest of the year too!

    I expect unexpected awesomeness.

    1 point
    Write for two 15-min sessions (brainstorm, talk to character, etc. & write it down counts)
    300 words in a day
    A first-draft pantser written scene
    A scene sketch w/GMC
    A scene fix w/GMC
    One 20-min session or four 7-min sessions of QiGong
    1 drawing
    A character or location sketch/worksheet
    3-pages> look or discard overused/throwaway words, cliché hunt/fix, power word search
    3-pages>Margie color-coded
    1-pg color-coded edit, including tension
    A nap (30 min min)
    A walk with the girls
    Not going on FB for a whole day
    Not going on twitter for a whole day (or get 2 points in for the day first)
    Meditation 15 min
    Get to bed by 10:30pm 3 or more nights during the week
    1hr of reading (with at least 15 min of Writing something for each reading hour)
    Check in with accountabilibuddy

    Absolute craptastic day or Sunday – bullet points: 5 points of gratitude, 5 idea thoughts, & a happy dance or song.

    Three 20-min or 1hr session of QiGong
    1-hr of sprint sessions
    A basic story plot rough out – short or long
    1 painting
    1 blog article

    A short story (at least 5000 words) first draft complete – within a week.


  37. YAAAAAAAY!!! I’m so excited! I look forward to this all year! Okay, my goals are 1k words and/or 3 hrs of outlining/editing.

    GOOD LUCK, ALL!!!!


  38. Maria Runyon says:

    This is my second year and I could not be more excited to get started.

    My point breakdown is as follows
    – 1 pt. for each sprint I participate in
    – 1 pt. for every 30 minutes of undistracted writing.
    – 1 pt. for each thing I do outside my writing comfort zone

    Good luck everyone. I hope we all reach our goals.


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  39. Jeni Burns says:

    I’m excited to join such a great group of writers this winter.
    Goals on my schedule for the next 50 days:
    *1-2K a day in current WIP
    *2nd round of edits on W’s B.
    *Copyedits on W’s B.
    *Promotion and marketing time (1-2hrs a week until I get my new system in place, then 3 hrs/week after)
    *Format boxed set
    *release boxed set
    *Newsletter freebie-edit
    *newsletter giveaway
    * Plot book 3 of Elemental Love series


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  40. Gwynlyn says:

    I don’t know that I’ll be signing in each day–time is what it is–but I do plan to work on Book 2 of the Earth Colony Chronicles during this year’s WWF. It’s cold, snowy, and yucky outside, so it’s the perfect time to hunker down!


  41. Julie Findlow says:

    This is my third (I think) RRSWWF and I am excited to join in again. The last half of last year kicked me in the teeth and my writing slowed to a dead halt. So my goal for this WWF is simple: I want to rediscover my love of writing. And to do that, I need to get back into the practice of working on my writing every day.

    I’m going to keep my point goal simple, too. I will give myself 1 point for every day that I spend an hour doing absolutely anything that I can connect to writing. Plus one point for taking one weekend day off.

    I hope that will get me rolling and back on track. If nothing else, the ladies in the sprint rooms always inspire me and pump me up. See you in the sprints!


  42. MS Panthera says:

    I have finally returned from my Dr’s appt. What he discussed with me concerning my MS and other health issues has me considering carefully about what my goals are going to be this year and if they will be compatible with what he suggested to try to regain my health.

    These are the goals I have decided on
    1. Edit 3 pages 5 days a week
    2. Read 5 pages 2 days a week

    Although these do not feel like a lot of goals, I hope to have 2 short stories completely edited by the end of the 50 days. Plus have better control of my out of control health.

    Good luck one and all!


  43. Stephanie Baassler says:

    I’ve been needing a kick in the pants, and this showed up just in time. 😉

    This year I will give myself 1 point for the following:

    * 500 new words
    * 45 minutes revising, editing, outlining
    * each sprint attended that I write at least 250 words


  44. delia says:

    I’m excited to participate in the WWF again! I’m not certain how many of these I’ve done but it feels like a lot. My main goal is to finish the rough drafts for my NaNoWriMo 2015 novel and NaNoWriMo 2016 novels. They both need an ending, and I need them to end. I am ready to move on to new stories 🙂 My subgoals to get me to the big goal:

    1. point for 500 words

    2. point for editing 5 pages

    3. point for 30 minutes of exercise

    4. point for an hour of reading a writing craft book

    5. point for 30 minutes of brainstorming

    6. one point per week for family /friend time.


  45. I haven’t tried this before. 🙂

    1 point for 1,000 new words a day.
    1 point for one hour of revisions.


  46. Tammy H says:

    1 point for writing 500 words a day
    1 point for revising a chapter a day
    1 point for consistently writing for 3 days in row


  47. Grace Whidby says:

    One point for each:

    500 words written
    Reaching 2500 words in a week
    Reading a blog post, article, or chapter of a book on writing
    Revising each week’s writing at EOW
    Writing at least 3 days a week
    Checking in here, daily, and reading at least one of the blog posts related to this event.

    I am committed to seeing this through, and earning 50 points in the next five weeks. This is so much more my speed than NaNo. 🙂


  48. Adrienne Fraser says:

    Happy to be here again this year, was such fun last year.
    1 point for 500 words a day
    1 point for editing one chapter
    1 point for new blog post
    1 point for brainstorming new WIP
    1 point for re-write


  49. Patricia Brown says:

    Doing this for the first time this year after hearing about it from one of my favorite authors Darynda Jones. I love writing but often find life gets in the way and I definitely hate the editing part so any little help is appreciated. My goals for this year include:

    1. writing 500 words per day
    2. deep revising for one hour per day
    3. doing a final polish on 25 pages per day
    4. Allow myself on bad days to only write 200 page.
    5. Allow myself on bad days to only write 5 pages of story notes or concepts.


  50. 1) a point for a sprint
    2) a point for completing a scene
    3) a point for 30 min brainstorming
    4) a point for attending local RWA meetings

    I really enjoy this challenge since it helps me get back in the swing of things after the holidays. Thank you so much for hosting Rubies!


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  51. donnas says:

    Yay, so glad its back. I had some life events that kept me from completing the past two years but this is my year I know it.

    Keeping it simple this run out of the seven days.
    -Write 5 days a week.
    -1 day either writing or working/reading about craft – either part of a craft book, exercises, or attending a workshop
    -1 day off completely if desired, if the words are flowing this can be skipped



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  52. Elisa Beatty says:

    Welcome back, Donna!


  53. Elisa Beatty says:

    I forgot to post my own goals!!

    My little guy is having some medical issues right now, so time is unpredictable, but I’m going to give myself a point for any of the following:

    -half an hour of new writing
    -half an hour of revising
    -one writing sprint
    -making brainstorming notes, even if it’s just on my phone

    Keeping it small and simple!!

    Good luck, everybody!!


  54. elise hayes says:

    Chiming in late, but I still want to participate this year! My New Year’s resolution is to start writing regularly again, so the timing of the WWF is PERFECT.

    My problem is actually getting my butt in the chair to write. Once I do that, I’m fine. So my goal is butt in chair, at least 10 minutes for it to count, at least four days per week.

    Good luck everyone!


  55. Elisa Beatty says:

    And the prize winners from the Opening Ceremonies are:

    Maria Runyon

    Nicole Terry


    Catherine Lawrence

    Penny Henriksen

    Look for an email from me!


  56. Liz Talley says:

    I’m late to the party but I wanted to hop over and get my goals down.

    * complete edits for book 3 in Morning Glory series
    * create a marketing plan for book 3 (April release)
    * write 25K new material on book 4

    Points will be earned for 1 hour of editing, marketing research or new writing. Essentially 1 hour a day will mean I’m winning even if two hours is probably needed.

    If I can do all that, I’ll be dancing into spring in good shape 🙂

    Good luck everyone!


  57. Done and done! Thank you all for kicking my butt. 🙂


  58. Late to the party – but here are my intentions
    In the chair points (writing points)
    1 point per chapter with final edits of book 2
    5 points for sending book 2 to publisher
    1 point for checking edits from cp per chapter book 3
    2 points per chapter edited for book 4
    5 points per chapter written for book 5
    5 points for critiquing other writer chapters

    Out of the chair points
    1 point for attending belly dance class
    1 point for attending yoga class
    2 point for stepping onto my yoga mat at home
    5 points for outdoor activity (snowshoeing)

    I declare that by Feb 28, 2017 I will have attained 50 points.


  59. So for the moment – can you please consider this my registration – WordPress doesn’t like me – I have my same membership from last year – it won’t accept my password and I asked it for a new one and no email has arrived to confirm the change – le sigh.


  60. Kathryn Hills says:

    Late to the party, but I’m happy to be here. Friday the 13th? Humm…perfect day for this paranormal author 😉 Super-fun writing event and great motivation. Thank you! Good luck everyone, and happy writing!


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