It’s Time for the Winter Writing Festival WEEK 4 Check In!

Happy check in and welcome to Week 4!

How are we already here – a month into the festival?! We’re at that stage where we’ve had some wins and some hiccups, some forward progress and some maddening slow downs. That’s normal!! And the reality of the job. The important thing is to keep our eyes on the end goal – forward progress.

If you have had a few bumps in the road, don’t worry. A new week’s here to reset your goals and keep moving forward.

In the meantime, here’s to the Week 4 check in. If you’ve made your goal for the week, let us know! Type I MADE MY GOAL below and let us cheer you on. If you haven’t hit goal this week, please check in anyway and tell us how you did and some of your wins this week. As I am fond of saying….ALL words are good words!

Oh…and one more thing. There are prizes. So there’s that <g>


So leave a comment and let’s get this Week 4 party started!


66 responses to “It’s Time for the Winter Writing Festival WEEK 4 Check In!”

  1. I MADE MY GOAL! (Just!)

    I’m abroad with work this week and last week was mostly spent trying to get ready for it! But I managed to take half an hour every day to focus on writing or editing which felt good – to escape a little.

    Finding the balance is always a challenge but it’s now becoming more natural to make and take the time for my words.


  2. Rebekah Simmers says:

    Didn’t make my goals last week. Yesterday was my first day back after being down for almost a week with the flu. Head finally clear and hitting it again šŸ™‚


    • Oh no, Rebekah! I’m glad you’re feeling better – the flu is the pits. Here’s to a productive week moving forward now that you’re not dealing with plague anymore. šŸ™‚


    • Addison Fox says:

      Oh Rebekeh – I am so so sorry to hear this. I swear, the flu has been so awful this year. Take care of you and here’s to a very productive – and flu-free – Week 5!!



  3. Jennifer Brodie says:


    Two 45 minute writing sessions a day. I have a digital egg timer that helps keep me on track and stops others in the house from interrupting – even the dog! šŸ˜‰


  4. Lenee Anderson says:

    I made my goal!

    I struggled for a few days last week but then came upon the solution quiet quickly. I also decide to lose one character altogether and made a great character realization about another. So while there may not have been tons of writing, there was a lot of forward progress made! Things seem to be falling to place now!


  5. Alma-Marie says:

    I managed to write daily and read materials checked out from the library for research. All this with viewing over 30 videos! I’m not sure how I did it, but the dog looks skinny and the hubs looks mad! But, I found the balance and I’ve come up with a motto: Put your own face mask on first! By doing this everything has changed for me and I’m carving out more time for myself. It feels marvelous!


  6. I made my goal! Woot woot! All RITA entries and all GH entries save one – judged. Eight thousand words on my new proposal – going strong, baby! This next week will be revisions on my May book – the most painful part for me, so I will take all the good luck wishes I can get! šŸ™‚ Happy writing, everyone! Keep going strong!


  7. I MADE MY GOAL even though I was traveling for work. Although I didn’t get any new words on the page, I journaled about the changes I’ll make now that I’m back home with the MS. Looking forward to good progress next week!


  8. Alyssa Henderson says:

    The previous week didn’t quite go as planned which forced me to evaluate my approach to my goals and tweak it. This past week went much better and I am proud to say I MADE MY GOAL :)Whew!


  9. Lille says:


    This week was challenging….but I had gotten so much done in the beginning of the WWF it helped me overall. I finished my first draft (thanks to the encouragement of you all) and now I am gleaning info from RSS and going over it and I am polishing my ruby.

    I am sooo grateful to WWF and you all! THANKS!!!


  10. Marin says:

    I made my goal. šŸ˜€ I finished the book I was editing and submitted it to my editor on Friday, and now Iā€™m starting something new. Woot!


  11. Cynthia Huscroft says:


    …even though my desktop crashed. Last save was my WIP…to a flash drive & also sent to two different emails.

    Of course, I am now pre-occupied with shopping for a new one. Fortunately, it will still come up and am able to pull a few things off at a time. Thankful for my laptop.


    • Julia Day says:

      Wow, there must be something in the air with laptops. Heather had troubles last week, and my daughter did too. We had to buy her a new one.

      So glad that you had your WIP backed up!


    • Janet Walden-West says:

      Ugh. First the printer, and now the laptop?


      • Cynthia Huscroft says:

        PC, Janet…the one with the “mother lode”…book backed up in several places – whew! Now the most daunting ask will be shopping…& am a gamer – the DL for LoTRO is monstrous…fortunately it is installed on my laptop. Feel like I’m living the Bermuda Triangle…!!


  12. PennyH says:

    Checking in. First day I’ve been on a computer since last Thursday. I’ve been knocked on my butt super sick. So – nope, didn’t meet my goals this week. Thank heavens I was ahead. Hope to be back working soon.


  13. Diane Mayer says:

    I did not make my goal, but am pleased with what I was able to do. Last week and over the weekend I fought off another head cold, so felt funky. Work was busy too. But, I wrote almost 3000 wds, and the day is not over yet. Also, put in a few hours editing and managed to do two sprints.

    Congrats to all for working hard this week.


  14. Diane Mayer says:

    Also, thank you Rubies, you’re a super group!
    I love the push of a deadline, especially one that is so much fun.

    Power on!!!


  15. Sonja says:

    I made my goal. I have made some changes to my goals and my outlook because life has been throwing some crazy loops lately, but I am writing.


  16. I made my goal! 29 exactly. This really helped me push to add those 500 words these last few days when I haven’t been feeling great. Thank you, Rubies!


  17. Panthera says:

    Congrats to all who made their goal! Also I am glad to see those of you pushing through the hard times even if you didn’t make your goal.

    As for me, The pain I was experiencing, increased to the point of causing falls and a very worried Service Dog. Finally, after falling for like the umpteenth time, and realizing I might have a cold as well, I went to a doctor to get checked out. Yes, I have a cold and am now taking medicine for it. AND the pain is sciatica issues. I was given a shot to reduce swelling. Unfortunately, that’s about all that can be done for it. No one will touch my back because of the MS doubled with degenerative disc. Soooo – I live with it and have since I was knee high to a grasshopper. I am, have always been, and will always be – A WARRIOR!

    That said, I was unable to meet my goal this week. However, I did reconnect with the client I have spent the last 8 years editing for. Embarrassed about being unable to pay me, she had disappeared. I have spent part of my time encouraging her to not give up. (Oh and she did pay what she owed me but I never worried about that. We worked together for too long for that to be an issue between us as far as I was concerned) For me the issue was she gave up writing and was now reaching out for encouragement to return to it.
    A writer needs to write.


  18. Debbie says:

    I MADE GOAL: Some of it was absolutely bad but some of it I was happy with. Had some days that there was so much on my plate I couldn’t sit down to write – but made up for it on other days.


  19. Elisa Beatty says:


    Still keeping just an average of half an hour a day, and making it up mostly on the weekends, but I’m happy to be mentally back in the world of my story. My brain is often brewing ideas even when I’m doing other work, and that doesn’t happen if I don’t look at the manuscript for weeks at a time.


  20. delia says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! My schedule doesn’t allow me to write every day, but I’ve finally found a rhythm that works for me. I’m excited to see where this manuscript is going šŸ™‚



    It was another by-the-skin-of-the teeth week, and I missed sprints this week, but it happened. Hopefully, I can get back to the chat room tomorrow. I’m finishing this project by the Closing Ceremonies, or else. šŸ™‚


  22. Hywela Lyn says:

    I’ve still not done as much as I’d hoped – but I have managed to attend a few sprints, got my blog posts done on time and managed to revise another couple of chapters of the WIP as well as a short story – oh and I cleaned up my backup disc and made sure I had the latest updates backed up, so I reckon I’ve made progress, even if the novel isn’t coming on as fast as I could have wished.


  23. Meghan Bennett says:

    I am making my goal. I am about third way through my my main goal.


  24. Betsy Gray says:

    I MADE MY GOAL!! Finally, a week where I can say that! Whew.

    My local RWA chapter had a retreat this past weekend and I was able to do some brainstorming and get back on track with my WIP. I also entered a couple of contests today, so I’m feeling pretty good about my progress.

    I’m going to do my best to join in some of the sprints this next week.

    I’ve pretty much lost track of what my overall points are, though. Next year I’ll know to keep a better record of them. This year? Sigh. *shrugs*


    • Yay, Betsy. It’s great to have some buddies to brainstorm with. Sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees. Hopefully you can make it to some more sprints.


      • Paula Huffman says:

        Hi, Bev – I just saw your Second Chance series and now I have to read it! I once had a thoroughbred named Second Chance. He was a stakes horse who had an injury, and we retrained him as a hunter. What a gentleman! I look forward to reading your stories.


  25. Liz Jakes says:

    I’m up to 34 points, combo writing and doing GH entries–I made an excel sheet to add up the words written, and I’m pretty happy about where I’m at. I’m hoping to finish the first draft by the end of the challenge, or at least get close. Best to all!


  26. Paula Huffman says:

    Though I didn’t write a lot of new words this week, I’ve gotten the manuscript in much better order and had some major realizations about my characters. Even though I didn’t do exactly what I’d planned, I still accomplished enough to be satisfied. So I guess… I MADE MY GOAL! My push for this week is a new chapter and some additional editing. Have to work late again tomorrow, so may not get a lot done until the weekend, but that’s okay, too. Thanks to everyone for the inspiration and the support!


  27. Phyllis Mohn says:

    I MADE MY GOAL and I’m finally finishing my novel!


  28. Jolie Mohn says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! I’ve completely lost track of my points, but I know I’ve earned one for every single day (and the original bonus point for signing up). I am still writing a minimum of 500 words each day, and although I lost my way on this story for a bit, I think I’m finally back on track.


  29. Patricia Mohn says:

    I MADE MY GOAL!!! I’ve been able to write at least 500 words every day.


  30. Geena Gallardo says:

    I proudly did not make my goal!!!! šŸ™‚


  31. Stephanie Baassler says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! Only a few new words, but I’m pounding away at the planning and research stuff. I’ll be fully ready to blast into the actual writing soon. And fully prepared instead of floundering, wondering where things are going. šŸ™‚


  32. Julie Findlow says:


    Iā€™m chipping away at revising a much-too-long book and Iā€™m happy that I can see progress being made.


  33. Kathy Crouch says:

    Made my goal of 500 words per day grand total was 4,380 this past week. I’ve written 22,780 words since the end of December.


  34. Michelle Alerte says:

    I’m moving along really well at my book 2! Have started setting goals a week at a time and have been hitting them! I’m looking forward to writing The End!


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