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Welcome to Week 2!

Welcome to week 2 of the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival! We’re now a full 5 days in to the Winter Writing Festival and the excitement and enthusiasm that pushed us over the starting line has begun to even out a bit. We’ve had a few sprints under our belt and a few days of fresh or revised words and a few days to get used to our new goals.

How are you doing?

If you’ve hit your goals every day or on track for the first full week’s check in, go you!! You’ve worked hard and are working hard and that’s awesome.

If you’ve missed a day or two, that’s OK, too. Don’t get discouraged – it’s time to get back up and keep going.

To the above comments – it’s so easy to look at our writing careers as binary. We are writing or we’re not. And while that’s true – books don’t get written without sitting in the chair, putting our hands on the keyboard and doing the work – the reality is that it is quite rare to find someone who writes every day.

There are those people who write every single day – and my hat is off to them – but what you will find more often over time is that writers settle into a rhythm. I write several days every week and the amount I write amps and declines based on how the story is going, how early vs. how late I am in the book (for me, early pages just write slower than later pages – I can’t change that), how much free time I have and how close to deadline I am.

What I’ve learned over time is that a missed day of writing or a day where I come up short on word count can and will easily be made up if I sit back down the next day and keep going.

Wishing you a most excellent 2018 WWF. I hope you meet every goal you set and I wish you the perseverance and persistence to keep pushing for them. The work product you have on the other side of this will be SO worth it. And the world will be better for the stories YOU put into it!

XO,

Addison

17 responses to “Welcome to Week 2!”

  1. I wish someone had pounded the idea that I would find my own process ‘in time’ into my thick head when I first started writing for publication. Knowing that, might’ve cut out a lot of stress for me to be like (fill in blank).

    However, in order to find your own process takes trail and error –trying ways others recommend. So new writers, don’t stress. Whether you write every day or only once a week for an entire day, whether you spend weeks plotting or don’t plot at all, whether you write really fast first drafts or edit as you go, it’s all ok. Eventually you’ll find your process.

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    • Addison Fox says:

      I know I’ve said it on this blog before, but we SO need a t-shirt for this!!! Process is as individual as a fingerprint and it’s also one of the hardest things to understand as a new writer. It took me years to fully understand and appreciate my process and get comfortable that it’s “my way” – not the right way.

      xo,
      Addison

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  2. Julia Day says:

    I think we should all give ourselves credit for writerly things we do without our hands on the keyboard. Sometimes, when my brain is in a logjam, watching a great movie or reading a good book can loosen up the jam. Diagnosing what I like or don’t like about another story readies me for mine.

    When the words just aren’t flowing for me, there is usually a good reason and BICHOK makes me feel worse. So, yeah, binge on THE CROWN.

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    • Addison Fox says:

      YES!!! This!!!

      We are creative individuals and while I’m not a believer in writer’s block, per se, I am a firm believer in filling the well. Instead of feeling guilty in those moments, we should embrace what and how they contribute to our creativity!!

      So yeah…binge away! 🙂

      xx

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  3. I certainly don’t write every day – in fact I took yesterday off. Though I did read one of my RITA entries, so I’m still keeping up on my points! 🙂 My main goal is to keep my rhythm going and trust my instincts on when I’m approaching burn out. Some days you need to be able to give yourself a break. And some days you need to keep going and going and going because you feel like you’re flying.

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  4. I think a lot of us are still working on not beating ourselves up over unrealistic expectations.

    Last week, and today, were all about unexpected snow days and doctors’ visits, and I only made it to the chat room twice.

    But,I made the most of those visits, and I’m editing as I sit in a waiting room. I want one of those Write You tees.

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    • Julia Day says:

      Yes! Do not beat yourself up. Writers are human too. Getting all angsty about writing can drain the joy.

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    • Addison Fox says:

      It’s so true, Janet. And guilt is really hell on the writing. Some days write easier than others and some days are more productive than others. It’s just the way it goes.

      On the days when it isn’t, finding productivity in those pockets is so key!

      Addison

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  5. Kathy Crouch says:

    Somehow I missed this challenged. I am writing 500 words per day. I was working full time, dealing with cataract eye surgery and follow up so the 500 words per day is good for me. I’m going to jump in and continue with the 500 words per day.

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  6. Darynda Jones says:

    Fantastic post, Addison. My RWA chapter meeting addressed this over the weekend. How different we all are and how varied our processes are. It’s hard NOT to beat ourselves up, but you are spot on. We are all our own writers.

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    • Addison Fox says:

      It’s so true, D. I’m endlessly fascinated by how many steps and emotions and phases we go through on our journey as writers. The process of creation is different for everyone. We may end up with the same output – a finished manuscript – but the way we get there is so incredibly individual.

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  7. Elisa Beatty says:

    IT’S NOT A BINARISM!!

    Thank you, Addison.

    So many things in this world would be easier for people if we just threw out binaristic thinking entirely.

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