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2016 Ruby Winter Writing Festival Check-in Monday #5

Welcome to the Week 5 check-in!

We’ve reached the point in the marathon where we may be starting to fatigue, wanting to give up because our original goals may seem unattainable. However, there’s still time to succeed! That second wind—that runner’s (writer’s?) high—is just around the corner. Don’t give up!!

If you’re keeping up and hitting your stride, congratulations! Definitely share below, in the comments, and start with “I MADE MY GOAL” so we can cheer you on!

But some of us may be struggling to find our balance or maintain the pace we desired when the festival began. This may be the point to try something new, such as adjusting your expectations and goals, re-prioritizing, or trying a new strategy like joining the sprints in the chat room for some added support or identifying what’s not working (maybe in your plot, your writing schedule, or other distractions?) and addressing it in new ways.

Remember, each day is a chance to recreate yourself, and to meet your goals! Don’t give up.

As usual with our check-in days, we have some amazing prizes offered by the Ruby Sisterhood. Comment below with a progress update to enter this week’s drawing.

This week’s prizes are:

 

Please share how you’re doing below (the good, the bad, and the ugly!). If you’ve made your goal, please remember to add “I MADE MY GOAL” at the beginning of your comment. 😉

And good luck to all of us who haven’t given up. Stay strong, visualize victory, and reach for the finish line — we’re in the home stretch!!

67 responses to “2016 Ruby Winter Writing Festival Check-in Monday #5”

  1. I hate to say it, but I didn’t check in last week because I was ashamed that I didn’t meet my goal. This week I have, but barely. I’m getting on here to check in. Next time I don’t make my goal, I’ll check in regardless. Hope everyone has a great week and fantastic writing.

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    • Melanie, I’m glad you checked in. 🙂 I have a feeling there are some of us out there (me, included) who are struggling each week to meet our goals (or not meet our goals). It’s just as important to hear about people soldiering onward despite difficulties! Sometimes those are the most inspiring stories.

      I didn’t meet my goal last week or the week before, but I’m catching up, slowly. We’ll make this week a good week! 🙂

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    • Hana says:

      Happy you checked in anyways, Melanie! 😀
      Cheering for you this week!

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    • Elizabeth Langston says:

      Don’t be ashamed! It’s all about finding the fun.

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      No need for shame, Melanie!! All that matters is getting back on that horse. Thanks for checking in!!

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  2. Desiree says:

    Other than my membership keeps making me change my information in order for me to log in, I’ve been doing GREAT! I totally forgot to check in last week though, because my Monday’s are crazy and I don’t always think about it sunday night.
    But I’m hitting all my goals, and things are going amazingly! I’ve got a decent synopsis FINALLY, and now I’m getting to work on the rearranging of my book. If things keep going the way they have been, I should have no problems making my April goal!! 😀

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  3. I will share that I made my goal for last week, but am still a few points behind, overall, from previous weeks. I know I’ll get there though. This’ll be a busy week, but I think I’ll finally have time to catch up!

    I love the festival each year because I find it so motivating!

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  4. I MADE MY GOAL! 🙂

    Last week turned out to be quite productive for me. I hit the 50K mark in the WIP I started for Winterfest and put the story into first round revisions. *Fist Pump*

    I also worked on revisions for the story I finished here last year, added new words, and polished that 75K MS.

    Thanks, Rubies for a wonderful week.

    I selfishly wish Winterfest would go on all year long.

    Ninja Paula 🙂

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  5. Hana says:

    I MADE MY GOAL!

    I continue to write daily (for at least 250) and I’m nearing the 1/3rd mark of this WIP. I want it done by the end of the month, so I need to keep keeping on! 😀

    Happy to see everyone turning out, regardless of hitting goals for the week or not! The Winterfest has really made these last 4 – I started almost a week late – weeks.

    This week I’d like to get back to the sprints in the chatroom. I flew solo for the last week, and I realized I missed the rare companionship the Rubies provides. Gotta do at least a few more sprints this week on top of writing daily for 250+!

    Good luck to everyone else!!

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  6. Marin McGinnis says:

    I made my goal! I just about cracked the 60k mark on the WIP, but at the last minute I threw a wrench into the works so I’ve got another 2-3k to go. 😀

    I didn’t write at all yesterday–spent the day reading Debra Dixon’s GMC and finishing a couple of RITA books, which was good, but I feel a bit guilty and I think not writing made me a bit crabby. A new experience for me, and I hope it means that the WWF is helping me change my habits!

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    • The reading definitely sounds like writing-related goals! I’ve been giving myself a point for each book I read. 😉

      Sounds like you’re developing a beautiful writing habit! Keep up the great work this week!

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Yes, AWESOME on building that daily writing habit!!

      I’m with you–as long as I’m writing at least a little each day, I’m a happy camper. My mood drops if I don’t get to it. Natural mood enhancer!!!

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  7. I made my goal! Have 44 points going into 2+ weeks of craziness on the day job. On the other hand, I’ve had to accept that this book will not be done by March 1. I still may make my original goal of March 12, though, and have it revised and to my agent by March 30. Assuming I don’t get revisions from my editor. . .

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    • Good luck, Nancy! Sounds like you made the most of the time you had, and I’m sure you’ll get through the rest in March. 🙂

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      You can do it, Nancy!!

      Even in the craziest times, prioritize carving out at least a few minutes each day for your writing self. You can get SO much done if you just keep chipping away at it!

      I love how you plan ahead….you will do it!!!!

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  8. C.E. Black says:

    I made my goal!

    I spent some of my time editing, formatting, and readying my book for release, while also beginning a new project. Now back to it!

    Congrats all!

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  9. Hope Ramsay says:

    I MADE MY GOAL. I finished the first act of the WIP (22K) just in time for a revision letter to arrive from my editor. So I’m back to editing instead of writing, which is always much slower going. But I’m also happy to say that I’ve read all my RITA books (some of them were fabulous) and submitted my scores a whole month ahead of time. So I’ve been super productive the last five weeks. And I’ve spent Wednesday mornings in the chat room helping festival authors brainstorm issues and problems, which as been fun. Remember the brainstorming sessions are on Wednesday from 8 – 11 am eastern. I hang out there for the duration, so if you can’t make it at 8:00 am, feel free to stop by any time during that time period. And if you don’t have anything to brainstorm, but you’d like to help others, you can stop by as well.

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  10. Elisa Beatty says:

    I MADE MY GOAL!!!

    Hosting chat room sprints three times a week has been genius for keeping myself on track.

    And I’m off all week!!!!! And today, the rest of the fam are all out having fun in the summery California sunshine, so I’m here with a quiet house and TIME. I’m going to write like a demon!!!

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    • That sounds so awesome, Elisa! Hope you’re writing like a demon right now. 🙂 And hope to see you in the chat room sometime this week! It’s my goal to get there more often this week…

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  11. […] It’s time to hop over to the regular Ruby blog right now to let us know how your week went, and another chance for you to win cool prizes (we’ve even got TWO critiques up for grabs this week!!!). rubyslipperedsisterhood.com […]

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  12. I MADE MY GOAL.

    And I’m almost afraid to say it and jinx myself. Because this means I’m on schedule to finish these revisions by the end of the Festival. And they’ve hung over me so long, finishing seems like some sort of miracle.

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  13. Lyz Kelley says:

    I MADE MY GOAL…but just squeaked by.

    I got derailed by all sorts of things like judging Golden Heart entries, workshop homework that took longer than expected…and then the daily grind.

    I’m hoping to plow through this week…crossing fingers.

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  14. delia says:

    I MADE MY GOAL!

    I’ve had to revise my goals and my expectations to meet my weekly goals. Work life is getting in the way of my writing life. My overall goal for the WWF was to get the rest of the my WIP written. I’ve written some new scenes so I am happy about that However, I think I’m going to have to settle for getting it all plotted out. It’s not a finished rough draft but it’s going in the right direction. I am determined to make lemonade out of all of these lemons in my life 🙂

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  15. Becca Bachlott says:

    I made my goal!

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  16. Scarlett West says:

    I MADE MY GOAL!

    In fact, thanks to the festival I reached my overall goal already: finishing the very first draft of the second book of my series!! Now comes the fun part: editing. (sarcasm) LOL!

    Thanks to everyone, especially the sprint room people. Rachel K and I have been meeting prints after the sprints for the super night owls. Thanks Rachel and others who have shown up.

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  17. Nellie says:

    I’m still running behind but I have an idea of where I want to go with things. I need to get things together and not in five different places.

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  18. Having an idea of where you want to go is most of the battle, Nellie. I always keep a pen and paper beside the bed so I can jot down those night inspirations. Keep plugging and good luck!

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  19. Marla Murphy says:

    I’m still ahead on points I banked the first couple of weeks, but didn’t write anything new for three days. I did some edits from a couple of critiques. Today I’m working on WIP. Yeah.

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  20. Penny H says:

    Sorry, late checking in. The website was down last night around 10pm when I was trying. I’m not really ahead, but I am keeping up with points. I was thinking I would be writing more, but I am in the process of becoming a reformed pantser and it seemed I needed more time for things to gel and fall into place. So I’ve worked on my series bible, my character, and each of the stories that crosses and effects my main story. I am now starting to pull all of those threads together and my goal is to have my completed story outline done this week. I keep remembering what I learned from James Patterson… He spends 4-6 wks doing a detailed outline and then he says it takes him about 2 wks to write the book and send it out for editing…. I’m hoping and working towards that (although 2wks on top of a full time job and life, might still need some massaging…. We’ll see. 😀 )

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    • Penny, glad you checked in! Your comments resonated with me because I was a plotter, but then this current series has been so frustrating because I can’t seem to “see” the plot, so I was a pantster, but man, it’s been frustrating writing this way (for me, anyway)! I need to go back to plotting. And it’s so hard to know how much time that will take, to bring all the threads together and such, so it’s hard to plan and set goals. I hear ya, sister. So I moved to a “time” goal of 2 hours a day on my manuscript. And I’m trying not to beat myself up about not getting farther in the word or page count.

      Good luck!!

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      • PennyH says:

        It has been a real learning process, with one heck of a set of curves. But, I’m convinced now, after trying to re-work a few novel length stories, that I had structural problems that were hard to pin down and resolve from a pantsing stance. So, I’m trusting the process and learning as I go. I think it will be much better in the end. 😀

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  21. I MADE MY GOAL! Stupid cold couldn’t keep me down…not with a deadline looming! I forgot to check in yesterday since I was at the eye doctor for FOUR FREAKING HOURS! Grrr. But that’s another story…. Onward!

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  22. Rachel Kolodziej says:

    I made my goal and then some! Making progress on a couple of projects!

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  23. I made my goal, wahoo!

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  24. I missed Monday but I MADE MY GOAL.

    I finished the round of edits on Book #1, still have another round or two to go, but getting closer. Still have to exchange showing feelings for telling. And checking the arc’s to make sure I didn’t repeat myself or miss any key steps.

    Also finished my research on building amusement parks. Yay!!!

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