Announcing the 2014 Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival!

Yipeeee!!!! It’s one of my favorite times of the year!

Not just because of the beautiful solstice holidays full of light, but because THE FOURTH ANNUAL RUBY SLIPPERED SISTERHOOD WINTER WRITING FESTIVAL IS ON ITS WAY!!!

Those who’ve taken part the past three years know that the WWF is fabulous for productivity (especially if you take part in some of writing sprints!!).

If you haven’t joined us before, jump on over and join us starting January 10, 2014. It’s completely free, and the more the merrier!

Through the bleakest part of winter—January 10 through the end of February—the Winter Writing Festival will be here to keep your creative fires burning, with support, advice, inspiration, lots of sprinting in our chat room, fun prizes for participants, and as much virtual hot-chocolate (and virtual cookies!!) as you please. ‘Cause nobody’s Muse can resist a party!






Here’s the beauty part:  unlike NaNoWriMo and other writing challenges that (much as we love them!!) have a one-size-fits-all approach, the Ruby Winter Writing Festival is designed for you.

No matter what stage you’re at right now (brainstorming, plotting, free-writing, fast-drafting, slow-drafting, revising, layering, polishing…or any combination of the above) the Ruby Winter Writing Festival wants to give you fuel for your winter writing fire.

We’re going to work with a “point” system, with a goal of earning one point per day.

Everybody gets one bonus point on the first day for stopping by the Ruby blog and making a public commitment to take part in the Festival. Then, for each of the 50 days of the Festival (including January 10), 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 10 pages per day OR

-doing a final polish on 25 pages per day OR

-participating in an hour of writing sprints

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

NEW THIS YEAR: FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO CAN’T PREDICTABLY WORK *DAILY* BUT KNOW YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH A GOAL BY THE END OF A *WEEK*, we’re officially giving you permission (not that you ever needed it!) to set a weekly instead of a daily goal, and then give yourself 7 points when you make it!! (See? It’s SUPER CHILL AND FLEXIBLE around here.)

YOU set the goals that meet your personal writing style and writing needs. If you can’t meet your goal on any particular day (or week), you can certainly double or triple or quadruple your goal on another day (or week) 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.’ Yes, really, you can get a point for taking a planned day off!! Don’t be shy.

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 on the Ruby blog every Friday during the Festival to report your progress. If you reach the end of February with at least 50 points, YOU WIN!!

Because we’re the Rubies, and we like to do things up right (and…okay, because we have the awesome Liz Bemis of we’ll even have a special sister website up and running during the Festival which you can access by going to or by clicking the blue “Ruby Winter Writing Festival” button which will soon appear near the top of the Ruby site.

Everyone who commits to participating on January 10 will be able to download a cool “Ruby Winter Writing Festival Participant” badge (similar to what’s shown at the top of this post) to post on their own website or blog.

Plus, everyone who checks in on a Friday reporting that they’re on track with earning points will be entered in random drawings for cool prizes, like copies of craft books, copies of books by published Rubies, and expert critiques from the Sisters!

If you check in on Friday, February 28 and report you’ve WON, you’ll be able to download a “Ruby Winter Writing Festival WINNER” badge to post on your website or blog.

And of course you’ll have the satisfaction of achieving a small boatload of wonderful shiny writing progress (not to mention eternal fame and glory…and cookies!).

What’s not to love?

Decide on your personal terms for earning points, and join us back here on Friday January 10 to get started!! And spread the word on your loops, Facebook, and personal websites! The more writers who join us, the stronger we’ll all be!


37 responses to “Announcing the 2014 Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival!”

  1. Woot! I’m ready! I have a book due to my editor on April 15th so this is perfect to keep me moving forward. I can help with moderating the writing sprints again this year.

    Love this Winter Writing Festival!

  2. Liz Talley says:

    Can’t wait! I am a maniac during RSSWWF and get TONS of words in. Chatroom- get ready for me!

  3. Kim Law says:

    Woot! Doing my WWF dance already. Yes, I have a WWF dance. It’s not pretty.

    Can’t wait!!! I have a book due on Apr 1 and a novella to finish in January. Lots of good words heading my way!!!

  4. Pintip says:

    Yay! I love the WWF! I will definitely be back this year! Spreading the word now…

  5. Looking forward to using the WWF to get me moving toward my writing goals again after the holiday break! I’ve got a manuscript to edit. 🙂

  6. CJ Vermote says:

    This sounds like the perfect opportunity for me to get through the revision of a short story I’m working on. Count me in. I did the NaNo project this year and made it so this should be fun and encouraging for me 🙂

  7. I’ve tried to do this other years, and something always got in the way. THIS YEAR, I have to do it!

  8. Tamara Hogan says:

    Yay, Winter Writing Festival! Count me in for Sunday afternoon writing sprints in the chatroom…

  9. It’s that time! It’s that time!!!! Or, well, almost. SWEET!!! Writing sprints, here I come!

  10. Saralyn Miller says:

    This sounds like loads of fun and I will definitely be marking my calendar to join in this year! 😉

  11. Jamie Rebecca says:

    If Darynda says to do it, I guess I better do it!

  12. Tina Hammond says:

    Only 8000 words short of NaNo goals for 2013 (mainly because of editing deadlines– unlike Ruby Slipper, they don’t give us credit for the editing).

    This event would be my first year of participation, but I’m excited to learn more and join in on the fun. I have a book targeted for Mid-March, so this should work well for me through the writing and editing needed.

  13. This sounds perfect to get me going on a regular basis! I’m shooting to finish my first draft by the end of February, so this is great! I’m definitely in and super excited for it!

  14. Yes!! Been waiting for this 🙂 I have tons to do and can’t wait to hit the chat room. I swear I get so much done that it takes me the rest of the year to edit what I’ve written. 😉
    Can’t wait to ‘see’ you all!

  15. Oh, my. I can’t wait. I love the sprints. So much fun and I get so much done.

  16. Maggie Kelley says:

    So excited! I love the WWF and will be here sprinting like a madwoman. Yay.
    Merry, merry, rubies!

  17. I can’t wait. I would not have two books coming out next year if I hadn’t participated in the WWF the last three years.

    I’m in the beginnings of what I hope to be my third book, and I need to get serious about finishing it and starting on the fourth.

    I’ll also have edits on book #2 so I’ll really need to stay focused and the Ruby Sisters are the right women for the job.

  18. This is awesome, Elisa! I’m in!!

  19. Lyn says:

    Can’t wait – I’ve loved taking part in the previous WWFs and the sprints are a great way of getting rid of the procrastination syndrome!

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  21. Brilliant. I was looking for something to kick start me after the Christmas holidays.

  22. Terri P says:

    Okay I am posting this late since this is the first week I’m participating in. My goal is 10 words a day. Seriously, it’s a pretty low goal but since I can go weeks and not write, I think it’s doable.

    And this week I made GOAL! And THEN some.

    So Whoop! for Moi!


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