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Winter Writing Festival check in #5

This is really Kate Parker hiding behind Elisa’s better photo. Only two weeks to go! Can you believe it? This is the warning bell for all the procrastinators out there. If  you’ve been moving steadily along, you’ve not only been amassing points, you’ve been amassing words in your work in progress. That’s what it’s all […]

Some NaNoWriMo Wisdom on Revision

The wonderful NaNoWriMo website publishes all sorts of pep talks from established authors, including lots of wise advice about revision. Today, I’ve snagged a few of my favorite bits to share with you if you’re one of our Winter Writing Festival participants who’s primarily focused on revision right now: “Believe it or not, I LOVE […]

Put a Little Love in St. Valentine’s Day

  As writers of romance, some might think that we have St. Valentine’s Day all planned out and perfected. Rose petals and candles, sentimental handmade cards exchanged while we listen to memory-filled songs from a specially created playlist. Sexy lingerie and of course steamy ruby-colored stilettos. After all, we have “written the book” (or many […]

Winter Writing Festival – Check in Week 4

  The Ninth Annual Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival is in high gear. Come join us today and let us know how you’re doing, meeting your goals and enjoying fellowship with other writers! Yesterday we completed our FOURTH FULL WEEK, so today it’s time to officially check in! If you’re reading this on the […]

Patience is a Virtue…isn’t it?

Hello, friends, and welcome to a glimpse inside my head. Are you scared yet? You know how everyone had a word of the year? Okay, maybe not everyone, but lots of people start off the new year with a guiding word, something that will encapsulate all they desire to achieve. It may be PEACE or […]

Winter Writing Festival – Check In #3!

  Welcome, welcome, welcome to the third weekly check-in for the Ninth Annual Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival! The festival is going strong and we’re eager to hear how it’s going for you! Are you hitting your goals? Feeling the writing fellowship? Need a pep-talk to get going again? Join us today and check in! […]

Time to Share a Snippet!!

We’re 20 days into the 2019 Winter Writing Festival, and participants have spun out thousands and thousands of new words, whether joining in the rsswwf.com writing sprints or working in the privacy of their own writing caves.  I love hearing folks in the Chat Room come back after  20 or 30 or 45 minutes of sprinting […]

Talent vs. Skill

Several years ago, Dr. Carol Dweck, a researcher from Stanford, published a book titled Mindset, in which she discusses how a student’s mindset can impact their success. In her book, she discusses two basic types of mindsets: Fixed and Growth. In a fixed mindset, qualities such as intelligence, charisma, and virtue are all set traits. […]

Winter Writing Festival – Check in #2

The Ninth Annual Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival is in high gear. Come join us today and let us know how you’re doing, meeting your goals and enjoying fellowship with other writers! Yesterday we completed our SECOND FULL WEEK, so today it’s time to officially check in! If you’re reading this on the Festival […]

Professional Driver, Closed Course

We’ve all seen those car commercials. Feats of driving skill on display, whether it’s a high end sedan coursing through snow or a series of cars separating at top speed along a sandy highway or a dark SUV swirling and weaving along a winding road. (I work in advertising as my day job – I […]

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