Check In #3 for the 2017 Winter Writing Festival

Yay! We’ve been writing our heart’s out the past 3 weeks in the Winter Writing Festival. Now it’s time to report in.

We hope that you’ve been finding success, that you’ve been meeting your goals and feeling creative. Because it’s been 21 days, and it takes 21 days to create a habit, good or bad. Think of the good habits, of sticking to your work, of sprinting, of making progress on a story, that you’ve built over the last 3 weeks. Now continue as you’ve started. But even if you haven’t been as productive as you would like, we’re here to cheer, console, and encourage you.

Leave us a comment and let us know how it’s going. If you’re on target with your goals/points, be sure to include:


in ALL CAPS at the top of your comment, and we’ll enter you for a chance to win one of four prizes. We’re looking forward to hearing how you’re doing.

This week’s prizes are:

A $10.00 Amazon gift card from Bev Pettersen  whisper falls cover

           A twenty-five page critique from Liz Talley


(USA only) Signed copies of Elizabeth Langston’s Whisper Falls (YA time travel) and The Possibility of Somewhere (YA Contemporary)

A $10.00 Amazon gift card and a digital copy of Seized by Darkness from Autumn Jordon  

46 responses to “Check In #3 for the 2017 Winter Writing Festival”

  1. Kathy Crouch says:

    Are we posting to date or the week? I’m sorry I’m a little lost and confused. 🙂
    To Date 1-29 Jan:24,145
    Weekly 1-8 Jan : 5110
    Weekly 9-16 : 8155
    Weekly 17-29 Jan (because I’m still playing on Monday’s words) 10,880

  2. Lenee Anderson says:

    I wrote everyday, did a ton of research, re imagined a scene, and made forward progress. I wrote over 1700 words in just a couple of days, which, for me, is major forward progress.

  3. I MADE MY GOAL!!! 🙂

    Thank you all for doing this.

  4. Marna R. says:


    Daily writing achievement unlocked! I’m moving forward into Week 4 with continued hope I can keep this steady pace going.

  5. Marin McGinnis says:

    I made my goal. Ish. Writing’s been a bit of a slog this week. I seem to alternate between kicking ass and…not. Anyway, hoping for more productivity this week. It’s lovely to see everyone else doing so well!

  6. Liz Talley says:

    Well, I didn’t make my goals this past week. Sigh. Two weeks in a row. But I’m starting out strong this week. I need to finish strong!

  7. I Made My Goal!

    Which is a minor miracle. I missed writing two days, spending all my time on the road. However, I doubled down on Sunday and Monday, primarily thanks to the sprints. Ya’ll are the best cheerleaders!

  8. I made my goal this week. This festival, especially the sprints have increase my energy and productivity so much.

    Jump into the chat room anytime, even if a Ruby Sister isn’t scheduled. Sprinters are being up the reins and working together to reach their goals. I feel like a proud auntie.

  9. Emily Allen says:


    Though I’m still not where I want to be.

  10. Nicole Terry says:

    I did NOT make my goal.

    My original plans for the Festival got tanked. I emailed Katie Graykoski and attended the brainstorming session Hope hosted last Thursday…and decided to hold off on the manuscript I’d picked. It wasn’t coming together and I had a long conversation with myself about my author career.

    So I started a new manuscript! And I’m pleased to say I’ve already got 7000 words in! Five times as many as the one hella awful one of before. 🙂 Not to say it’s still not easy but this is the difficulty that comes from birthing art not fighting it.

    • Kate Parker says:

      Good luck with the new mss. You have 10% of a novel written on it already. Keep up the good work.

    • Elizabeth Langston says:

      This is great, though! Realizing when it’s time to take a break on a manuscript is a big win.

      I call it “Taking time for a saltine”… like when you go to a wine-tasting and they give you a cracker between sips. It cleanses the palate and make you that much better for the next good thing!

      • Nicole Terry says:

        Elizabeth, you always know just what to say and how to say it (FOOD!)so that it grabs my attention. 😀

        I’ve been trying to do both paranormal and cont. romance. I decided instead to focus on developing my Voice in one genre first.

  11. Victoria Adams says:

    i did not set weekly goals. I’m not good at that. An overall goal I find easier to achieve. I think it puts less pressure on me.
    Since I last posted – I have attended a couple of yoga classes, critiqued a friend’s chapter and rewrote several chapters – so I am up to 28/50 points 🙂

  12. Cynthia Huscroft says:

    Well, yes & no…

    ~ Writing every day: Yes
    ~ Writing at least 20 minutes a day: Yes
    ~ Writing 500 words a day: No (but then there are the days when I get more than 500!)

  13. MS Panthera says:


  14. Mac (Kara A. McLeod) says:


    And I am so excited for all of you who’ve been working so hard, as well, whether you’ve made your goal or not.

  15. delia says:

    I didn’t make my goal this week. Life got a little crazy with family coming in from out of town. I plan on getting back on track this weekend. I have some extra time in my schedule and I can catch back up where I want to be. I determined that both of my WIPs will have a endings by the end of this WWF 🙂

  16. I didn’t make my goal this week. I am getting my house ready to sell (and it’s a lot more work than the real estate people tell you!), so writing and exercising have been hard to fit in every day. But I still got a fair amount of points, so I’m happy. On to next week! 🙂

    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Oh, my goodness!! Readying a house for sale is SOOO much work. My sister is going through it right now. Sorting through all the “treasures” and scanning the house for little flaws or repair work nobody has even thought about for years….it’s a huge endeavor.

      Good for you for earning some points anyway! I hope next week is easier!!

  17. Elisa Beatty says:

    Hey, I MADE MY GOAL, TOO!!

    Despite a really raspy difficult week both at work and at home, I finished up edits on my latest Lara Archer book!! (Though of course, I thought of a small passage I still want to insert in one scene to smooth an emotional transition….but I’m going to hold myself to just that one change.)

    Congrats to everyone who made their goals this week!!!!

  18. donnas says:

    I think I forgot to check in. But I MADE MY GOAL


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