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!

Yesterday we officially completed our THIRD FULL WEEK, so tell us, how’s it going?

If you’re reading this on the Festival website (the blue site), jump on over to the regular Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blog ( the ruby-colored site, at and leave a quick comment about your experience with the Festival and your progress so far. That will put you in the running to win some of today’s Check-In prizes!!!! (See info on SWAG you could win, below!!)

And now for the usual business…

1. We’re at 22 POINTS! (That’s where you should be at the end of the day today if you earned all the points you were supposed to this week. You should have twenty-three points if you got the bonus for signing in on the first day! And if you’ve earned some extra points–count those too!)

If you earned all your points for the week, please add a line in your comment in all caps saying I MADE MY GOAL!!! You will hear us cheering loudly!!!

If you’re a bit behind, don’t worry about it. The festival is about getting work done and if you’re managing to your own pace, just keep on keeping on! You can always double up on later dates, OR revise your point-earning system if your original was a tad too ambitious. It’s okay to say, “I need to change my goals” or “I need a few ways to earn points on the tougher days.” Don’t get discouraged! Just get pumped to move forward with a good routine. 

Our overall goal is to keep working, keep moving forward and keep making progress. The Festival is designed for YOU!

2. And if you’re just finding us, it’s not too late to join!

The Winter Writing Festival is all about the words and the camaraderie. There’s no penalty for jumping in late, so come on in! All are welcome at any time. Tell your friends, too! The WWF is meant to be a fun, friendly place to meet our goals. So grab your participant badge, establish your goals (you can see the launch post here for all the details), and let’s get writing!



If you haven’t had a chance to join us yet, what are you waiting for?! Our Chat Room is open over at the site. The sprints can really help participants make progress and it’s also a great way to chat with other authors! So pop on in – we promise it’s a friendly place – and draft new words, revise old ones or get some ideas as you work through your synopsis.

For a few more details, check out Kim Law’s post on how the sprints work right here.



Any participant who leaves a comment today will be entered in a random drawing for prizes, which include:

    • A critique of the first three chapters of your manuscript by Katie Graykowski
    • A copy of MARKETING FOR WRITERS WHO HATE MARKETING by James Scott Bell, provided by Tamara Hogan
    • A $20 Gift Card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner’s choice) provided by Addison Fox

Let us know how your week went! We can’t wait to celebrate, commiserate or encourage you to get your butt in the chair and your hands on the keyboard!  Let’s do this!

44 responses to “Winter Writing Festival – Check In #3!”


    Did a great sprint session with Jennifer J on Saturday, and worked some more last night.

    It’s small, but it feels big!

  2. Lenee Anderson says:

    I’m still doing well despite the weekend and this week being a mess and rather stressful. I stopped everything last year to write the outline for this book and I can tell I’m in the downward slide towards the end. The writing is getting easier. This week I realized– since I’m not much of a plotter but like the idea of plotting– that just because you have an outline doesn’t mean the outline answers all the questions or solves all the problems. It’s a helpful guideline and I’ll do it again but I have a major timeline of events issue in the very beginning. I’m trying to think of it as a “this is what first drafts are for” problem.

    • I’m so with you, Lenee, it seems no matter how detailed I make my outline there are always surprises when it comes time to write the actual book. It sounds like you’re figuring lots of stuff out. Good luck on that final stretch toward The End!

  3. Addison Fox says:

    I did not make my goals this week but I did get work done in the midst of a crazy day job week so I’ll still count that as a personal victory 🙂

    Wishing everyone a great week!!!!


  4. Michelle says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! I’m making progress, and my new vision for my ms is starting to take shape in this rewrite. I’m sitting at about 65%, and I can see the other side!

  5. You guys! I actually MADE MY GOAL this week!

    These edits have been kicking my butt, but I’m making good progress now and I think I can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel. AND I read two of my RITA books! Woot!

  6. Janet says:

    Thanks to kids with strep, me getting strep, and a mini-polar blast (respect to you ladies further north who are legitimately freezing) that left kids out of school but me working, I haven’t made my goal.
    Hoping to get that last blog post, a contest entry, and 600 words, by the end of today.

  7. Marin says:

    I honestly have no idea–it’s been gloomy and cold here, both inside and out, and I have been decidedly lacking in motivation. It’s very sad, because the WWF usually gives me the push I need, but I haven’t been feeling it this year. I did get some good writing in yesterday, though, and there’s still a month left, so I shall persevere. 🙂

  8. Elizabeth Essex says:

    I did not make my goal this week, but that’s OK, because I was traveling to teach writing classes, and I’ve been earning extra points all along for doing what I normally don’t do—PARTICIPATE!

    I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone and joined the chat room (even hosting once! double bonus points!) fairly regularly, and found that dedicated time invaluable in pushing me forward in my project.

    So even if I’m a little behind in my points, I’m meeting my overall goal of PROGRESS! <3

  9. Darynda Jones says:

    Way to go everyone!!!! So proud of you guys!

  10. Hywela Lyn says:

    Thanks Ruby Sisters! The WWF gave me the kick in the butt to get back to revising soemthing I’ve been procrastinating on for far too long. I”m now more than half way through editing the first draft, and have written several new scenes and rewritten a lot of old ones. I’ve also registered with the NaNoWriMo site and set my Goal Tracker there to the dates of the WWF and it’s very encouraging to see the stats showing that I’m over my goal each day. I didn’t manage to get to any sprints this week, partly due to having several hospital appointments (suspected DVT which turned out to be cellulitis) but I’ve made more progress in the last 22 days than I did in the whole of last year! (I really prcrastinated on this story once I got the first draft finished!)

    • Elise Hayes says:

      Wow, great news about the progress you’ve been making the past 22 days!! Congratulations! Halfway through editing the first draft is huge. And good for you for getting so much done this week, even with the hospital visits. The sprints will be there for you next week 🙂

    • Woohoo!!! Congratulations, Hywela! That is huge. I love that feeling when something we’ve been putting off finally starts feeling like something we can knock out.

    • Jennifer Jung says:

      That’s awesome!

  11. Debbie says:

    A little short of my goal – again. I wanted to get 20 pages done and I’m at 14. Still I’m pleased with the progress.

  12. Elise Hayes says:


    I think this is the furthest I’ve ever made it in the WWF. Although the festival has always pushed me to write more than I would have otherwise, I’m really pleased to have found a morning writing time that seems to be working for me. And on the couple of days this past week when I couldn’t write in the morning, I managed to spend a bit of time in the evening (harder and shorter for me, but enough to keep me on track…).

  13. Meghan Bennett says:


    Thanks goodness for the snow days and cold temps. It makes it easier to write.

  14. Susan Craig says:

    My goal involved writing or editing or work on craft/marketing and I have done more writing than expected, and even more editing, and PLANNING, which has been a wonderful benefit, even though I didn’t think to include it in my goals.

  15. Brenda Lowder says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! I’m late to comment, but I wanted to proclaim it from the rooftops! 🙂 Happy writing, everybody!

  16. Willow Croft says:

    Not even remotely. *smiles* I’ve been hitting goals, but not the writing goals. Life in a major transition, aka a quiet whirlwind. Maybe whirlwinds are always quiet. I don’t know.

  17. Jennifer Jung says:

    I think I only missed one day last week. Most days I get more than one point though, so I think I’m at my goal points? Can you get more than one point a day for accomplishing more than one of your goals?

    So awesome chatting with so many of you awesome ladies and watching other writers’ progress!

    • You can absolutely earn more than one point to make up ground for the days you missed – we’re all about structuring the goals however it motivates you the most. 🙂 Congrats on your progress, Jennifer!


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