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 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!!)

A few continuing reminders:


Our Chat Room is open over at the site. The sprints have always been a great part of the WWF and we all love the camaraderie to be found there. So come join us – 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.

2. We’re at 29 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 30 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.”

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

3. It’s never too late to join!! 

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. All are welcome. Always.

Want to invite friends? Feel free to borrow the image below to post on Facebook or Twitter:

And speaking of badges … if you haven’t snagged it yet, grab your Festival Participant Badge right here:

Just right-click on the badge below, choose “SAVE IMAGE AS” and save it to your computer. You can then upload it to your own website as you please, or show your commitment on the social media of your choice!





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

Liz  Talley – Digital copies of CHARMINGLY YOURS and PERFECTLY CHARMING, plus $15 Starbucks gc

Autumn Jordon- $10 Amazon gift card

Elizabeth Langston  – critique of synopsis and query letter


Let us know how your week went!! We’re eager to celebrate with you!

25 responses to “Winter Writing Festival – Check in Week 4”

  1. Lenee Anderson says:

    Well, here I am again, checking in with all the points. Sometimes the words come slower but they do eventually come. I really resent going to work most days now. I look for any excuse to come home and write. Does this make me a bad person? Probably. Do I care? Nope.

  2. Audely B says:

    32 points. I either write nothing at all or work for 3 hours before heading to the day job. There’s no in-between lately. Which I guess is good?

    • Elise Hayes says:

      You’ve made it to 32 points, so I’m going to say that’s good!! Whatever writing you can fit in, however you can fit it in, is forward progress. Congrats!!

    • Addison Fox says:

      Audely – I have a personal rule…they don’t have to be pretty, they just have to be done! 🙂

      Congrats on a great week!!

  3. Elise Hayes says:


    I’ve never made it this far successfully into the WWF, I think, so I’m pretty happy. My new morning-writing-before-work routine is actually working!

    This past month I’ve been world building for a new series. Yesterday, for the first time since before the WWF began, I decided I was ready to start the actual writing, so I started scene 1!! I’m excited to have reached the point of getting actual words that will go into the book on the screen. 🙂

  4. Michelle says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! And yesterday I printed off my revised manuscript to start line edits. Woot! I’m always excited to get to this stage in my process and see pages. Smells like victory!

  5. Willow Croft says:

    Oh goodness, I really missed the boat on this one. Bad timing, I’m afraid, as I was transitioning to be writing full-time. But I was successful at navigating that transition: updating freelance job site profiles, user accounts, social media, and still managed to write/submit a few short stories.

  6. Susan Craig says:

    I got badly stuck with plot problems for a bit, but Hope and the Tuesday night gang helped so much! I am back on track with revisions, and a good start on the new WIP.
    Thank you, Rubies!!

  7. Brenda Lowder says:

    I MADE MY GOAL! The WWF has been a real inspiration to me. Two days this week I have felt like playing hooky, but the thought of checking those boxes and getting my points for the week have kept me going! Thanks, Rubies!


    The points system is a great incentive for not slacking off. To date I’m on 30 points not counting today, which is pretty good as there were one or two days when I wasn’t able to write at all, but I made up for it on other days by being able to tick more than one box and putting in extra hours! Thanks Rubies, I feel I’m really getting somewhere with my revisions for this story, at last!

  9. Rachel Kolodziej says:


    This was a productive week for me! I haven’t spent much time in the chat rooms which kind of bums me out so my goal for this week is going to be spending more time doing sprints while continuing to be productive. Let’s do this Rubies!!

  10. Meghan Bennett says:


    I’m at 32 1/2 points. Little by little my story is taking shape.

  11. Jennifer Jung says:

    Not sure what I’m at points-wise, since some days have two points and some have zero, but I have made at least one goal every day this week except Wednes when I forced myself to work on other stuff. Woot woot!

  12. Addison Fox says:


    My apologies for taking so long to post this. Congrats to our week 4 winners:

    Audely B
    Rachel Kolodziej
    Meghan Bennett

    I’ll reach out to connect you with your Ruby!


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