Monday, January 9, 2012

Winter Writing Festival

Are you craving some serious writing productivity this winter?  Need to clean up the mess you left in the second half of your NaNo novel?  Want to finally fix that pesky plot hole in your WIP?  Great news - it's time for the Winter Writing Festival!

The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival 
Wednesday, January 11th

I participated in this annual writing event last year and had great success.  So I signed up again this year.  Here's how it works:  

Through the bleakest part of winter - January 11, 2012 through the end of February - the Winter Festival will keep your creative fires burning.  Unlike NaNoWriMo and other writing challenges that have a one-size-fits-all approach, the Ruby Winter Writing Festival is designed for you.   

The Sisterhood works with a point system and YOU decide the terms for earning your point each day.  Everyone gets 1 bonus point on January 11, 2012 just for stopping by the Ruby Blog or singing up and making a public commitment to take part in the Festival.  Then, for each of the 50 days of the Festival, you work to earn an additional point - and you define what it takes to earn that point. 

Examples of the sorts of things you might define as worth one point:

* 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 hours

This year I've made the commitment to earn points by either writing 500 words a day OR writing for 1 hour 5 days a week.  Any day I meet either of these goals, I get a point.

If you can't meet your goal on any particular day, you can double or triple or quadruple your goal on another day to catch up.  And if you know ahead of time that you can never work on certain days (say, Saturday) that's okay too.  You can make the commitment to "keep balance in your life by taking Saturday off".  This isn't a competition, it's a supportive process for moving forward with your writing.

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

Throughout the Festival, the Rubies offer lots of inspiration and support, including frequent public writing sprints in their Chat Room.  Join me January 11th and get started.  And spread the word.  The more the merrier!


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