Monday, December 23, 2013

2014 Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival

The 4th Annual Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival is on the way!


Through the bleakest part of winter -- January 10, 2014 through the end of February -- the Winter Writing Festival can keep your creative fires burning, with support, advice, inspiration, lots of sprinting in the chat room, fun prizes for participants, and as much virtual hot chocolate (and virtual cookies!) as you please.  

Here's the best part: unlike NaNoWriMo and other writing challenges that have a one-size-fits-all approach, the Ruby Winter Writing Festival is designed for you. No matter what stage you're at right now (brainstorming, plotting, free-writing, fast-drafting, slow-drafting, revising, layering, polishing, or any combination of the above) the Ruby Winter Writing Festival can give you fuel for your winter writing fire.

It works on a point system, with a goal of earning one point per day. Everyone gets a bonus point on the first day for stopping by the Ruby blog and making a public commitment to take part in the Festival. Then, for each of the 50 days of the Festival (including January 10), you work to earn an additional point -- and you define what it takes to earn that point. 

I've taken part in the Winter Writing Festival the past three years. It's fabulous for productivity, especially if you take part in some of the writing sprints. You can write X number or words or pages. Do deep revising on Y number of pages. Polish Z number of pages. Keep your butt in your chair and your hands on your keyboard for S number of minutes or hours. Any of these goals earn you a point.


For those of you who can't predictably work daily but know you can accomplish a goal by the end of the week, the Festival is officially giving you permission to set a weekly instead of a daily goal, and then give yourself 7 points when you make it!

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

Click here for full details.


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