About the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood’s Winter Writing Festival

Craving some serious writing productivity this winter? Need to get that manuscript polished? Need to clean up the mess you left in the second half of your Golden Heart full entry? Want to finally, finally fix that pesky plot hole in your WIP? The Rubies have your back!

Through the bleakest part of winter–January 12, 2015 thru the the first Monday in March–the much-anticipated Fifth Annual Ruby Winter Writing Festival will be here to keep your creative fires burning, with support, advice, inspiration, regular writing sprints in our chat room, fun prizes for participants, and as much virtual hot-chocolate (or virtual champagne or virtual cookies) as you please. ‘Cause nobody’s Muse can resist a party!

Here’s the beauty 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 help.

We’re going to work with a “point” system, with a goal of earning one point per day OR (for those who prefer a weekly goal) an average of seven points per week.

Everybody gets one 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 12), you work to earn an additional point—and you define what it takes to earn that point.

Here are some examples of the sorts of things you might define as worth one point (you fill in the variables with the amounts that work for you):

  • 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

For instance, one person might commit to earning points according to the following terms:

  • writing 500 words per day OR
  • deep revising 10 pages per day OR
  • doing a final polish on 25 pages per day

Any day that person meets ANY of those goals, she gets a point.

You set the goals that work for you. Check in on the blog every Monday during the Festival to report your progress (and have a chance to win some fun prizes)! If you reach the end of February with at least a nice round 50 points, YOU WIN!!

We’ll be here each day of the Festival with words of inspiration and support, craft pointers, and bits of wisdom from our own writing lives. We’ll be posting some excerpts from our own works-in-progress, and offering participants chances to ask for specific advice with their own plot problems or style snarls.

The chat room will be open, with plenty of writing sprint challenges for those who want them.

Everyone who commits to participating on January 12 will be able to download a cool “Ruby Winter 2015 Writing Festival Participant” icon to post on their own website or blog.

Plus, everyone who checks in on a Monday reporting that they’re on track with earning points will be entered in random drawings for cool prizes, like copies of Rubies’ books, gift cards, and expert critiques from the Sisters!

If you check in on March 2 and report you’ve WON, you’ll be able to download a “Ruby Winter Writing Festival WINNER” badge to post on your website or blog. And of course you’ll have the satisfaction of achieving a boatload of wonderful shiny writing progress (not to mention eternal fame and glory).

What’s not to love?