Day Three is Here!!

Posted Jan 12 2011, 12:01 am

We’re on to Day Three of the Winter Writing Festival, and we hope everybody is thriving!  I know it’s already been a great help to me in making progress–it’s straight to the keyboard, no vegetating after dinner, which is what I’d do if I was going this alone. 

Remember to log in and go to your profile to update your point count each day! It’ll be great to see those numbers climbing!

If you haven’t checked out one of the writing sprints yet, drop in to the chat room during the scheduled time for some intensive fast-drafting. 

 And feel free to use the chat rooms even when sprints aren’t scheduled!!  Make plans to meet there with a buddy, and start a sprint any time you like–or use the chat to brainstorm plot points, get or give a pep talk, or just re-charge your batteries with a little conversation.

Have fun!



41 responses to “Day Three is Here!!”

  1. Tia Ramirez says:

    This is weird. It says day three on the blog but it’s still day two here at my house. Ah time zones how sill you make me feel at times.

  2. Katrina says:

    Hit my goal before going to work. Just like yesterday (and the day before), I was really tempted to sleep through my writing time but wanted to make sure I got out of bed to get those points.

    Any chance of scheduling writing sprints at different times of the day? I’m 5 hours ahead of EST, so the ones currently scheduled are in the middle of my night.

    Or would anyone like to plan a sprint date in the chat room for this weekend?

    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Awesome, Katrina, for making your goal before work!!

      And the chat room is open anytime… What time would be a good time for you to do a sprint? I can put up a request in tomorrow’s post asking for a sprint partner for you.

  3. DMarie84 says:

    Well I hit well over word count yesterday…I wrote a loose summary for an entire book–almost 3K. Now to actually start on the first chapter–that’s the goal today. Start and write 500 words on chapter 1.

  4. Met my word count goal for Day 2: Did 596 words yesterday, thanks to the sprints. 🙂

  5. I also made my Day-2 goal! Yippee!

  6. Bonnie Kay says:

    Days 1 & 2: Success!
    Day 3: the word count is in progress, and I’m debating whether to take the day off. The Wednesday/Thursday off conditions were built in for when my semester starts Jan 31, and I’m on such a revisions roll now…

  7. DMarie84 says:

    Day 3: Already finished my word count…and got well over 500 words! Wrote 1121 today. :)It’s all first draft material but at least it’s something!

  8. Hope Ramsay says:

    Day 3: I’m doing well — not great. My day job keeps getting in the way of things. But I wrote for 2.5 hours on Monday, 3.3 hours on Tuesday and have kocked back 2.3 hours today. For a total of 8.1 hours in three days — that’s about .9 hours short of my goal, but the day is not over yet. .9 hours is 54 minutes. I join the writing sprint and I’m cool.

    BTW, for anyone who has stated their goal in hours instead of words, try this fun tool for keeping track:

  9. Joined a sprint last night in the chat room – helped keep me chained to the keyboard and away from the remote. I love this festival!

  10. Day 3: My goals were modest, and I think that was wise. I used to sit at the computer all day, trying rather unsuccessfully to work, but now I can push my chair back when I’ve hit my goal and get on to something else. I feel very Stephen King. 😉

  11. CarolRose says:

    Met my goal today! 🙂

  12. Rita Henuber says:

    Finally! made my goal. it was a combination of new words and editing. Too many interruptions today want to keep going on the editing before I lose the story vibe.

  13. Emily says:

    I met my goal today, plus an exra 100 words. This Festival has really helped me get back on track with my writing. I’m so glad I did this.

  14. Liz Talley says:

    Just now sitting down at keyboard. Made my goal yesterday plus made up for Monday. Time to get cranking 🙂 I’ve got scenes in my mind that need to get on paper. Anyone doing sprints tonight?

  15. Anna says:

    Made it. *whew* Wrote out of sequence today, which I do rarely, but I’m still lumping it in with the total word count. The out-of-sequence scene is now out of my brain at last and will get incorporated in its proper place soon enough. Now that my characters have had their say on that particular bit, they’ll stop chattering about it in my brain now, right? 😉

  16. jbrayweber says:

    I’m overachieving now because I know I’ll be blowing it this weekend. Too busy to focus on my WIP. But I’m feeling pretty good right now! 🙂

  17. Lea Nolan says:

    Finally cranked out my 2000 words! Knowing I could post here if I was a good girl was such a great inspiration (and butt kicker!) So glad I’m doing this!

  18. michal scott says:

    I almost doubled my word goal today. I did 909! And last night after reaching my goal I was so energized I stayed up until almost 2:30 revising previous pages. I am so pysched with my progress. Thank you, thank you, thank you all you wonderful writing participants out there. The energy from your presence is spurring me on. I’ll try to go to bed at a reasonable hour tonight. : – )

  19. Rita Henuber says:

    And you are spurring us!

  20. I love reading everyone’s comments. The positiveness here is awesome!

    I met my goal today, too!

  21. Tina Joyce says:

    Six hundred words! Yay. Over my daily goal by 100 words.

  22. Abigail says:

    Two days of making my goal. I’ve had to wade through a plot shift and find what I can use while saving the stuff I wrote from before.

    Tomorrow night I get pages ready for critique group.

  23. Nancy H. says:

    Had an 8 a.m. meeting this morning, which wiped out my usual writing time, but managed to write about 400 words in the evening to meet my goal. Haven’t done that in a long while, so it’s nice to know I still can if I have to.

  24. Beth Langston says:

    I like measuring my goal in time. Monday and Wednesday, I edited. Tuesday, I wrote a new scene. Very different word counts. 200, 700, 200. 1 hr seems achievable with my current schedule. Yay. What a great idea it was to let us set the goals right for us.

  25. I don’t think I’m going to make my goal today. I got exactly 12 words before my 8 year old decided to crawl into my lap to discuss everything from multiplication tables to favorite habitats to where he is going to live when he grows up. Then he wants to know the name of my book, how many chapters it has, what’s it about? Why do I want to write yucky love stories…. I will shoot for doubling my efforts tomorrow.

  26. Day 3: 764 words. (This after dealing with non-minor personal crap.) Woo to the Hoo! 🙂

  27. Jazzy says:

    Hi all,

    This will be my last post for a few days as I’m having surgery tomorrow. While I haven’t done as well as I wanted due to too much stress and preparation for tomorrow, I have done some and feel ready to go frther. I finished a big project at the end of last week and am raring to go on this one. I’ve probably accumulaed half of the amount of points I should have and admit I haven’t kept track. Still, I’m glad I signed up for this and hope to be able to revise at least 30 – 40,000 words by the end of the session. I’ll post again when I’m in rehab and have my laptop.

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