Day FIFTY, And It’s Time for the Closing Ceremonies!!

Posted Feb 28 2019

Oh, my, oh, my….it’s day FIFTY, and that means we’ve reached the bittersweet end!! This is always a tough day for me each year….while I’m ready to give up the Festival-running duties, I’m going to miss all the wonderful camaraderie and the regular sprint sessions and the wonderful writers I get to know. It truly […]

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Day 49 – And We May Have Found the Secret to Happiness!

Posted Feb 27 2019

An interesting article in the New York Times talks about the power of writing (and re-shaping) the narratives we tell ourselves about our own lives. Exploring the truth of your own behavior, and putting a more positive spin on the way you write about it can enhance happiness and also success. This is a bit […]

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Day 48 – And May You Dream Big!!

Posted Feb 26 2019

One thing all writers have in common–an imagination that just won’t keep quiet. We have stories inside us, words inside us, characters inside us that rise up from some deep unconscious pool that constantly flows and swirls and surges and demands release. It’s as much a part of us as breathing. No matter how busy […]

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Day 47, And Time to Be a Little Brave Again!!

Posted Feb 25 2019

We’re just a few days from the end of the 2019 Winter Writing Festival, and I’m just dying to read some more of the words that have been flowing from your fingertips during the past (nearly) 50 days. Jump on over to the regular Ruby blog and share a little snippet of your new work […]

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Day 46 – And Here’s Some Benedict Cumberbatch!

Posted Feb 24 2019

Today I’m not offering advice or challenges or anything like that….today I’m giving you a nice reward, just because you deserve it. Ben loves you for your awesomeness, and you know it. He wants to listen attentively to everything you have to say, bring you tea, and give you back rubs. Now don’t you feel […]

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Day 45 – And a Reminder to Work Calmly, Joyously, Recklessly!

Posted Feb 23 2019

I love this little piece by Henry Miller with the COMMANDMENTS he gave himself for writing. Lots and lots of wonderful wisdom here…including “Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.” That’s a bit of advice I really need keep in mind, since dreaming about the infinite possibilities […]

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Day 44 – And Don’t Forget the Drama!

Posted Feb 22 2019

Conflict! Conflict! Conflict! Oh, it hurts sometimes to torture your characters, to steal away their dreams, to throw boulders in their paths, and chase them into crocodile-infested swamps. But that’s the stuff of which good stories are made. What can you do with your story today to make your hero’s or heroine’s life just a […]

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Day 43, And Time to Check In!!

Posted Feb 21 2019

Hard to believe, but this is our next to last Check In for the 2019 Ruby Winter Writing Festival! Next Thursday will be our Closing Ceremonies!! I hope everybody’s had a good productive week, but even if you slid a bit behind, stop over to the regular Ruby site and let us know how your […]

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Day 42 – And a Hot Tip from Lynda Barry for When You Feel a Little Stuck

Posted Feb 20 2019

If you’ve ever done NaNoWriMo, you know that one of the most awesome parts is the pep talks you get from established writers.  Here’s a brief excerpt from one Lynda Barry (one of my personal favorite creative souls) contributed to NaNo 2009, on how to get unstuck when the words just aren’t flowing.  It’s a simple trick, […]

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Day 41 – And Some Inspiring Words from Kristan Higgins

Posted Feb 19 2019

One of my auto-buy authors is the delectable Kristan Higgins (got one of her books from an RWA Nationals luncheon giveaway a few years ago, got hooked by the first paragraph, and quickly bought her entire backlist!) On Facebook once, she posted about how she LOVES the process of taking the “hot mess” of a […]

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