Day 5 – And Give Yourself a Pat on the Back!

Posted Jan 14 2019, 10:10 am

Having a concrete reminder of your progress can help keep you on track. We all need a little pat on the back now and then!

If you haven’t set up your Winter Writing Festival progress bar yet, look up at the dark blue bar along the top of this page, and click on “MEMBERS” over on the right. You can officially register for the WWF, type in your specific goals, and click off points as you earn them. Then watch your progress bar grow!!

The Rubies are thrilled by all the positive energy and all the success participants are having so far!  By all means invite writer friends to join us even if they’re starting late–they can give themselves a few bonus points to make up for lost days.

And if you’re finding that your point system isn’t quite working for you, feel free to revise it!! The point is to KEEP WORKING and MAKE REAL PROGRESS!!!

How’s it going today?



11 responses to “Day 5 – And Give Yourself a Pat on the Back!”

  1. Jennifer Jung says:

    I’m doing great so far! I’ve managed to do 2 of my goals most days and have re-ignited my fire for my WIP after putting it down for most of December.
    I’m hoping to spend time in the chat room today and tomorrow, are there going to be any sprints?
    Hope everyone else is hitting goals and racking up points too!!!!

    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Delightful to hear this, Jennifer!

      Yes, there are sprints daily, just at varying times (depending on when Ruby hosts are available). To see when official sprints are happening, look at the grayish box on the upper left of the page. That’s the official Sprint Schedule.

      Of course, Festival-goers are welcome to use the Chat Room anytime, and quite a few folks hang out there in hopes somebody else will drop in for some sprinting. (Those folks usually know the ropes and are happy to keep time.)

      Also, you can always grab a friend and jump into the chat room together if it’s a good time for both of you to sprint.

  2. Hywela Lyn says:

    Thanks to RSWWF I’ve done some revisions every day and written several new scenes. Am recording my points each day, but haven’t quite worked out where to find the progress bar?

    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Hmmm.. I was just looking for the progress bar myself.

      Usually, you access it by clicking on MEMBERS in the upper right of the screen…but I can’t seem to make it form the progress bar this year.

      I’ll look into it. (I confess I never bother with the progress bar myself…just keep track of my points on a piece of paper by my computer. Very low tech).

  3. Zoe Burton says:

    I’m doing well, I think, in my progress! However, even though I have updated every day, I do not see a progress bar. I wonder what I did wrong …

    I was just saying to myself, “I wonder if I”m supposed to track my points myself?” LOL

    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Yay on the progress, Zoe!!

      As for the progress bar, see my reply to Lyn above. I’m not sure why the progress bar isn’t functioning this year.

      I’ll see if I can reach our webmistress and ask her.

      Meanwhile, maybe just keep track on a post-it. Yeah, low tech, but you deserve to see how much progress you’re making!!! Go, you!!

  4. Elizabeth Essex says:

    Thanks for your answers, Elisa! I am making myself officially take part this year (usually I just lurk) but the added accountability is proving just what I needed. I’ve been earning my points most days, but was flummoxed by how to add my points. I’ll just keep track on my calendar in my usual Luddite fashion. 🙂
    Thanks again for this wonderful spur to creativity! Cheers, EE

  5. Retro-Writer says:

    Although I have had some setbacks, I still managed to meet my goals. Thank you, RSSWWF for your support and encouragement! I am not sure I would still be on track without your help.

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