January 10, 2014

Ruby WWF

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No, I’m not trying out for the pro wrestling circuit. (They call that the WWE these days, anyway.)

The WWF I refer to is the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood‘s famed Winter Writing Festival.

Four years ago, the fabulous Rubies decided to organize a writing festival to get us through the darkest winter months … a writing festival that, unlike NaNoWriMo, doesn’t take place in a month with a major holiday. (Surely created by a man who didn’t have to cook Thanksgiving dinner …)

Also unlike NaNo, the WWF doesn’t take a one-size-fits-all approach. Your goal is to earn 50 points by the end of the festival period, Jan. 10-Feb. 28. The best part? YOU pick your own goals. If you need to focus on editing instead of writing new words, you can.

Because you say how you earn a point, it’s pretty hard NOT to “win” the WWF. And you get to hang out with/be inspired by a great group of writers. Win-win!

Here are the ways I’ve decided to earn points.

Each of the following is worth 1 point:

– Write 300 new words on any WIP (as indicated by Scrivener) OR

– Make revisions to 1 chapter of Love&Baseball3 where needed, per my TMP editor OR

– 30 minutes combing through galley proof of BEAUTY AND THE BALLPLAYER (when I get it) OR

– Pay my RWA and NARWA dues OR

– Jump in on at least two WWF 20-minute writing sprints in one day OR

– BICHOK for 45 minutes straight (no Internet checks) OR

– Read 1 of the RITA books I’m assigned to judge OR

– Prep and schedule 5 promotional tweets or FB entries for myself and friends (1 for me, 4 for friends) OR

– Take 5-10 minutes to slow down, mediate, do a few yoga poses OR

– Write a post for my writing blog

To earn a bonus 5 points:

– Finish the first draft of TROUBLE IN PARADISE

– Complete NARWA’s chapter affiliation paperwork (with help from the treasurer)

– Sell 2 to 5 paperback copies of DIVA IN THE DUGOUT when I go to my first book signing event, the Chocolate Affaire, in Glendale on Feb. 8