Sunday, April 6, 2014

Day Four of the Go Teen Writers Word War!

Stephanie here! I can't believe the insane amount of word warring going on here on the blog. It's so fun watching you guys encourage each other and bond over story ideas.

Here are a few photos from writing time yesterday:

I love writing retreats. My Vivofit fitness band, however, isn't a fan. She's been very angry with me.

I'm smiling because I don't know I'm going to get blocked about a thousand words from now...

One final push...

I struggled my way to a smidge over 10k while Roseanna breezed her way through 11,078. She might not describe it as "breezed' but it sure looked that way from where I was sitting. All I know is, I was doing a lot of sitting and staring at my screen while she typed. We have another full day of writing around here before we return to our regular lives.

If you're just joining us on the word war (or if today's the first you've heard of it) here's a quick recap: 

A word war is when you and another writer (or in this case, lots of other writers!) compete to see who can write the most in a designated period of time.
This word war began Thursday and will end tomorrow. It's a come-and-go, write-when-you-can style of war, so it's not too late to join us!

The goal is to buckle down and focus on our manuscripts whenever we can, make good use of our writing time, and encourage each other as we do. Hopefully you'll be meeting new writers and deepening friendships as the weekend goes on!

Here's how you can connect with each other:

1. In the comments section of the blog. Something as simple as "Just wrote 1,000 words in the last hour!" is fine. There's strength in being able to encourage each other and in knowing that others are hard at work too.

2. On Twitter, using the hashtag #gtwchat or on the Go Teen Writers Facebook Group. (This is a closed group, so if you're not a member yet, apply to join and then shoot me an email telling me so that I can get you approved pronto.)

271 comments:

  1. Hey! Got up early so I can do this lol!

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    1. Would you like to have a ten minute word war?

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    1. What time? Would :40 be good for a ten minute word war?

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  3. Mrs. Morrill and Mrs. Williamson, thank you so much for hosting these word wars! They have really helped me to push through all of my hesitation and make progress on my WIP. I would love to see them become a monthly thing!

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    1. I second that!

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    2. Me too! That would be neat.....

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    3. Or every other month. It's probably kinda difficult to set up and stuff!

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    4. Yea. But definitely more than once a year!

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    5. Yes! Please! I want to have these SO much more often! They have helped me a ton with writing, I have gotten 9k since Thursday! :)

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    6. Maybe there could be another word war weekend in July when a lot of writers will be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo again.

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    7. Sounds really good! I would love another mega word war!

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  4. If you haven't started I could......an idea is to pick the time and see what you type in that time and come back with it......we don't have to do it in the same ten minutes just ten minutes around the same time.....you know?

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    1. Okay sounds good. It's on. I'll come back in ten minutes with my results!

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    2. I got 356 words. How did you do?

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    3. Sorry! my laptop wouldn't show comments! I got 358!

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    4. Wow! We were so close! Great job!

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  5. I've got church and then a road trip today, but hopefully I'll squeeze in 4K in the car!
    Best of luck to everyone else!
    ~Sarah Faulkner

    inklinedwriters.blogspot.com

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    1. 4K in one day? The most I've ever done is a bit more than 2k, although I am hoping for 3k today. Good luck getting that 4k in!

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    2. 4k is a lot.....wow....good goal! I can only do around 3k on good days.....

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  6. I've got an event all day (the problem with being a photographer's daughter/assistant), but hopefully I'll be able to write some before we leave and while we're in the car.

    Good luck, everyone!

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  7. Just finished a chapter!!!!! I was wondering if any of you had any ideas for an upside-down city? Just wondering.

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    1. Maybe the people in the city have "upside-down" ideas. For example, they don't think like most other people or they have opposite opinions from other people. Or even dangerous skyscrapers. The skyscrapers are perfectly balanced upside down on their tips, so one puff of wind, one shake of the ground or one push, could send them toppling down. It might raise the stakes in your story some how.

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    2. Hmm...upside down city...that sounds really cool! At a restaurant the food could be served at the bottom of the tray. :) Just an idea

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    3. I like that! The skyscraper thing is really neat! Thanks!

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    4. That would be funny Alea! I think I'll do that!

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    5. Word war anyone? I want to squeeze in a couple before I have to go to church :)

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    6. I could do a short one!

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    7. It would probably have to be a different world of some sort, considering it would be nearly impossible to stay upside down for that long. They would have to be made out of a different build. Sounds cool!

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    8. Awesome, Kari. 10 minutes sound good? When would you like to start?

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    9. I would like it to be in the range of 10-15 minutes. With all times and stuff we could just type the required time and come back with results! I'll leave it up to you!

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    10. Time minutes? You can just start when you see this message, I'll wait a second.

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    11. You actually can control the gravity according to yourself, but......you have to believe that you will live through it or you do die.

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    12. Katie, I replied to your email! :) I sent you one of my stories.

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    13. Peter, your story sounds epic!

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    14. Great job, Kari!

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    15. Thanks! I'm about to have the upside-down trays!

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    16. I'm actually surprised that you liked it! I do like putting silly "fluff" into my stories. It always lightens the mood (which is sometimes a bad thing).

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    17. And walking tables......some of them are very rude! Lol!

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    18. Sorry, I finished a lot earlier, I just forgot to write back :) 247

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    19. Oh yeah. That is perfect! I love the idea.

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    20. Fluff is not always a bad thing. I have this project where the landscape is always something really bizarre. Like a forest made of giant mushrooms....lol!

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    21. It's fine Katie!

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    22. That is so creative Kari!

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    23. I remember there was a movie about that once...but it looked kind of sappy. I'm sure your book will be much better. Maybe It can be kind of like a parallel universe. I don't know.

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    24. Is this everyone's first novel (like me) or have you guys written novels before? If so, how many?

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  8. I love word wars! (you've probably heard this a million times (lol))!!!! I've gotten eight chapters done in the past few days! As well as a short plotline!

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    1. Congrats, Jyol! That's wonderful! I haven't gotten nearly that much done.

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    2. Nice job! (And I agree on the word war part)

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    3. What genres do you write?

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    4. Eight chapters is a lot!

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    5. Oh my gargoyles, that's incredible!

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  9. Hey everyone! I know this probably isn't the place to do this, but I just wanted to get it out there that I'm having a giveaway on my blog (http://rcubedreadsreviews.blogspot.com), and I'd love for you guys to enter! It's the book PURPLE MOON, by Tessa Emily Hall. It ends in several days, so no rush, but I just thought you guys might want to check it out :D

    ~Rcubed~
    http://randomrantsrcubed.blogspot.com
    http://rcubedreadsreviews.blogspot.com

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  10. anyone interested in a word war? I'm trying to finish a book I'm working on...

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    1. If you're still on, I'm interested in having a word war!

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  11. I'm ready for a word war, if anyone wants to!

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    1. It's on. How about a ten minute word war starting at :10?

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    2. Or at :15. Just tell me when you see this.

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  12. And I'll be here...
    all day...
    doing absolutely nothing but writing...

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  13. Ach, never mind. I'll wait for two minutes.

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    1. I got 457 words. How did you do?

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    1. Great job! What genre are you writing?

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  16. It's... hard to explain. Kind of sci-fi. Kind of fantasy. Kind of mystery. Kind of thriller/suspense.
    A lot of.. stuff.
    The main plotline is more fantasy/sci-fi, but the subplots add in mystery and suspense.

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    1. That's cool. It's kind of similar to mine. The main plotline of mine is sci-fi but it has elements of mystery in it as well. Is this your first novel?

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    1. Same. I've tried writing novels before, but I would never get as far as 5,000 before they fizzled out. My WIP is 21k so far and I am determined to finish it this time.

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  18. Yeah, except this one is sort of a rewrite. The first time I wrote it, I didn't have a clear plotline or characters, so I'm rewriting it for Camp NaNoWriMo.

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  19. I've done that before-tried to write a novel that kind of lost my interest. It's a curse, getting lots of ideas. Right now to dispel all that I keep a notebook and fill it up with novel ideas. I have over 120 right now.

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  20. Wow! That is a lot of ideas. I used to not keep track of my ideas, but know I do. I learned my lesson the hard way.

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  21. Would anyone like to do another ten or fifteen minute word war?

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    1. Actually, I have to go somewhere now, but I'll be back later.

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  23. I don't have a way to count my words...I write by hand...but yesterday I wrote an 8&1/2 page story :b

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    1. That's great, Keturah! I usually write by hand, but I switched to the computer for this weekend, and I've actually found it to work pretty well. :)

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    2. Yeah, I don't have a computer...just a cell. Is there some kind of app you can download on your phone that counts words?

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    3. I believe there's one called "Word Count." :)

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    4. You still have to type it in, though, if you were wanting something that would count handwritten words. Wouldn't that be nice? :D

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  24. Well, I've spent plenty of time on Pinterest figuring out what my world looks like this morning, which is great, but I need to actually do some writing. Is anyone up for a 30 minute word war?

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    1. If you're on, maybe for a fifteen minute one?

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    2. I'm not sure if you guys have started. If you haven't, would the :45 be okay?

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    3. I did it, but that's fine, Belle. :) I got 416. Actually, I'd love to do one with you, but can it wait till the :50? 15 minutes?

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    4. Wish I could. My Dad wants me to help with a tree he's cut down *makes face*

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    5. 646 words. How did you do? I won't be able to reply back soon, because I've got to go, but hopefully later I will be able to.

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    6. Great job, Belle! I got 497. :)

      Ah, that's too bad, Robin Hood! But, ya know, trees sometimes need to be dealt with. :D

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    7. Awesome, Bluebelle! What genre are you writing?

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    8. Who knows if you'll see this, but here goes. :D I'm writing Greek-inspired fantasy. What about you?

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    9. Oh yea...I think you told me that yesterday. Sorry, I've had so many word wars with different people that I mixed up who was writing what genre. I'm writing a sci-fi novel that has to do with space and involves elements of mystery.

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    10. Ah, that's right. *grin* Yeah, we're probably all getting a tad mixed up. But it's been fun!

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  25. Anyone up for a word war?? =)

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  27. Hey everyone! Anyone interested in having a 10-15 minute word war with me?

    HP

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    1. Hey HP! =)

      I would love to! Could we do about 10 minutes? Starting at :45? =)

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    2. I would love to join too! :45?

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    3. Fantastic! =D

      Same to you two!! =)

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    4. 195, hmmm.... not so good, but, oh well, I'm still a beginner at word wars XD...

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    5. I got 228. I desperately need inspiration for my story. How about you two?

      HP

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    6. I'm working on the preface for my book, once I'm done with that, I'll be done :) So this has definitely helped me.

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    7. Good job!

      Autumn Raelin: Yay! Congrats!

      HP

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    8. I was working on a new story idea I had a couple weeks ago. =) It's kind of interesting as I add a couple words to it. ;)

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  28. Finishing out the day with 7,202 words. Including the words "THE END" so I'm a happy girl :)

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    1. *claps* Congrats, Stephanie!!! =D That's awesome!! =D

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    2. The amount of words that you have churned out over the past few days is mind blowing! Congrats!

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    3. Do you think we could have these word wars more frequently? They are so helpful and fun!

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    4. Awesome--I love that feeling! Can't wait to see what you have for us :D

      ~Rcubed~

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    5. Thanks, guys! And absolutely we'll do more word wars on the blog. Sadly, I won't be able to take a writing retreat every time, but this has been really fun!

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    6. Yay! This is my first time participating in word wars and I think I'm obsessed now! :D

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    7. That's great! My Dad had me helping him haul away a tree he chopped so I've been out of it today......

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  29. Is anyone available for a ten/fifteen minute word war? It'll be my last one for now. =)

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    1. I'll do one with you. Fifteen minutes?

      HP

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    2. Surely! Sounds good to me. :)

      HP

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    3. I got 238 this time. How did you do?

      HP

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    4. Yay! I've just gotten two scenes done in these last word wars. :) Good job guys!

      HP

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    5. Good job, you guys!! Ya'll are amazing writers! =D

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  30. In my book, I'm having an evil queen and a good queen type of thing... any name ideas?

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    1. How about Rosamond and Petronella? :)

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    2. You could browse through names at this site: www.babynames.com
      You can hover over the names and it shows the meaning. I enjoy this site a lot when I'm looking for names for my character. =) Though some can be a little strange, honestly. ;)

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    3. If you want names with meaning try, Word Hippo!

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    4. It sounds weird, but you can look up name meanings, origins, and names meaning etc. Of course, it doesn't work with everything, but it's pretty good.

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    5. I'm talking about Word Hippo.

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  31. Signing off for now with 829 words! The most I've made in days!!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THESE WARS!!!! They are amazing ways to kick me into writing! ;) And we definitely need to host these things more often! =)

    Hope to get on later and push for another five hundred words or more. =)

    TW Wright
    ravensandwriting.blogspot.com

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    1. I feel lazy. Lol! I've been away all afternoon.

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  32. TW Wright: Congrats! Thanks for the site :)
    HP: Love those! Do you know what they mean? =P

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    1. Rosamund: "horse protection, pure rose".

      Petronella: "little rock, stone".

      :)

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    2. Oh. my. goodness. thanks you sooo much! I gotta use those! :)

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    3. Those are really good names! I'm glad you were able to find help! Go Teen Writers have been so encouraging.

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    4. You are welcome! :) I'm glad you liked them.

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  33. Love word wars!!!! I've been typing so much I need to take a break from my coauthored project or Robin H. will kill me.

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    1. *cough, cough* you know I'm right here Peter.

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    2. Won't get much more done......got a show starting at seven. *sighs*

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    3. I'm almost done with my chapter!

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    4. Have to go in 10 minutes! I wish I had done more today.....

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  34. I love these wars... But I've hit a wall, which is discouraging :(. Congrats to you all!

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    1. Yeah. I can't continue on my coauthored project or I will be too far ahead of Robin H. I'm trying out something else, but the person is different.

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    2. Hey, Petra, I emailed you back if you want to talk it out some more. :)

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  35. Started back on an old project. I'm rusty.....

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    1. Well, great job for starting! The more you write, the more the rust will just fall away. :)

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    2. I guess. The tense is different so it's really hard, but I need to get back on track.

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    3. That would be hard. But you can do it! :) What tense is it in? What's it about?

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    4. I went from epic chase scenes to description on my other project......I've only gotten around 100 words, but my family does have AFV on.......

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    5. I decided to try every person. It's in second. It's a fairy tale remix showing how the frog prince turned into a frog from the perspective of the "witch". She's not really a witch though....

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    6. What do you mean every person? And do you mean second-person? Wow! That's quite the challenge.

      Sounds like a clever concept. :)

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    7. Warming up now!!!!

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    8. It is. Every person means I have tried 1st person, 2nd person, and 3rd person!!!!

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    9. Yay! Would a word war help even more?

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    10. Ah, impressive. I hope second person works for you!

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    11. I have to go soon. Maybe when I get back on.....I wouldn't expect to do well....I'm mainly doing it for fun. I don't expect it to get published or anything.....Thanks for the offer!

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    12. No problem! :) And, hey, doing it for fun is totally acceptable. Write the story that's in your heart, and don't worry about everything else. :)

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  36. This is my first ever word war and I love it! :D

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    1. 5125 words written and still going! :D

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