Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Word War is Coming... July 21-25, 2014

Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms. She writes weird books for teens in lots of weird genres like, fantasy (Blood of Kings trilogy), science fiction (Replication), and dystopian (The Safe Lands trilogy). Find Jill on FacebookTwitterPinterest, or on her author website.

I have a week to myself. A whole week! And I intend to get some work done. But with no one around to keep me on task, I'm worried I might fall into watching Jane Austen movies all week and eating ice cream.

And while that would be amazingly enjoyable, it would not help me get this book done. And I very much want to get this book done. The sooner, the better.

All that to say, Stephanie suggested I challenge you all to a friendly word war. And I thought... YES! I will do this!



What is a word war?
A word war is a competition to see who can write the most words in a set period of time. Sometimes people word war for minutes or hours or a whole day. This time we're doing it for five days! 

When is it?
Monday, July 21 through Friday, July 25, 2014. Join us for any of the days and times you're available.

Where will it be?
Right here on the blog. There'll be a post each day, and you can leave comments as you make progress throughout the day or just post your word total when you're done writing. You can also leave comments of encouragement for the other writers.

Why do a word war?
Not only do word wars help you focus on your story for a period of time, but you can get a break from the isolation of writing. You get to encourage writers and be encouraged as well.

Are there prizes?
Anyone who comments on THIS POST with an "I'm in!" will be entered to win their choice of one copy of a book by myself or Stephanie. That's one book for one winner. So let's us know if you're going to participate!

Hope to see you here on Monday!

120 comments:

  1. I will probably be able to, but I have to ask my mum. And she's on the phone right now. I'll let you know when it's for sure!!

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  2. I'm in. But just barely. XD I have stuff on the nineteenth and I leave the 25th so it's like perfect timing.

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  3. I'm in! Looking forward to some serious wordcount with some seriously awesome people!

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  4. I am so in. That'll be a fantastic end to my Camp NaNo.

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  5. I'm in! Since I am forced to write due to Camp NaNo I'll write at least something for sure ;-)

    arendedewit.blogspot.com

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  6. YES! I'm in, but I'm not sure how much I'll be able to do, because I have a set time that I can be on my laptop.

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    1. I'm in too! But like Peter I may not be able to type much ...

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  7. Um... May I join? :o
    I'm not a writer (aspire to be a professional comic/manga artist some day), so I don't write a ton daily. :)

    Btw, gtw website and book helped me immensely, I've learned so much about everything (characters, plot, creating tension, how to plan,...), and am working happily on my WIP's outline.

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    1. You absolutely may join! Welcome, welcome. And we're so glad you found the book helpful. :-)

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  8. I am in! I can't wait to get my friend to join as well! See you Monday!

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  9. Yay! I'm in! I've been slacking off on writing this month, so this will hopefully help!

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  10. I'm in! Maybe I can double my current word count with this.

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  12. I'm in! Yay! I've been waiting for another word war since the last one!!! :)

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  14. I'm in! Really want to finish the first draft of a novel I've been working on for a while now, and this is just the push I need! Looking forward to it. :)

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  15. I'm in! Need to finish my first draft too...

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  16. I'm in! :) I've got two WIPs that refuse to cooperate. Let's see if I can't get a little magic going!

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  17. Hmm... Maybe this is what I need to get out of my writing slump. I guess I'm in, too. :)

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  18. *singing* WORD WAR! Oh you got to write as many words as you can . . . sorry. I love that song.
    Anyway, I'm totally in and so excited! 'Twill be an awesome end to Camp NaNo. And word wars are always fun. :D

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  19. Definitely in! This will help wrap up Camp nanowrimo for me :)

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  20. Patience BledsoeJuly 17, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    I'd LOVE to join (last Word War was so awesome!), but I'm only editing one novel and outlining another at the moment. Don't know how that would count. ;)

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    1. You can set chapter goals for yourself each day, Patience. That might help you to come and report to us that you did a certain amount of work. *shrugs*

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    2. That is an awesome idea, Mrs. Williamson. Thank you! And you can count me in!! :D So excited to join you all. :) I'll do it with my editing then, and we'll see how much I can get done.

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    3. Just to make sure I'm entered . . . ;)

      I'm in!!! :D

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  21. I'm in, this is excatly what I need to get out of my productivity slump!

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  22. I'm in for at least one of the days. Lauren

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  23. I'm in! I have a few days free that week and could use the push.

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  24. SWEET! I have a lazy morning for my husband's birthday, then come and take a peek and find 29 comments already! So glad you'll all be joining in the fun. :-)

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    1. (Happy birthday to your husband! :))

      Oh wow, this sounds like fun. I'm doing Camp NaNo so it would be a good push... I'll have to look at my schedule and see if I can manage it! You'll PROBABLY get an "I'm in" from me in a day or two... ;)

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  25. I'M IN! Not sure how much I'll be able to do, but who cares? Let us go to the battle of words!

    ~Robyn

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  26. I'm definitely in! This is perfect timing! Last week of Camp NaNoWriMo, I'm just past the halfway point with my sequel. Yes!

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  27. I'm in! I have to finish that manuscript.

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  28. I'm in!!! I need to catch up on my Camp NaNo novel :)

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  29. Huzzah! This is what we've been waiting for~! :D

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  30. I'm in! Going to need that extra bit of motivation alongside my summer job.

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  31. I'm in! I'm hoping this will allow me to get ahead in my Camp NaNoWriMo novel. :)

    ~ Kayla

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  32. I'm in! Not sure how much time I'll definitely have, but I'll be writing whenever I get the chance. :)

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  33. I'm in! I decided to write a short story prequel to my WIP yesterday. This will be the perfect motivation to actually write instead of just talking about writing :)

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  34. Do I have to work on one manuscript during it or can I work on multiple different things I am writing?

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  35. I'm in! This is exactly what I need to actually finish Camp NaNo.

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  36. I'm in! I'm trying to actually finish a book, so this will definitely help me, like someone said above, actuallyl write instead of just talking about writing.

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  37. I am in!!! Can't wait for this to get started! :-D

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  38. Ooooh, I want in! Not sure though. Got some work to do before that if I'm going to join! :)

    walking in the air.

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  39. Woo! A gaint word war! I'm in! I might not write obsessively, all day every day, but it will be good to get some writing done. :)

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  40. I'm in! Hopefully I can find the time to write!

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  41. I'm in! I need to get my camp nano story done, and I'm way behind, so I am definitely in!

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  42. I'm in! Not sure when, but I will be there if possible!

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  43. I'm in! I have a sequel to get into!

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  44. I have summer school in the mornings and some homework in the afternoon. Should I still do this? I really want to but idk if I have the time.

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  45. YAY!!!!!!!!!
    I'm SO in!!!
    Next week is my self-imposed deadline to finish my book!

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  46. Well then...I'm a bit late to the party, but I'm in too! Not sure how much I'll be able to get done, especially since I've been doing a lot of writing by hand these days, but I haven't written in almost two weeks and yeah, go everyone!

    I would say "This'll be easy compared to VBS this week" but really, I know better than that. :P

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  47. I'm in! Though I'm curious, can I count more than one story for my word count?


    Alexa Skrywer
    alexaksrywer.blogspot.com

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  48. I'm in...providing I am not too old (not a teen anymore). It's your call on whether or not you feel like entering me in the drawing. No worries either way. :) I'm just excited about the short-term writing challenge. Thanks.

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  49. I am absolutely in! I can't wait for the War to begin :D Thank you for setting this up!

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  50. I am in! I will do best, and battle my hardest! :p

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  51. I am in! But I hope it's not a problem I'll be writing in dutch instead of English

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  52. EEEEEKK. I LOVE WORD WARS. I will most likely be in, let me just make sure we're not doing anything. :) EEEEKK. :D I AM SO EXCITED. XD I'll just double check if I'm free. :))

    -Koko :)

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  53. Whoo! I'm in!! I may not be able to participate online, but I will be writing. (there is this big chance i will be without internet next week, and the next week. =P ) SUPER EXCITED

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  54. YAYYYY! I absolutely love word wars!!! I'm definitely in! Thanks for hosting this!!

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  55. I'm in! I've never done a word war before, and this will definitely kick my butt into action on the pieces I've been procrastinating on!!
    Just wondering, what is everyone writing generally? Like novels, short stories, etc.?

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    1. I'm writing a novel
      Some, I know, write short stories.

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    2. I'll be working on some of my WIP and a short Hunger Games fan-fiction. Hopefully I'll be able to finish one or two of my WIP. :-D

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  56. Very exciting! I'm in! I've never done a word war before... but it can't be that much different than NaNo, could it? I've won that four times. :D

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  57. This is coming at the perfect time for me. I don't have a million and one things to do next week, and I REALLY need to stop procrastinating on my current story. So...I'm in!

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  58. I will probably only be able to participate Monday and some of Tuesday, if I can at all. Can I still participate?
    ~hannah!

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  59. Well why not? I'm in! I can finally push myself to keep going on my fifth chapter.

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  60. I'm in! I just have to decide which WIP gets my attention...!

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  61. AH! I'm in! I definitely won't get much done, though...Given I've put off my summer reading and now need to annotate a trillion pages:/ Oh, well. It's more writing than I might have done otherwise. So excited to participate in my first activity here!

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  62. I AM SO DOING THIS. Last word war you guys had on here really boosted my writing...hopefully the same can be said for this one? ;) I love word warring, so, yay!

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  63. I'm in! This will really help towards my word count for Camp NaNoWriMo.

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  64. Okay, I'm in! :D I don't know how much I'll actually be able to write, but trying is half the battle! Can't wait. :D (Awesome idea!)

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  65. I'm in the editing process, but I'll see how many words I can add to my novel this week! I'm in! So excited! GTW word wars are better for my writing than NaNoWriMo!
    ~Sarah Faulkner

    Inklined

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  66. I'm in! My writing could really use a boost, and this will really help help for Camp NaNo. Can't wait!

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  67. Yes! I can't wait :) Hopefully this will bring me to the end of my novel. I'm most definitely in.

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  68. I'm in!!!!! EEEEK this is so cool. (I mean writing and free books people, really. How could I say no? XD)

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  69. I'm In!! I am gonna have to write perhaps the sequel to Crime With A Babyish Punishment

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  70. I'm not a teen, can I still be in? If so, I'm in! :D

    I'm young at heart. <3

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  71. I'm in! I've got to reach my goal on the 25th, so the timing is perfect.

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  72. I'm in! I'm falling behind on my word goal and I LOVE word wars!

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  73. I'm in! I love word wars and I'm feeling especially motivated this july :D This will be fantastic

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  74. I am in!
    All my writing will be on Wattpad so when I am done, it will be published! Sooo excited, never done one of these before...

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  75. I'M IN! This is perfectly perfect!

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  76. All right, I'm in ;-) Need some creative motivation!

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  77. I'm in. I think you did one of these last year, but I couldn't participate due to my participation in GISHWHES which took up the whole week.

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  78. I'm in! Hopefully I'll have time to write with Ramadan coming to a close!

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  79. Sorry if I'm double posting but my comment vanished...

    I'm in! I love a good challenge and I have two novels that need finishing, never mind that I'm working extra hours this week. I could use the distraction anyway.

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  80. I'm in! This is my first word war with Go Teen Writers, but I know some people who have done it before and they loved it!! I also need some motivation for my novel...

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  81. Wow. So many people! :D This is going to be awesome.

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  82. Huh. I think the computed ate my last comment. Oh, well, I'm in! This is perfect; I'm really behind on my writing.

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  83. Lindsay RichardsonJuly 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    I'm in! Although I'll be away from any electronics from the 23rd and on :(

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  84. (Blogspot hates me, I be "Rebekah / The Princess of Dol Amroth" who stalks Jill's blog)

    I'M IN!! :D

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  85. (Not sure whether or not this has gone through already. Hmnn.)

    I'm in!

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  86. (Not sure if this will go through or not...)
    I'm in! :D

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