Friday, July 25, 2014

WORD WAR: Day Five

Today is the last day of our major word war. It's been fun to see how much progress you guys have made. We will have to do this again sometime.

Yesterday, I typed 5090 words. I started out strong and had most of that done before lunch, but my friend called and asked me to lunch and I went and had a very nice time. Writing is great, but sometimes you just need to leave the cave. How did you all do?


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 words in a designated period of time. 

This word war began yesterday will end on Friday night. 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 #GTW 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.)

Looking forward to a long day of writing with you!

256 comments:

  1. I don't even think I made it to a thousand words yesterday, but I'm free for really all of today *celebrates* So I should get some words in YAY You guys are doing amazing jobs!! :D Keep it up!! :)

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  2. I'm now over 20k and still have more to type up! :D

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    1. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      That's awesome, Emily!! :D

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  3. 1106 words so far this morning!! :)

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    1. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      Fantastic, Ashley! :D Keep up the great work!! :

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  4. Anyone up for a ww? *wiggles eyebrows*

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    1. I can't be on long so maybe 10-15 min?

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    2. Sure! How about 15 min starting at :43??

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    3. I can do that how about at :45?

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    5. When we post our word count, should we post our last sentence too? I think that's a fun idea

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    6. I'd like to do that, it'd be fun ;)

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    7. Only 261 for me, I'm not in the most exciting part of my story right now :/
      My last sentence is: It was night time and everything around us was dangerous.

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    8. 453 :)
      "Just as she moved out of the shadows to cross back over into Lindon, a policeman stepped out from under the awning of a store across the street."

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    9. 451 for me.
      My last sentence is less exciting than TW. :-)
      Helen stood up and made her way to the door.

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    10. Wow, Mary, we were super close!!

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    11. Good job you two!
      I've got to go now, but I might be on late this afternoon. :-)

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    12. Whoa, you guys were!! Mary I know what you're writing ;) Your's is super thrilling, Ashley

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    13. *waves* Bye Mary Have fun :)

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    14. See you! I gotta go eat breakfast... cause I got up to write at 6 and am starving :) will be back later tho! Let's word war soon, TW!

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    15. *waves* Bye Ashley!! Have fun!! ;) I should be here most of today! *YAY* ;)

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  5. I got in 2,080 words yesterday and am hoping for another big day today! I just got to one of the scenes I've really been looking forward to writing!! :D

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    1. Do you want to word war? :)

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    2. Comment posted before I was done. :P
      I love it when writer's come to that scene and they've just been waiting for it ;)

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    3. I don't think I can word war right now, but maybe in a little while? I'd love to do one, though!

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    4. I'm not exactly sure how much longer I will be able to be on, but later on today I should be here :)

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    5. Okey dokey, scratch my last comment. I'm okay now. Do you want to ww at 9:00? And for how long?

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    6. Ten minutes work? and at :00?

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    8. Ok, instead can we go at :10? I have a quick chore to do..

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    9. Meaning to say, ten minutes is peachy.

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    10. I'm sorry, I didn't quite understand that last comment :/

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    11. So at :10 for ten minutes? Does that work for you?

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    12. Swell. 10 minutes at :10. You're on.

      Sorry about that mix-up. Guess I got a little too excited and blundered things up. :/

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    13. Great :)
      Oh and don't worry about it, I do it much too often ;)

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    14. TIME! I got 363 words in. What about you?

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    15. Great job! We were super close!!

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    16. Haha! That's too funny! Thanks for ww-ing with me!

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    17. You're welcome! :) It was fun! :)

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  6. Gonna' have to go eat breakfast and a couple chores, but hope to be back for more in the next hour or so. This morning I wrote 1,421 and hope I can get two thousand more words in :) Thanks Mary, Ashley and Kiri for word warring with me this morning!! :)

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    1. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      Great job, TW! :D

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  7. Oh yes, please do this again, Mrs. Williamson!!!

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    1. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      I second this!! :)

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    2. I third this! I can't wait until we have the next word war! I was so excited when I heard that we were finally having another one this week, because I've been waiting for another word war since the last one in April.

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    3. I fourth this!!!

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    4. I fifth this! Word wars are the best thing ever!

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  8. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    I'm going to be a busy girl today. ;) I didn't get a whole lot in yesterday with editing (had to take a break for research), but hoping to make up for it today! :) And I'd love to have a last Word War with you all today! :D

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    1. I'd love to word war with you later, too, Patience!! (BTW, I finished typing my writing up and I have roughly 22k!!)

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    2. Aw, that sounds great, Emily!! I'd love that! :D Let's try and do that later, eh? :) (Oh, congrats!! :D That is so awesome, Emily!! Fantastic work!! :D)

      (patiencebledsoe AT calicoacres DOT com)

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    3. Edits for Chapter 8 are finished! Onward ho to Chapter 9. :)

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    4. Wanna word war, Patience?

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    5. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      I just saw this, Emily . . . But I'm here now if you'd like to! :)

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    6. Caiti and I are doing a word war from :05 to :15. you can join if you'd like!

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  9. By the afternoon yesterday I got awfully sick..... I managed to hit my goal for 50k in a month before I got too sick though. I probably won't write today because I feel so terrible.
    Keep up the good work!

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  10. There are loads of little kids around during the day, so I can only write from ten in the evening until two in the morning. I try my best. My wc yesterday was 1500.

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  11. Today I wrote 2,288 words. My total for the week is 15,439 words.
    This has been so awesome! I've gotten so much written. Thank you for doing this Jill.

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  12. Would anyone like to word war?

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    1. Okay! :05 to :15?

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    2. And I've seen it where, along with their word count, people post their last sentence. Want to do that?

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    3. Ah... We'll see what the last sentence is. If it doesn't have too many spoilers, I'll post it. :) But it sounds like a good idea. :)

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    4. I think Patience might be joining us. :) GO!

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    5. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      Just missed it, Emily. :( I'll wait till you two are done, and then if you want to go again perhaps. :) If not . . .then we can have one later. :) No worries!

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    6. Only 126 words. Here's my last sentence(s- I felt that they went together): It felt like the air had been forced out of my lungs. How could it be me?

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    7. Patience- could you WW in about 15 or so minutes? I have to do some chores and then I'll be back :)

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    8. 340 words. My last sentence:
      "They say a lot of things, don’t they,” Hope asked, too tired to form the words into a question.

      Good job, Emily!

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    9. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      That sounds great, Emily! :D Maybe that will give me the chance to finish up editing Chapter 9. :) Thank you!

      Great job, girls!! :D

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    10. And, in typical word-war fashion, that was a typo. It should have said, "Hope said." :)

      Patience, do you want to do a ten minute word war before Emily gets back?

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    11. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Sure, Caiti! :) Starting when?

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    12. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      :30? (Laptop's taking forever to load. :()

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    13. How about :35? (Unless Emily is back now?)

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    14. Or we could just write for ten minutes and report back here when we're done, since the website seems to be making itself difficult right now. :)

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    15. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      Good! :)

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    16. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      Okay, Caiti. :) I'm sorry this has all been so difficult! GTW's taking forever to load things. I wrote for ten minutes, and have 226 words. How did you do? :D

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    17. If you get this comment, I can WW from :50 to :05 :)

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    18. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Hmm, can we go from 00: to :15, Emily? :) My mom needs help with something real quick.

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    19. I got 316 words, Patience. Good job! :D

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    20. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Thanks, Emily! And not at all, Caiti! :) I'd love if you join us! And great job with your words!! :D That was awesome!

      Alright, girls: :00 to :15. :D Ready?

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    21. 324. I'm not sure if we're doing last sentences, but here is mine: I hated that they were from the Head, but at least they weren't blue.

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    22. I decided to join in, seeing your comments right in the nick of time :)
      I got 447. How did the rest of you do?

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    23. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      I got 428. :) What about you, Caiti and Emily? :D How did you do?

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    24. Welcome, Katie. :)

      I got 607 words.

      Good job, you three!

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    25. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Glad you joined us, Katie!! :D Wow, that's great! :) Man, we were close. :) And fantastic job, Emily! :)

      Here's my last sentence: "My heart trembled as my gaze travelled to Mr. Moffat."

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    26. Thanks, Caiti :)

      Awesome job, girls!

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    27. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      Wow, Caiti!! :D That's amazing! :D

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    28. (Just wondering, Patience, my fangirl side is showing through. Is this (Mr. Moffat) a character in your book, or are you doing a fanfic?)

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    29. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      (Well . . . he's a character in my book. ;) But do tell me - where is the other Mr. Moffat from? :))

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    30. Steven Moffat. He is a screenwriter/producer, A few of the things I know he's done is Doctor Who (BBC) and Sherlock (BBC) :)

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    31. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      Aha! Think I can still keep my character's name, Jedidiah Moffat? :)

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  13. I've written 7,050 so far for the word war, and I'm hoping to get at least 500-1,000 words today. My goal is 10k by the end of the month. :D

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    1. Would you like to word war, Katheline?

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  14. So far I have 1,525 words today which I think is pretty good. I think I'm gonna aim for writing a 1,000 words a day so by the end of each week I'll have 7,000. :):)

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    1. I will! :25 to :30?

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    2. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      I can! :)

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    3. DOes :25 to :30 sound good to you two, Katie and Patience?

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    4. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Yep! :D

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    5. 201. How did the rest of you do?

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    6. I got 197. " People surrounded me, some on their feet, others on their knees." How did y'all do?

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    7. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      Wow, Katie! That's great!! :D I got 110.

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    8. Well done, both of you! :) What were your last sentences? (If you don't mind sharing. If you'd rather not, it's not a problem, either.)

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    9. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Oh, great job, Athelas!! :D We were really close. :) Nice! Here's my last sentence: "The blessing said, we passed the dishes about the table."

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    10. I joined in at the last minute. :) I got 192. Last sentence: "He rocked back and forth, muttering about his horses and the weather, and “once upon a time,” over and over to himself."

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    11. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      Ooh, yay, Caiti!! :D That's great! And nice sentence! :)

      By the way, I got your email. :D Thank you! I'll answer as soon as I can - trying to make as much progress with my editing before the word war ends right now you know. :)

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    12. Do you all want to do another one?

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    13. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      I'm game for one more before I return to my edits. :)

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    14. Athelas - Yep. :)

      Patience - Thanks. :) Don't worry, I completely understand!

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    15. Does ten minutes sound good?

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    16. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      Thanks, Caiti! :)

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    17. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Sure, Athelas! What time? :)

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    18. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      Sounds great! :)

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    19. 297. I'm so close to finishing my novel!
      “I’m afraid not.”

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    20. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      244! What about you all? :)

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    21. 403. "She took a breath."

      Great job, you two!

      Congratulations, Katie! That's exciting. :)

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    22. I'm helping my little sister make brownies, so I ended up deciding to not participate in the Word War when she asked me a third question in the first minute. But you all did really well! :)

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    23. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Oh, that's awesome, Katie!! :D How exciting! You can do it!!

      Fantastic work, Caiti!! :D That's amazing for ten minutes!!

      My last sentence: “Your father will remain at the parsonage then?”

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    24. Thanks, Patience and Caiti!
      Would you like to do another one?

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    25. I would love to. :) Ten minutes again?

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    26. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Aww, great job, girls!! And thank you so much!! :D I think I'll bow out of this one though, so I can go out and do my goats before working on Chapter 10. :) But I cheer you all on!! :D Go, girls! Gooo!! :D

      I'm so close to making my editing goal for the Word War. :)

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    27. 394. My last sentence -- The end :)

      I FINISHED IT!

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    28. Woah! That's awesome, Katie! Congratulations! :-D

      I got 488. Last sentence: "What do you want?"

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    29. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      Great job, girls!! And Katie . . . CONGRATULATIONS!!!! :D

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  16. Oh, are we doing last sentence? Here's mine then.

    The sword came close to her head, but she ducked, it then narrowly missing her ear.

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      That's great, Katie! :D

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  17. Any one want to word war?? :)
    -Rebekah / The Princess of Dol Amroth

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    1. Yay! How about 15 minutes? Starting at :25?
      -Rebakah

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    2. I got 688. Last Sentence: "What about them?"

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    3. My reply is below. >.>
      Want to do another one?

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    4. Well done! :) I have an online timer I use, and I continually forget to unmute my computer when I use it. It's somewhat annoying. :p

      I'd love to do another!

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    5. Okay, 10 minutes?

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    6. Ten minutes sounds good. At :53?

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    7. I got 488. Last sentence: -“Neha,” Nathaniel said, this time scarcely above a whisper, “wake up.”

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    8. 248 words! How did you two do?

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    9. 392.

      "The city shuddered no longer."

      Great job, you two!

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    10. Awesome! :) Oh, forgot my last sentence: "With kindness, and love, believing that he could do better."

      It's interesting to read people's last sentences because you have no clue what's going on. :P

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    11. You two want to do another or not?

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    12. I agree about the sentences. :-) It's always interesting to get tiny peeks into people's story, too.

      I'd love to do another! For ten minutes?

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    13. Not now— I'll pop back in later.

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    14. Yeah it's fun. :)

      Great! :14?

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    15. Bye Caiti! It was fun! :)

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    16. Yes, it was! Thanks for word warring with me. :)

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    17. I got 411. Last sentence: " I let my eyes remain closed, wrapping my arms around my legs."

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    18. 208. My story is giving me a bit of a hard time. Last sentence: "The other fairy narrowed his eyes."

      You're really fast! :) I am now wondering what your story is about.

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    19. Yeah... Mine was doing that for a couple of weeks this month. Not exceptional for Camp NaNoWriMo, but thankfully it's going smoother now. *cocks head* You have fairies in your novel?

      I've been Word Warring for a little over three years now. I have a lot of practice. :p Well, my official one-sentence synopsis is "When desert-dwellers slowly start disappearing, a young girl from half-way across the world is caught up into a fight that she can neither understand nor control," but I'm trying to keep the actual information about it from showing up on the internet too much. What about yours? What is yours about? Of course, if you'd rather not share, I completely understand.

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    20. You're doing Camp Nano? I am too! :D Yes I've got fairies in my novel. Fairies are awesome.

      My story's a fairytale retelling mash up. It's Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Rumpelstiltskin. Show White is a guy and Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel are the same girl. It's fun. :D
      -Rebekah

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    21. Yes! NaNoWriMo, of all shapes, sizes and months, is awesome. What's your word goal? Yes, fairies definitely are awesome.

      Ooh. That sounds fascinating. Wow. I've never thought of it like that, but it sounds really neat! Do you expect to finish it this month, for Camp?

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    22. Evan: Sure. I can Word War. For how long?

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    23. My goal is 30k. I already won but my story isn't done and this word war is to cool do it. ;) What's your goal?

      I want to finish but I have a lot left to the story so I don't think I will.

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    24. Ok, i say gen minute starting at :50

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    25. I already won, too, but I'm continuing to write until my story is done. It's almost done, though... *holds breath* My goal was twenty-five thousand, but I'm at thirty-eight thousand now.

      How long do you expect the story will end up being?

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    26. Evan: I'm sorry... I didn't see your message. Will ten minutes at :03 work?

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    27. Funished with 59 words hiw bout u?

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    28. Can you do one at 7:15? I have pizza ready for dinner and im starvng!

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  18. Awesome job! :)
    I got 494. But the timer I set had the sound turned off so I think I might have gone longer then I was supposed to. :P Sorry. Last sentence. . ."She declined by saying she'd promised them two and told them five."
    -Rebekah

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  20. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    I DID IT!! :D I just finished editing Chapter 10! :D I met my goal with editing this week for the Word War. Yay!!

    Now I'm going to try and get some outlining done before it ends. :)

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    1. Congratulations, Patience! Well done! :D

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    2. Patience BledsoeJuly 25, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      Thank you, Caiti! :) That means a lot to me!! How's your novel coming? :)

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    3. I'm not writing a novel write now... I'm writing a serial story. :) But it's coming along nicely. I've finished the rough drafts of three episodes in the past five days... It usually takes me at least a week for one. And things are starting to come together plot-wise, and that's very exciting.

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    4. Woops. Typo. "I'm not writing a novel right now..."

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  21. I hit 1885 for the day and I'm done. I've gotten to a major sticking point in my story (boo!) but I did manage to get close on 10,000 words in which, before this week, was just a bullet pointed word page.

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