Monday, July 21, 2014

WORD WAR: Day One


Jill here! As I mentioned in this post, today we're kicking off a five day word war here on the blog!

I typed 819 words this morning. Now I have to break to drive my daughter to her grandma's house, so I will miss a chunk of the day. But I'll be back this afternoon to check in with you all and to keep on writing!

Is this you've heard of a word war? If so, here are the details:

This word war is a friendly competition to motivate participants to type as many words as we can between now and Friday. 
While some word wars are shorter (fifteen minutes or an hour) and strict, this will instead be a come-and-go, write-when-you-can style of war. So start when you want to and write as much as you can. There are no hard and fast rules. This is about encouraging each other and writing a lot of words. It's that simple.

How you can connect with each other:
1. You can connect in the comments section of the blog. There will be a post every day and a final word count post on Saturday. So post your final word counts every day. Or post them in segments, if you prefer. Something as simple as "Just wrote 1,000 words in the last hour!" is fine. Seeing everyone's posts will help to encourage each other in knowing that we're all hard at work.

2. If you want to break the time into smaller word wars, you can post that in the comments section too. For example, you could arrange a word war from 1:00 to 2:00 with a few people. You could also do that 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 right away.)

Happy writing, everyone! Can't wait to join see how many words we write!

406 comments:

  1. I have written 3,997 this morning. I finally caught up with my nano word count and I'm on track!

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    1. Fantastic job, Melody! Keep up the good work!

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  2. Nice! I"m at 2,262 thus far. Pausing for some lunch now...

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  3. I just wrote 3,048 words this morning! Yay! This is so awesome!

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  4. Wrote 1417 words this morning! :)

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  5. Great job, guys! :D

    My goal for this week is to completely edit a chapter of my novel - Dreams Along the Shore - each day during the Word War. I'd love for you all to keep me accountable! :D I'll check in each night with what I was able to get done in Dreams. Editing is slow going for me, and this will be a great motivator. :)

    I also want to finish the first part of my outlining process for Love Along the Shore this week. We'll see how it goes! :)

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  6. Alright, here I go! Off to begin editing my chapter. :)

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    1. Good luck! I've never edited a novel before because I'm still writing the first draft of my first novel.

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    2. Patience BledsoeJuly 21, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      Thank you, Ana! And best wishes for your writing! :D Writing that first novel is huge. :) What's it about?

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    3. Patience BledsoeJuly 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Just finished editing two pages of Chapter 5 today! :D Yay! Getting closer to meeting my goal for today.

      Hey guys, great job with your word-counts so far!! *high five*

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    4. Good goal, Patience! Keep it up!

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    5. Patience BledsoeJuly 21, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      Thank you so much!

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  7. Good job everyone!

    I'm trying to pick back up a novel I started writing a little while ago, so I'm going back and reading what I've written. I only have two more chapters left to read, and then I'm ready to start writing!

    Ana, I could word war when I finish these chapters. :)

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    1. That sounds great! Just let me know when you're done.

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  8. You all are doing so amazing! Wish I could join.

    walking in the air.

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  9. I have just started writing for today. And I'm super excited because I just started my first novel!!! So far, I have written 96 words! I will write more later!

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    1. Patience BledsoeJuly 21, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      Ooh, yay!! That's awesome, Alea! :) Hopefully you can make lots of progress with your novel this week! :D

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  10. Alright, I finished reading the chapters, and now I'm ready to write. :D

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    1. Yay! Should we start at the 1:10 or 1:15? And is writing for 15 minutes okay?

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  11. I've written 2390 but have to stop because I just finished the novel! Woo!

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    1. Wow, that's an awesome reason to stop, Jack! ;) Congrats!

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    2. Patience BledsoeJuly 21, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      Congratulations, Jack! Great job! Finishing a novel is such an amazing feeling; there's really nothing like it. :)

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    3. That's awesome, Jack! Congrats!

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    4. Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you :)

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  12. I haven't been able to write a lot today...only 200 some words. But at least I don't have writer's block anymore!! ;D

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    1. Patience BledsoeJuly 21, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Yay for no writer's block!! :D He's an evil villain, that writer's block. ;)

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    2. The evil-ist of all villians. And he's been pursuing me for a week or two. But a friendly dragon just came in and saved the day ;)

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    3. Patience- I'm up to 392!! Woo-hoo!! :)

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    4. Patience BledsoeJuly 21, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      *nods head solemnly* Aha! And hopefully that has frightened the evil-ist villain away for a LONG time! ;)

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    5. Patience BledsoeJuly 21, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      YAY!!! Bravo, Emily!!! :D Keep up the fantastic work!! Are your characters behaving well for you? :)

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  13. Great job, Jack! That's amazing!

    Ana: Ugh! I'm sorry! We can start at 1:20 if you want. 15 minutes sounds great to me!

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    1. That's okay. I didn't see your message right away, but I wrote for 15 minutes and I got 702 words. How did you do?

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    2. Good job!
      I went for about 10 minutes and got 474 words.

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  14. I started a few hours ago with a new chapter at 303wds. Now I have 1924, and am going to the next chapter. So my total is 1621 wds so far!

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    1. Just added another 300 words, so now I have 1921 as my total for the day. I have to go to work soon, so I will not get anymore until tomorrow.

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    2. Patience BledsoeJuly 21, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Great job! :D Keep up the good work!!

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  15. I'm finally getting around to writing...I hope. :P I have about an hour, so if anyone wants to war... :)

    Also, everyone is doing great! Keep it up!

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  16. So far I've only written 204 words, but I'll definitely be getting more done before the end of the day.

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  17. I've only got about 600 words, but I should be here for a while this afternoon =) Hope to get a lot done in my novel!

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  18. I came in at a measly 1035, unless you count what I wrote a one in the morning last night. Then it would probably come up to 1100.

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    1. Hey, no calling progress "measly"! :D Getting any number of words down is wonderful, even though it doesn't always feel like it.

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    2. Exactly! I'm so much slower than almost all of you, so tbh writing that much in a few hours would be huge for me. (I could use some of whatever mojo eleven year old me had years back. 7k in one day, I kid you not. o_o)

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  19. Anyone up for a 10-15 minute word war?

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    1. Hey Katie!

      I just finished word warring with two other fine GTW people (Yay TW and Robyn!) and I'm not sure if we're starting another or not, but if we are I'll be glad to do it here too :) And if not...well, I'll let you know and we can just do it. :)

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    2. Sounds good :) Just let me know!

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    3. Yes, I think we're going to...

      Uh, how about we start at :10?

      (Trying to sort out something in the Google+ GTW group with the others...)

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    4. I might be able to word war :)

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    5. I can do that, for how long?

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    6. Ok, so yah, this works for me =P

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    7. 15 minutes?

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    8. Yay, TW! You found us! ;)

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    9. Could I join in on this war? :)

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    10. Of course, Emily!

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    11. Ah, I hate to back out.... But I have to go. I'll be back later in the afternoon. I'm so sorry :(

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    12. :D Yay, thanks! So we're starting at :10, and doing it for 15 minutes?

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    13. It's okay, Katie, I completely understand. This'll be my last war too.

      Two minutes, y'all...

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    14. Yes yes! So until :25.

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    15. Gooooooooooo!!

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    16. Is it to late to join?
      I'll just pick up from here.....

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    17. I got 378, how'd you guys do?

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    18. 384. Great job, guys!

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    19. I got 470. Great job guys! :-D

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    20. 386. great job, everyone!! :D That was fun! We should do it again tomorrow!!

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    21. I'll be heading off now, but thanks for the wars! See y'all around this week!

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    22. Patience BledsoeJuly 21, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      Fantastic work, guys!! :D Word-Warring is so much fun. :)

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  20. MoreShipsThanTheNavyJuly 21, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    I just wrote precisely 1111 words in the last hour. I've been blocked and unable to write this scene for days, so that's huge for me.

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    1. That's awesome! I'm glad you could get past the dreaded wall :)

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    2. Awesome! Make a wish. ;)

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    3. Whoooooooooo hooo! That's awesome!

      I'm still getting unstuck myself...

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    4. MoreShipsThanTheNavyJuly 21, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      Thanks! I'm in the process of Editing With Intent to Query, and I have never been so unable to write. Granted, the scene breaks the fourth wall about five times, but I'll take what I can get. Good luck to you!

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    5. Great Job!! Writers/Editors block is always such a pain!

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    6. That is an awesome count for an hour!

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    7. Good job! (Love your username (MoreShipsThanTheNavy), by the way ;))

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    8. Patience BledsoeJuly 21, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      Great job!

      Love that - "Editors block". ;D I don't know which is the worst: writers block or editors block. ;) They're both evil villains.

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  21. Hey, if anyone wants to war some with me or talk in between breaks, I've made a chatzy!

    http://us20.chatzy.com/14274899788549

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    1. How long do you want to ww?

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    2. Yay! 10 minutes starting at the :50?

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    3. Sounds good to me! :-D (love wws)

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    4. STOP!
      I got 334 words. How much did you get?

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    5. STOP!
      I got 330 words. How did you do?

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  23. Anyone available to do word war in about a hour?

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    1. I might be, but I'm not sure.

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    2. Okay :) I have to do something, ill tell you when i'm done and see if you're able to do it. :)

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    3. I might be here. Big might. I usually try to be off the computer by 4:30...so *shrugs*

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    4. Thanks! I'll let all of you know when i'm back online :)

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    5. That took shorter than I thought. I'm back now if anyone wants to do a word war!! :D

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    6. sorry, got distracted by pinterest. :p Wanna start at :20 and do it for 15 minutes?

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    7. lol That happens to me all the time. Can we move this to the ww down at the bottom, there are two other girls that want to ww?

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    8. I actually think I've talked to you before on pinterest :)

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    9. lol...I thought you were the Emily I followed on Pinterest but I was sure... :-D

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  24. I've gotten about 500 words in the past hour or so. Anyone up for a 15-20 minute word war?

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    1. I don't know if you're still here, but I'm up for one if you are!

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    2. Yeah! 4:00 sounds great to me! So 15 or 20 minutes?

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    3. Is that what the 15-20 minutes is for?

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    4. Yay, you're still here. ^-^ Fifteen sounds good to me, but I'll go with either.

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    5. TW Wright, we'll start at :00, in three minutes, and go for either fifteen or twenty minutes.

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    6. Okay, so 15 minutes at 4? Do you want to go at 3 (in 3 minutes)? Sorry, I just realized that it said 4 lol xD

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    7. K, works for me =) thanks for explaining Athelas =P

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    8. I just assumed you were in a different time zone, Katheline... That sounds great, though. :)

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    9. Okay, never mind my previous comment lol. 15 minutes at :00.

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    10. K, starting in a minute...

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    11. I got 575. Admittedly, not my best for a fifteen-minute one, but I'm glad with the material I got. How did you all do?

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    12. I got 519. :)

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    13. *claps* Bravo

      *ithinkineedtogoworkongettingmorewordsin15mintues* ;)

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    14. Good job, everyone! :D

      What are you all writing?

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    15. I'm writing a novel that's currently going by "Slaved" Basically the world is set in 215something (can't remember at the moment) and it's World War III and if you're american and not fighting, you're a slave. So my MC is trying to fight for freedom. She escaped the fields, but she just got caught again. I love torturing character. Kind of ;)

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    16. *waves* Hello :) If ya'll are going to do another one... I'd love to join in!

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    17. That sounds interesting! How old is your main character?

      We have a Katie! :D I think one is being organized down below, for thirty minutes... I'm going to sit this one out since it's so long, but it's there.

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    18. Okay, I'm trying to get my Google account to work. :P

      Great job, guys, by the way! :)

      I'm writing a YA Christian sci-fi/thriller about the daughter of a doctor who is asked to come help find a cure for a mysterious disease that's running rampant on a tropical island.

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    19. Yeah... 30 minutes is too long for me. Would you like to do one for a shorter amount of time?

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    20. Katheline: Google can be a bit obnoxious sometimes... That sounds interesting! Is it a natural disease, or...?

      Katie: Ten minutes?

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    21. Ten minutes sounds marvelous :) When would you like to start it?

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    22. @Athelas, she's 15 years old =)

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    23. ...Or not. :35, maybe?

      TW Wright: Aah. *glances down* *whisper* Focus on your Word War!

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    24. Okay, I think I got it figured out. I just don't have a profile pic. :P

      Athelas: No, it's not natural, and it actually starts a biological war, but they don't know that. :P

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    25. Figured out is good! And profile-picturelessness isn't bad. You have a lovely orange B, and B's are always good.

      Oh, fun. Biological warfare is always interesting. Will she be able to find a cure for that particular disease?

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    26. I'm writing a Christian YA Thriller called The Hunted :) It's about a girl, who's a fugitive because she's been accused of murder. It's about her fighting to survive and discovering her faith. You guys' books sound awesome!

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    27. Sorry! The internet conked out, and then I had to get something finished... But I can do it now if you're still on for it!

      O.o! It's a, "B?"

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    28. Ashley: That sounds interesting. :-) Did the murder actually have anything to do with her, or was she just an innocent bystander?

      Katie: I'm still here! Ten at the... :55?

      Yeah. B for Blogspot.

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    29. Thanks, Athelas! It indirectly had to do with her. It was an accidental murder... someone was chasing her, and ended up knocking someone off a bridge in his hurry to do so. The man blamed her instead. :)

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  26. I had summer school all morning and barely got any words done. :( Only 439. Now it's time to gobble down some pizza and get writing!

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    1. Good job, Tara! I've only got 373, so far

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    2. Patience BledsoeJuly 21, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      Wow! Awesome work, Tara! :D *high five*

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    1. I might be able to, I was going to ww with some one else but I don't know if we are still going to ww or not. :-\

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    2. What time should we start? And will 30 minutes work for you guys?

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    3. Mary B.- We can all do one together (TW Wright, Petra Reini, you and me), instead of just us, if you'd like :)

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    4. I would be interested in doing a word-war.

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    5. lol Sure, I just asked you the same thing. :-D
      How about :30?

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    6. We can start at :30, 30 works for me =)

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    7. For starting that is... ww for 30 mins works fine for me.

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    8. okay!! for 15 minutes?

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    9. Emily, I think we might be doing 30... I dunno. *shrugs*

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    10. So at :30? For half an hour?

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    11. I'm fine w/ that. :)

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    12. I'm afraid I'm going to have to stop early. I didn't get a lot done....only 194 :)

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    13. I got 778... Not very good... Oh well :) How did you guys do?

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    14. Aww, Great job anyway!

      STOP!

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    1. Patience BledsoeJuly 21, 2014 at 3:41 PM

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

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  30. 1,509 words added to my novel today!! YAY

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      That's awesome, TW!! :D Great work!

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  31. Day 1: So far I'm at 918:D Anyone else here writing fanfiction?:)

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    1. Nice Job! I've never tried it, I prefer to start with my own characters from scratch.

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    2. I've done fanfiction for X-Men. It was a good challenge and a lot of fun.

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    3. Me too! Creating my characters is pretty much my favorite thing about the planning process:) But I wanted to do some short stories instead of a whole novel and fanfiction is really good for that for me:)

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    4. Not for the word war, but I'm working on a Doctor Who one :)

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    5. Awesome! I love Doctor Who! I'm doing a Sherlock one:)

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  32. This morning I wrote 2,000 words and then took a long break to visit some friends but I'm back at it now. Actually I was writing my WIP this morning but my characters are being so difficult so I've decided to give them some breathing room and write a short story in the world of a book I've already written. How's everyone else doing?

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    1. Patience BledsoeJuly 21, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      2K is awesome, Melissa! Bravo!! :D Ah man - here's to hoping your characters behave soon!

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    2. Thanks. :):) Oh it is so annoying. They are such a pain. There are two main characters that I want to work together but they just won't cooperate when being together. How's your word count going?

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    1. I knew I recognized your name from somewhere when you commented on my blog! Did you participate in the last one?

      We're doing a ten minute one at the :55 in one of the higher comment threads.

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    2. Yep! Ooh thanks! I have to start at :57, but I'll write for ten minutes and report back when I'm done.

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