Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WORD WAR: Day Three


My total for Tuesday was 5100 words.

I started out strong and quickly got stuck when I needed my characters to take a ferry across a lake. But it was a great lake, the size of one of the US Great Lakes, so I decided to make it a barge instead. And by the time I'd learned enough to write the scene decently, I'd lost almost an hour doing research.

These things happen.

How did you do yesterday? I am ready for a BIG day today. I'm past the hard scenes. What I have to write next should be fun. Lots of dialogue. I love dialogue because it goes fast!

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 of what we're doing this week at Go Teen Writers: 

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!

435 comments:

  1. I got about 1,800 words yesterday! I started a new story yesterday and got up to 1,144. I think that's the most I've written for the beginning at the story at one time. I hope I'll get at least 2k today!

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  2. I got 731 words yesterday. Which isn't too much, but at least something ;-) I'm afraid I don't have a lot of time to write today, but we'll see if I get some words on the paper.

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  3. My total word count yesterday was 2,555. But I've got more time today and I'm ready to write! My goal is to finish Act I of my novel and move into Act 2. :)

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  4. first morning session: 1409 words! :)

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    1. Thanks, Brooke! How's your writing coming along?

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  5. I didn't make it to the 5k I wanted yesterday, and I know I won't get much done today because I have a orthodontist appointment the afternoon, and my aunt's coming, and we're having dinner with my Pa, but I hope to make two or three thousand words!!
    Yesterday's total was (the exact total): 3,864
    Want to get Slaved to 10k today! Almost there!! =)

    Is anyone available for a WORD WAR =)

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  6. Hey, so I completely forgot that a new post was already up and was waiting for comments on last one's. :)
    Anyone for a fifteen minute word war?
    Jill or Stephanie, can I please make a suggestion? It would be SO much easier if you guys made two posts each day. The posts are overflowing with comments and you have to load them to get to the last ones each time... Sorry if I sound rude!

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    1. I could war! Maybe at :55? Oh and I second your suggestion :) Those posts are quite too full ;)

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    2. I think you could join, Sofia?

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    3. Maybe on the hour instead?

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    4. So sorry!!!! At :10 for fifteen?

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    5. Oh... sorry. :P I started at :55... I got 456... how much did you all get?

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    6. Cool, Petra. I got 337. I'm slow, I know. :) How 'bout you, TW?

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    7. Good job, you guys :) Sorry for the mistake

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    8. Great job! No prob, Petra. I'm sure most of us do it once or twice (or more... :))

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    9. Sofia, yes, all these comments are overwhelming, but they'd still get that way with two posts a day. You could try using the Twitter hashtag or posting on the Facebook group or even emailing each other privately in a group. Or maybe a Google + discussion (I know nothing about Google +, though...)

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    1. I could do maybe a five minute one with you start at :30

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    2. 138, considering my brother distracted me and then I gave myself a wee bit more time. :)

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    3. Good job, Ana. How do you guys write so fast?

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    4. I got 189 :) what did you get??

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    5. Cool, Petra and TW! Any one of you guys, what was your scene about?

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    6. Good job! I gave myself a little bit more time in a word war yesterday when my brother and cousin came up stairs begging me to play with them and I had to stop and explain to them what I was doing.

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    7. Great job to everyone! Five minutes is always fun for me!

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    8. yea, totally understand you, Ana. :)

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    9. My MC, Anaya, and her group found an unconscious girl on the side of the road tied to a tree. And then she woke up. :)

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    10. Sofia, my scene was a miniature battle between a semi-villain, and three of my MC's :) what was yours about?

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    11. Great job, Petra and TW! Sophia, my scene was a dialogue in which a character who is about to sacrifice herself so the rest of the characters can live is arguing with her best friend.

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    12. Those sound great, TW and Ana! Anybody up for another one?

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    13. Awesome scenes Petra and Ana!! :)

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    14. Wow, guys, cool. Mine was a scene where my MC's best friend is saying that church is boring, but for once the MC is actually not listening to her. Thanks to another friend from the last scene sharing her problems. :)

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  9. Is anybody available for a 30 min ww starting at :40?

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  10. I should get off pretty soon. Thanks for ww-ing everyone!

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  11. Thanks Petra, Sofia, Ana, Emily, and Mary for word warring with me this morning!! :D This morning I added 1,860 to my novel, Slaved, this morning. YAY Well actually, 281 of those words is the very end that i wrote for the future. Mary's gonna' kill me *evil smile*
    Hopefully will be back for more this afternoon *crosses fingers*

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    1. Thanks for word warring with me! It's great that you got so many words in. That word count is quite impressive. I hope to word war more with you in the afternoon!

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  12. Anyone up for a word war?

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    1. I am! For how long? I can do long or short :)

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    2. I'm up for a short one. Would ten minutes be good?

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    3. That's good for me :) at :25?

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    4. That sounds good. I'm not sure if Emily is still on...It doesn't seem like it.

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    5. Okay, sounds good to me too :)

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    6. I have to leave... :( I'm sorry. My sister needs the computer, and I'm to the place now where I need to do some research :) Thanks for word warring with me! I hope to be back on in a couple of hours!

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    7. Sorry guys, I got off the internet (right when you guys answer) sorry about that!! I might be able to WW about 1 or so :)

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  13. 5,145 words in the past two days! Time to get back to writing :)

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    1. Yay, Morgan!! That's fantastic! :D

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  14. Wrote 1,758 words this morning! Taking a break, then I'll pick up where I left off after lunch. :)

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  15. Just gobbled some chili and icecream! And, boy, am I ready to get back to writing! I am planning on doing the writing camp (can't remember the name :P) this November, so I really need to make some head way on my current WIP. All that to say... Word war anyone? :D

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    1. NaNoWriMo? I can maybe word war in about an hour ;D

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    2. I'm wanting to do NaNo again this November too! :D

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  16. I wrote 2461 words yesterday, which was not as much as I was trying for. That makes a total of 7370 words in the past two days.

    Today I really want to write over three thousand, and get some story planning straightened out.

    Ganbatte kudasai, everyone~!

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    1. That's awesome, Caiti!! 7370 is fantastic!! :D *high five*

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    2. Thanks, Patience! :-) You're making impressive progress, too. How do you like editing? I always thought I would hate it, but when I actually came to doing it for a story I liked, I enjoyed it quite a bit for the first seven rounds or so.

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    3. Patience BledsoeJuly 23, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Aw, thank you, Caiti! :) Well, editing's not my favorite thing in the world. ;) But I have learned a lot through it! Oh, that's great! And you know, it must be a great feeling once the book is TOTALLY done and ready for publication. :)

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    4. No, it's not my favorite, either, but there are some days I just want something solid to work with, you know? I'm glad that you've learned a lot! And congratulations on pushing through it, even though you don't like it. Actually, I've never gotten to the editing stage on a novel; only on short stories, which I'm typically editing a hundred times to get them below a certain word count. THAT'S always fun! (Not!) But I'm sure it is a great feeling, once editing fatigue wears off. ;-)

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    5. Patience BledsoeJuly 23, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      Ah, I understand. :) Thank you very much, Caiti! That means a lot. :D *sympathetic smile* Ah yes - I've heard a lot about how difficult it is keeping short stories down to a certain word-count. And I like lots of description - a little too much, I'm afraid ;) - so I also have to weed my word-count down too in my novels. :) Yes, that editing fatigue!

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  17. I've gotten about 2000 words so far, but have been real busy. I have lots of spare time today to write :) Word war anyone?

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    1. Are you available for a 45 minute one starting at :15?

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    2. want to start at :15 for 15 minutes?

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    3. I have to eat lunch soon...sorry :( I can to one for 20 minutes tops.

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    4. That's fine! 20 minutes at :15?

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    5. I have to go much sooner than I thought. For the 5 minutes I did the war, I got 127. I will be able to war some more later... :)

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    6. I got 557 :) what did you get?

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    7. Oh, I'm sorry you had to leave! Hope to war with you later!

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  18. afternoon session: 1320 words :)

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    1. Thanks, Petra! How's your WIP going?

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    2. That's wonderful, Ashley!! :)

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    3. Thanks, Patience! How's your WIP going?

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    4. It's going well :) I've come close to getting 3,000 done today :D:D

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    5. Nice to talk to you again, Ashley! :D And thanks! I posted a comment down below about how things are going. :)

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    6. 3K is awesome, Petra! :D

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  19. Word war, anyone? I prefer ten minutes, but am willing to do anything :)

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  20. Is anyone available to do a long word war?

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    1. Will 45 minutes work? at :05?

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    2. Haha, I missed :05. How about :10?

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    3. Sure! :) Till :55 I guess. Good luck! :)
      (if you see this in time. XD)

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    4. I need to leave about fifteen minutes early! I'm sorry! I got 984 :) thank you for warring with me!

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    5. Oh, okay. I didn't see this till now. I got 1160 in 45 so I think you got more for the time. :)
      Thank YOU! :)

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  21. So I wasn't able to write the first day because I was too busy, or yesterday since I was in town all day and only got home late. I hope to make up for it today though!

    Congrats on all your words everybody! Y'all are doing epically! :D Good luck and keep being awesome! :)

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  22. Wow, everyone's doing so awesome!! Keep up the great work, guys! :D This has been so much fun. It's been such a blessing to me, especially with my editing. This has really pushed me to make progress with it. :) Today I'm embarking on edits for Chapter 7, and I'm hoping to be up through Chapter 10 before the Word War ends.

    Guys, I had to laugh that peeps were doing Word Wars last night at 2 and 4 in the morning. :) *high five* That's awesome! :D

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    1. That's great Patience! I am at a very similar place, I just finished writing the first draft of Chapter 7 too! :) Yes, brownie points for all you late night word warriors! :) I have really really loved how supportive everyone is through this word war... writers are often a solitary bunch, and it has been cool to be part of such an encouraging online community! It has given me motivation to write! Thanks everyone!

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    2. Thank you, Ashley! Wow, we are pretty close then. :) That's great! Oh, and I echo all of this, guys - you all have been so supportive, and it's been awesome. :D Thank you, everybody!!

      I'm off to edit now. :) That is, if the Word Wars aren't too tempting . . . ;D

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    3. I agree with both of you. Word wars are very motivating! I actually don't know what chapter I'm on. Technically, I'm on Chapter 6, but I forgot to keep adding chapter breaks in long ago, so I now have a very long Chapter 6. It's about 40k long. Oops!

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    4. Patience BledsoeJuly 23, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      LOL, Ana! That's one long chapter. ;) How's your novel going?

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  23. This has been awesome so far! I've managed to get a total of 3,599 words on my WIP (and have also reached the MP!!) and 460 words on a short story I started yesterday. :D Thanks so much for organizing this, Jill, and for everybody that's word warred with me! =D

    Speaking of, does anyone want to word war right now? =)

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    1. That's awesome, Katheline!! :D Bravo!! And yes, thank you so much, Mrs. Williamson, for hosting and organizing this!! :D

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    2. I'll word war with you, Katheline! :35 till :45?

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    3. Man, I'm really bad at disappearing. Sorry! :/

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    4. That's fine. I disappear on people a lot too :)

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  24. Anybody want to word war? :)

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    1. Okay!! Starting at :55 until :05?

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    2. I wasn't writing new stuff, I was transferring my writing from my notebook to my computer. I got 351 :)

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    3. Great job! It was close. Do you normally write by hand, or did you just want to change it up a bit?

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    4. I normally write in my notebook, then type it up. For new parts this week, though, I'm typing it up so I will get an accurate word count :)

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  26. Anybody want to do a ten minute word war? :)

    HP

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    1. Patience BledsoeJuly 23, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Hey HP! :D It's great to see you again. :) Did you get my emails?

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    2. Hello Patience. No I didn't. My parents have restricted me from my emails.

      HP

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    3. Patience BledsoeJuly 23, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      Ah, I'm sorry to hear that, my dear. Is there another way for us to keep in contact maybe? :) How's your writing doing with your series? I've been thinking of you. :)

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    4. Patience-would you like to word war? :)

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    5. Patience BledsoeJuly 23, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Aw, Emily - you're tempting me. ;) One more word and it decides it! ;D

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    6. Pretty please? *puppy dog eyes* if so, :00 to :10?

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    7. Patience BledsoeJuly 23, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      LOL!! It's a deal! ;D :00 to :10!

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    8. Patience-- No there isn't. My computer time is heavily monitored an I have to get off now because I was supposed to get off at 12:00 and it is 12:02.

      HP

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    9. Patience BledsoeJuly 23, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      Hey Emily, I got 339. I had people talking to me though. ;) How did you do? :D

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    10. Patience BledsoeJuly 23, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      I'm sorry, HP, but I understand. :)

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    11. I got distracted my Minecraft. So I only typed up 186 XD

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    12. Patience BledsoeJuly 23, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      *smiles* Great job! :) What's your novel about, Emily?

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    13. I think I talked to you and Ashley yesterday! Do you remember it- Worlds Away? If not I'll be happy to tell you about it again :)

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    14. Patience BledsoeJuly 23, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      YES!! *slaps forehead* Please forgive me, Emily. Of course I remember it!! :D I so enjoyed talking to you, and it's wonderful to talk to you again. :)

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  27. I ran over my time writing today (for the hour that I had), so I do not have the time to figure out the number of words, but it was at least a page.

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  28. I'd love to do a word war (say fifteen minutes?) if anyone's available.

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    1. Great! Fifteen minutes, at :20?

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    2. STOP!
      I got 502. How did you guys do?

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    3. 600. This was an easy scene. ^_^

      Good job, Mary!

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    4. 308. (BTW- I'm not starting from scratch (I am typing up the stuff I've written))

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    5. Well done, Emily! Personally, I tend to take longer typing up pre-written work, so you're doing pretty good. :)

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    6. @Caiti Marie, Wow! That is a lot and you came out even! ;-)

      @Emily, Good Job! I usually go much slower when retyping things up.

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  29. 4355. Anyone want to war for fifteen mins at :40 or :45?

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  30. anyone wanna word war at 4:15 for ten minutes?

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    1. Patience BledsoeJuly 23, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      I think there may be a word war just above your comment, Evan. :) Perhaps you could join that one? :)

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