How did your first day go? I didn't do so well. I got up early and typed 810 words first thing. Then I had to drive my daughter halfway to her grandma's house. So I was gone for eight hours! I managed to dictate 311 words in the car on the way home. And then I got thinking about Spencer and dictated a 707-word scene for one of the upcoming Mission League books, which is unrelated to my WIP, but, hey, it's words, right?
The scenery on my drive was perfect for my WIP. My story takes place in a desert land, and I live in the high desert. So I snapped a bunch of terrible pics on my iPhone, but they will help me describe things. Here are two of them. There have been lots of forest fires in the mountains near my home. And there are some forest fires in my book. So I snapped this picture of the black ground with the ash.
|Burned ground with little piles of ash.|
And every-so-often, along the river, there were bright green trees that stood out against the dry, pale landscape. I'll totally be putting some bright green trees in my description as my knight rides a camel north.
|I love how bright these trees are in the dry, pale landscape.|
Yes, I know. I'm random.
When I got home, I managed to type another 1607 words, for a grand total of 3124 words for the day, which considering how long I was home, wasn't all that bad, really.
But I want more today! And I'm home, home, home! Cracks knuckles.
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 explanation of what we're doing:
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!