Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Final Word Counts from the Go Teen Writers Word War


It's Jill! Hello! Congrats on finishing the word war!

So how did you do this past week? Add up your word counts for each day and type the grand total in the comments below. Here are our results. Remember, Stephanie and Shannon weren't word warring. They were edit warring.

Stephanie finished her first edit. (Whoo hoo!) Then she started again on a second edit and made it half of the way through.

Shannon finished the first draft of her new novel. (Yay!) Then she almost did a complete edit!

I finished my first draft of King's Folly before lunch on Monday! (So, so happy.) I typed 32,033 words on it to finish. Next week I'll start edits.

Steph and Shannon helped me come up with some great ideas for my Achan and Vrell novella. I'm tentatively calling in The Journal of Ancient Kings. That name might change, of course, but it's better than calling it "Achan and Vrell novella."

And since I got done a bit early, I started working on Broken Trust. Writing Spencer's point of view was a fun way to end the weekend. The guy just cracks me up. In the end, typed 4417 words on Broken Trust.

So my grand word war total was 36,450 words. Whew!

And we all got to type THE END on our stories.



Thanks to everyone who participated. We knew you were writing with us, and that really helped motivate us to make the most of our writing retreat. We're proud of you all!

59 comments:

  1. My grand total was 5,168! And one day was the most words I've ever written, so my first Word War ended awesomely. :)

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  2. My total was 5482. Not as shiny as previous wars, but not too shabby either. :)

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  3. Total was 3184. Not as much as all of you, but since this was my first Word War I'm very happy with it, and I wrote over 1k on two days :)

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    1. That is fabulous, Laurel! It's great training to be able to write over 1000K in one day!

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    2. 1000k would be A LOT of words, haha. Anyways, great job, Laurel, and the same to you, Jill!

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    3. @laural: I got 1400 words done : (

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  4. My "grand total" for this Word War adds up to 6115 words. Perhaps not the most amazing, but like Laurel above, this has been my first Word War, and I am nevertheless pleased with my result. I am murderously busy these days, but this really encouraged me to make those extra minutes of leisure scrounged from here and there add up to something that is, considering my norm, awesome. By the way, to all of you above, congratulations. It has been wonderful warring with you, even if not directly. Just knowing that we're all doing this together makes such a difference, matters so much. A great day to everyone and all!

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    1. That's wonderful, Hanan! Way to make time! Good job. :-)

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  5. I have no idea. Let me count :p

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    1. 3,307. Better than I thought! Even though before the WW I was writing upwards of 1,000 words some days... *shrugs* but, hey, I finished a novel (my first!) that I've been working on for 10 months! (I didn't realize it was that long! is it just me, or does that seem like an abnormally long time....)

      And then last night when I was really tired I got like 3 ideas for books...BUT I NEED NOTEBOOKS!!!! X(

      I might be able to get notebooks today, though :)

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    2. The first book I ever started took me almost a year to complete, I think it was about 10 or 11 months. lol And it's not like it is this super long book, it just took me a long time to write it.

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    3. Congratulations on finishing your book, Emily! :D And yes, that first novel is always the hardest to write. :) The rewards are so worth it though.

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    4. This one will probably end up being around 38-40k before editing. But when I edit, I add stuff (like Mrs. Dittermore, I believe) So hopefully it will end up longer than that. But with one of the two publishers that I'm interested in, you have to have at least 75k :/ We'll see how it works out :)

      Oh, and thank you, Patience! :D

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    5. You're welcome! :) What publisher do you have in mind?

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    6. Enclave Publishing (it used to be Marcher Lord Press) and Mountainview Books, LLC. It would be awesome to published by either of them :)

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    7. Good job, Emily! And congrats on finishing your book!

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    8. I know this is off topic but is this good poetry? I'm gonna use it for the next poetry event at the writing club i'm part of:
      The Classroom.

      This place called a classroom,

      Is where I am,

      Listening to this thinggy called a teacher,

      Who keeps on preaching ,

      The word's the rocks cry out,

      In the table across from me there is a

      latino princess who is out of her mind,

      wanting to be at the wild side,

      look across the room and you will see,

      a football obsessed evil goblin,

      who is pissed of at everybody,

      we've got black bodied monsters,

      always after everybody,

      and blonde haired enchantresses,

      enchanting timelords like me.

      So here I am, on this mission of mine,

      to seek out wisdom from learning all the while,

      the final destany at the end, is a light out these classrooms, as I head to collage.

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  6. I have written a total of 5027 words. A whole lot better than last the Word Wars final count.

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    1. Nice, Mary! That's a great amount!

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    2. I got 1400 words done. I work best on word wars when rockin to Van Halen station on Pandora. my story posts are on my wattpad page. Please take the time if you can to find autisticboy's profile on Wattpad and read my book. It would make my day. I only got 1400 words done because i'm a highschooler and have this thing called School and this other thing over the weekends and on weeknights called Homework that take up most of my time. Oh yes, I was reading your book By Darkness Hid but my iPad which I read on got smashed to pieces after dropping it on the school bathroom floor and it will not appear on anyone elses Kindle so I don't know If I will be able to read it anytime soon : (

      Anyways, You are a awesome writer. Reading your books takes me to a differant world where I am in a differant world instead of hell school ( my definition of high school). I lack friends so reading your books makes me forget the depression, anger, and mania I have to deal with. Not to mention it is more interesting than my cursed study guide that has unclear instructions and is poorly made and is 7 pages long. To the point: whens your next book coming out?

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  7. Congratulations to everybody!!! :D You all did so awesome!! *high fives*

    I do have a question regarding genre. My novel is historical fiction (early 1900's), but I can't figure out if it's a historical romance. How do you know? My summary for it is here: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/thededicatedpen/novels/love-along-the-shore .

    Thank you so much!! Again, you all did such a fantastic job!!! :D

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    1. With a title like "Love Beyond the Shore" it certainly sounds like a historical romance. (I can't actually pull it up since my dad blocked NaNo on our wifi to keep me out of forums a few years ago. Frustrating, but it was necessary.)

      Basically, the main difference between a historical fiction and a historical romance is the focus. A historical fiction will focus on events and culture, though there may be a romance on the side, while a historical romance will focus on the romance, with the events and culture just the setting for it. It's your call, and you can pretty much put it in either genre (or both) interchangeably if it has at least a very strong romance in it.

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    2. Thank you, Kendra! Here's the summary: "In this third novel of "The Shore Series", Frances Kennard continues the journey of love as she becomes David Harrison's wife. Yet when the happy couple come home from a short, but sweet honeymoon, conflict arises. David's blind sister has always been the woman of the house; and she's not about to give up that position. And David, once the hero in France's eyes, falls from his pedestal. Conflict escalates, and Frances finally collapses emotionally. t's then that Frances takes advice and returns to 1 Corinthians 13 with marriage in view. Yet suddenly, morning sickness hits. When Frances goes down, however, the Lord works - and Mrs. Kennard steps in just when she's needed most." (Copyright 2014 by Patience Marie Bledsoe)

      Your advice was very helpful, and I greatly appreciate it. :) Basically the historical setting in my novels is just that - the setting.

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    3. Yeah, that sounds more like a historical romance - and I would further classify it as a Christian Historical Romance, than a straight up Historical Fiction. It certainly sounds like an interesting book! Not many people are willing to tackle the what happens after the I do's.

      Glad I could be helpful!

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    4. Thank you so much, Kendra! I will certainly do that, and thank you again for the advice - it was very helpful! :) And thank you for your kind words about my novel!

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    5. Kendra had good advice, Patience. (Thanks, Kendra!) As long as there is two single people getting together in book one, that's romance, and the sequels would follow. A lot of times in such series, the publisher asks you to choose a new romance for each book. So in book two, maybe the sister or friend of one of the leads in book one could be the hero who is finding love. (Think about the Love Comes Softly books by Janette Oke. Each one has a new couple.) But if you're telling the story of one family and only the first one has the "boy meets girl" romance formula, the publisher might classify the series as historical. This is actually a great question for Roseanna.

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    6. The above advice is pretty sound. The general rule is "If you take out the romance, is there still a story?" If the answer is yes, then it's not a romance. If the answer is no, then it is. Something to keep in mind though is that strict romance definitions require, as Jill mentioned, two single people getting together by the end. While marriage of convenience stories (no consummation) can fall in romance because they're not really TOGETHER (ahem), those that involve a true marriage early on are usually not considered romance by those who like strict definitions. So that, too, could get a book put into the "historical" rather than "romance" category. Even if it's a love story. Which is, I think, what your question might boil down to. "Romance" has the boy getting the girl at or near the end. Love stories often involve a longer relationship and the nuances of it.

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  8. I got a grand total of 12,078 spread over about seven books/short stories. Most of those stories had been suffering from serious writer's block, so I was thoroughly grateful for the inspiration to press through on them. I actually finished one of the books, the one I was needing to finish, so I'm really happy.

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    1. That's awesome, Kendra! I was happy to get half that! :D

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    2. Whoo hoo! Way to go, Kendra. And congrats on finishing that book. It's such a great feeling to type THE END!

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    3. will you publish the book so I can buy it?

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    4. Yeah, at the current moment, it's scheduled release date is February 14. (Not a long gap between finishing and publication, but I'd already done a lot of editing while typing it out of the notebook, so only the last few chapters, which weren't in the notebook, are really messy. I usually give myself more time.)

      It's the third book of a series, so I recommend reading the first two books first - Sew, It's a Quest and Do You Take This Quest? both of which are already out.

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    5. K. I am gonna take it you are not a soon to be 17 year old autistic boy/high schooler like I am?

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    6. Ok. you are a teen writer then? awesome. I thought only people over 20 wrote. : ) I will try to find your book. Sorry if i'm annoying. I just am glad to met someone else who has problems and loves to write. Someday I wanna write a book. I have many problems and writing is my little escapeway from my crazy life . The other reason I write is it makes me feel better same with books. I go through a lot at school and have multiple times stayed up late at night wondering why people hate me, all the while crying . I've in the past gone so far as to attempt to kill myself. I feel like everyone hates me and I write to express how I feel and I read to forget my messed up life

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  9. Great job, everyone! There are some very impressive word counts in these comments! And Mrs. Williamson... Whew, ya'll are amazing! My total was 6448.

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    1. Great job, Rachelle! And thank you. I'm very happy to have that first draft done!

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    2. Thank you! I'm sure you are! It's an immensely satisfying feeling to finish a first draft. :) And the fact that you got to work on Spencer's story makes me really happy, too. :D

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  10. Great job everyone! I ended up with a total of 4,136. Not fantastic, but with the time I had, it was pretty good.

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    1. Good job, Mickayla! That is a great chunk of words to get down!

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  11. Ugh... I forgot where in my story I started warring, so I don't know how many words I got.

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  12. Great job, everyone! I ended up with around 4,214 words. Thanks so much for hosting this! It was so much fun! :D

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  13. Good job everyone! I didn't get that many words in (about 2k) but that was because I was mostly just planning my next WIP.

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  14. Even though I wasn't around on the blog until yesterday...

    5,125! Yay! I didn't get to write ANYTHING today because Wednesdays are just crazy like that, but I think I made up for it yesterday with the over 2,000 words. :) Thanks for the war! Great job to everyone who tried a war for the first time.

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  15. So I'm not even sure if my words count as "for the word war" since it's really just me plodding along trying to keep up with the 100-4-100 thing... XD I was REALLY struggling with this chapter so it was hard. :P I got 1439 during the word war, but I'm going to be happy with that; at least I finished the chapter! Yay. :)

    Congrats everyone, you all did AWESOME! Congrats on all the "The Ends"!!!

    AND WOOHOO JILL 36K WORDS YOU'RE AH-MAY-ZING!!!

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  16. ...I don't suppose anyone would like...*gasp* ANOTHER word war? Just a shortish one, I promise, not days long xD But I'm sitting here going "I should be writing... *checks NaNo forums* No wait I said I was going to start writing. *checks Pinterest*"

    *facepalm*

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    1. I have very little homework so I might as well

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    2. Wonder why my comment disappeared. Huh.

      Well, I got 488 words. Pretty good for me. I think maybe I'm sorta unstuck. Thanks.

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    3. I got 124 words. byyeee. Be free to check out my stories on wattpad. my username is autisticboy.

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