Tuesday, April 21, 2015

April Word War Day 2!

Stephanie here!

It was so awesome seeing all the great community stuff going on yesterday! I didn't get a ton of words written since Mondays are my run-errands-and-pick-up-the-house day, but I'm hoping for a few more today.

If you're just joining us, here's what's going on:




What it is: 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 and will end Friday night. It's a come-and-go, write-when-you-can style of war, so it's never too late to join!

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. Or you can challenge each other to word wars. 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 #GTWwordwar 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 approve you pronto.)

Happy writing!

245 comments:

  1. I missed the first day! My schedule is nuts Monday, but Tuesdays are my beautiful productive days. Can't wait to start warring with you all! Who is participating in Campnano this month? Here is my user if you are interested in seeing what I am working on: http://campnanowrimo.org/campers/melody-faithy98

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    1. I'm doing Camp NaNo too. :) Here is my user if anyone is interested: http://campnanowrimo.org/campers/thededicatedpen . Looking forward to warring with you all today! :D

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  2. Y'all are awesome for doing so much writing yesterday!! Keep up the good work!

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  3. I am so excited for the second day! Everyone did awesome yesterday :) I hope I can fit some words in with my busy schedule... but at least I have about an hour that should be free. By the way, this word war had helped a lot already! I only have 1k left in my goal for this month :D

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  4. Yay! I didn't get to participate yesterday, but I am free most of today - anyone want to war now?

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    1. How did you do? I managed to pull off 255 words.

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    2. 99 words. Last sentence: 'You aren’t a random girl, you’re Adele'.

      I normally do better than this, but I haven't written for awhile so I think I need to remember my story again...

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    3. Thanks! Good job too! My last sentence was: The King narrowed his eyes. “Bring my son down,” he growled.

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    4. Do you want to do another?

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    5. I have to go for a bit now, but we can do more when I come back if you'd like to.

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    7. I just realized my last sentence I gave is actually two. Oops. :)

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  5. Oh wow, this came at just the right time! The last week of NaNo is /brutal/, but WWs are usually pretty helpful. ;)

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    1. I finished with 345 words! Last sentence:
      It already took enough energy to breathe, much less help Vivian.

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    2. Only got down 102 words. I had to stop in the middle to check something. Last sentence:
      The woman turned her head and studied Gwen. “So, you came.”
      I have to go now, but hopefully I can get on again later.

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    3. I have to go as well! It was fun warring with you... even for the one time. XD

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  8. I wrote about 1,300 yesterday and I'd like to write 1K today, but I need to do something else first so I'm not sure I'll get the count I want.

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    1. I'll do one with you, Mickayla. :)

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    2. I have to go eat lunch :/ Sorry! I will be back afterwards, though.

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    3. So, I got 198 words--definitely not my best, but at least it's something. ;) My last sentence: She would be a wonderful aunt to my children as well; I knew she would.

      How did you all do? :)

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    4. I got 158 words. Last sentence:
      “Okay, first of all, I’m not a Blueblood."
      I have to go now. See you later.

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    5. Great job, and thanks for warring! See you later. :)

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    6. Are you still here, Patience? I can war now!

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    7. I actually have to go... again! I'm sorry. I will be back later this afternoon, though.

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    8. That's alright. :) See you later!

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  10. Anyone interested in word warring?

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    1. I can word war with you, Melody. :)

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    2. Awesome! How about from :00-:10 Sound good?

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    3. Sorry -- just got a hamburger here. :) Could we do :05 to :15?

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    4. Sure thing! totally get it. :-)

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    5. Thanks! :) And I got 206 words. How did you do, Melody? My last sentence is: "Time for bedtime, and bedtime isn’t on Uncle David and Aunt Fran’s floor.”

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    6. I got 492. My last sentence was: Hunter felt a wave of heat wash over him as he looked away.

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    7. Sure, though things are slow going at the moment. :) :30 to :45?

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    8. I'm going to join in... one minute late but that's okay :)

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    9. I have 712... Lats sentence: “I think you will have little choice in this case.”

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    10. Glad you joined us, Laurel! I got 478 words in, and my last sentence is this: It was a bittersweet parting when James’ and Ned’s families left the following afternoon.

      How did you guys do? :)

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    11. 168. Last sentence: Because deep down, I know that some part of Adele truly loves Bonnie.

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    12. Wow, Melody--your fingers must fly on that keyboard! ;D Fantastic work!

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    13. Wow! I'm at the hard part of my story where I actually have to do work and tie up all the loose ends and fix all their problems, so that requires more thinking :P

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    14. Great job, Laurel! :D *high five*

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    15. I'll join in on the next round if that's okay. :)

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    16. I totally hear you, Laurel. :) I'm having the same thing going on over here!

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    17. What time do we want to do for our next one?

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    18. We could start at :00 and go to :15? What do you all think? :)

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    19. I got 761. Last sentence: He just wanted to go back to his normal life of drawing sketches for fun and goofing off without any life threatening repercussions.

      Weird last sentence. :-)

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    20. Alrighty, I got 325 words in, and here's my last sentence: Lydia and I stood on the veranda, waving and calling to them.

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    21. 221. Last sentence: "she smiles back". How did you guys do?

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    22. 257. last sentence:
      “If I’m supposed to bring peace, isn’t learning to fight rather superfluous?”
      I have to go now.

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    23. Wow, Melody! We're going to have to keep at this until we beat you--or then we might be here all day. ;)

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    24. I'd love to continue. But I am going to have to go for now. Nice warring with you all! :-)

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    25. Great job everyone! You were able to get more words in this time, Laurel. :D

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    26. Yep! I'm almost at the end... do you want to war again? Bye Melody!

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    27. Oh yay! :D Sure! :)

      Thank you for warring with us, Melody!

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    28. How did you do, Laurel? :) I got 595 words in, and my last sentence is this: She squeezed my hand and left the room, leaving me staring after her, those words ringing in my mind.

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    29. 251. My last sentence was: There's nothing you can do about that.

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    30. I really like your last sentence :) I have to go now, but it was fun warring with you!

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    31. Great job, Laurel! Thank you, and it was fun warring with you too! :D I have to go do some things as well.

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  11. Good afternoon, writers! Is anyone around who is ready to war?

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  12. Anyone want to word war with me?

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    1. I shall war with you, Your Highness. *bows*

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    2. Thank you kind serf. *Curtsies* :D Shall we say from :05 to :15?

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    3. Oh, I'm a serf. *eyebrows* Prepare yourself for a revolution, Queen. You never know the minds or the whims of your people. xD That sounds good.

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    4. Hope you don't mind me jumping in?

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    5. (LOL) I shall ready my knights to stave of an uprising of the people. OK!

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    6. I got 467 words. Last sentence: Alvaro had worked with Vyodor for three years—he knew the warlord better than anyone else.

      How did you two do?

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    7. I only managed 192. Last sentence: There would be no use in asking him; if there was something on his mind he would tell her in his own time.
      Great Job, Athelas!

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    8. I did 228 words. My last sentence: I thought of the woman that stole the Maglapis from me, and then tried to kill me.

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    9. Well done, both of you!

      Would you like to do another?

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    10. Got to go. It was fun warring with you guys! Bye!

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    11. Sure! I would love to do another one.

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    12. Well done, both of you!

      Would you like to do another?

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    13. That double comment was accidental...

      Farewell, Your Majesty. Look out for revolts.

      How does ten minutes sound, Mary?

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    14. *waves* Hey! I'll join in if anyone else wants to war!

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    15. Ten minutes sounds great. When do we start?

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    16. Hey, Amanda! Sure, join in. The more the merrier!

      From :30 to :40?

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    17. Ha, oops. Okeydokey. *runs to get the mail*

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    18. xP Hurry, for war shall fall soon upon us all!

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    19. I got 531. Last sentence: Though he could not stand on his own and needed the bars of the cell to support himself, he managed a weak laugh.

      How did you both do?

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    20. I wrote 260 words. My last sentence: I leaned back in my chair and held the scroll close to my face.

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    21. 152. My mom came home like the second we started, so I only wrote for about 6 of those minutes. :P Last sentence is a long one, typical of me: In that instant, he abruptly twisted around and strode away from the window, leaving his companions behind with “I’ll be back soon” the only explanation.

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    22. Anyone want to war again? (Admittedly, I haven't truly written in quite some time, so this feels rusty. I need to work back into it.)

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    23. *enters the battle arena*
      If you brave warriors are looking to battle again, this new opponent shall join you.

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    24. I will war again. Ten minutes, from the :50?

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    25. Sure, and howdy, Katie! :)

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    26. I'll join too and make it a grand battle. Or maybe it truly has escalated to a war.

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    27. I'd say this is definitely at "war" scale.

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    28. Yes...five people counts as war to me.

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    29. ...Well, thinking of it in terms of just people... I'm not sure this even counts as a battle, actually. xD

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    30. I got a bit distracted with eating cookie dough... So I only got 35 words. xD
      Last sentence: Lyra?

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    31. The queen is back to oversee the war/battle/skirmish and to over-throw revolts. When shall we start?

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    32. Skirmish also sounds a little generous, but we'll go with that. xD

      I got 479. Last sentence: “You will give me the names you know, good Alvaro.”

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    33. Eating cookie dough is more important. xP

      Welcome back, Queen. *bows*

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    34. Great job you guys.
      I got 257 and my last sentence was: The table cloth fell down, hiding us underneath

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    35. 333. Last sentence: “You’ve already betrayed the brotherhood, Gatil. You just won’t admit it.”

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    36. We'll just say so. :p But good job!

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    37. Cookies are good, Katie. :)

      I stopped in mid-sentence with 208 words. Last full sentence was: Glorindon accepted it and slung the leather strap over his back.

      ...Yeah, kind of boring.

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    38. Well done, Amanda and Mary. :D

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    39. Yes, great job, all of you!

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    40. Cookie dough is majorly important, Katie. :)

      Oh, and Athelas, if you look at it from the point of view of number of sides...a five-sided conflict is a great war indeed. ;)

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    41. It's like the battle of the five armies! That was a huge battle. xD

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    42. How about another ten minute one at the :10?

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    43. Great job everybody. Definitely not boring CS C.

      Thank you, Althelas. :)

      Anyone for another?

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    44. :10 sounds good!

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    45. :10's good for me.

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    46. Amanda: Oh, yes. That would be... a lot of opposing sides.

      Katie: Heh...heh...heh... *doesn't rant about the Hobbit*

      My computer crashed, so I missed the start of this one. I'll join the next.

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    47. I'll join in with the one after the one starting at :10. :-)

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    48. Writing isn't going great today. :p I only got 121.
      Last sentence: “Give me the boy.”

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    49. 208 and that's the end of my little prologue! I'm not sure how I feel about it, but hey, it's something to work with and it's a whole lot better than the way I was originally starting this book. :P

      Last sentence: "One day, I will set this straight again."

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    50. Finished with 111 words. I couldn't decide what would happen. :P

      Last sentence: "I do not fear for my own life, but for the lives of the others with me."

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    51. Lol I got 192 words again. This is my last sentence: She read through her list one last time in the dim light before stuffing it securely under the straw ticking.

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    52. Nice job, everyone!

      *scolds Athelas's computer* And I was talking about the books, not the movies. :p

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    53. Good job. :-) Everyone has neat sentences.
      Want to do another one?

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    54. Well done, folks!

      Katie: Ah, good. xD

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    55. Fantastic, all of you! I like you sentence, Amanda. I have to do some things now, though; maybe I'll be on later.

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    56. Wow, cool sentences!

      I must now deliberate on how exactly to set about rewriting my book's first chapter...hmmmm...but I shall attempt to war. Warning, I may have like, 3 words at the end of this :30?

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    57. I'll do another on. Ten minutes at the :10?

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    58. Okay, CS.

      Is anyone up for another Word War?

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    59. 10 minutes at the :30 sounds good.

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    60. *curtsies to you all* Would you mind if I joined the next war? :)

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    61. Of course, Patience! *bows*

      I got 448. Last sentence: His hands shook so hard that he could barely put enough pressure to it.

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    62. 173... :/
      Last sentence: “I think it’s the medicine.”

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    63. *curtsies to Patience* Not at all!

      I got 232 words. Last sentence: The footprints clearly went that way.

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    64. Well done, Katie! Good job, Faith!

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    65. Thank you all so much for the warm welcome! :)

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    66. 165. Last sentence: “I’m sorry, Shyasis.”

      And now, I must go! I may return later this evening though. Thanks for the wars, everyone. I'm really excited about how this rewrite is starting. :D

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    67. *sends a late welcome Patience's way* xD Welcome!

      Well done, Amanda, Faith, and Athelas!
      Thanks for the wars, Amanda. :)

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    68. Well done, Amanda! Thank you for the wars! *bows*

      How does ten minutes sound for another war?

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    69. Thank you, Katie! I was beginning to wonder if you might think me a rebel. ;)

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    70. Can I join too? Hello again Patience :)

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    71. Sounds great. :)

      Hello again, Laurel! *waves* You are more than welcome to join! :)

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    72. Hello, Laurel! Certainly, you may join!

      At the :50?

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    73. Welcome, you two. :-)
      Good job, all.
      :50 sounds good.

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    74. Glad to have you, Laurel. :D
      :50 works.

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    75. I started a few minutes late and got 373. Last sentence: He stopped supporting himself and fell.

      How did you all do?

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    76. 216 words. Last sentence: "Wh-what was that?"

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    77. Eh... :/ 96. I'm distracted.
      Last sentence: “Will he be okay?”

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    78. I was struggling trying to figure out this next step in my novel, so I have 122 words. My last sentence: She grew so absorbed in her work with Mrs. Kennard that no longer did she try to run our household.

      How about you all? :D

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    79. I'm not exactly sure of my word count because I was mainly editing and adding random words here and there, but my last sentence was: What makes us a family, other than our shared love of pancakes, is the fact that we can get through those difficult situations together.

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    80. Great job, Laurel! I love your last sentence. xD

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    81. Good job, everyone. :-) I like your last sentence, Laurel. xD

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    82. oh, and Patience :) whoops, didn't see your post until now...

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    83. and Faith. :) lol I'm totally on top of this!

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    84. LOL, Laurel! ;D Well, I need to go take care of my goats now, so I will talk to you all later. :) Thank you so much for warring with me! I almost have 2K in for today so far. :)

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    85. Of course, Micayla!

      Ten minutes?

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  13. FINALLY finished school for the day and getting ready to write! I see we have a war going on, so I'll wait a bit and start thinking of what to write next.

    Great job to everyone so far! Sadly, I wasn't able to be around yesterday (too much school) and I'm not sure how much I'll be around the rest of the week, but even if I'm not warring, I'll be writing!

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  14. I managed about 1,200 today, which is more than I thought I would get. I'm in the first few chapters of a new historical, so I'm still having to pause to do a lot of research and get my bearings.

    So fun seeing everybody's progress. Keep it up!

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    1. Yay Mrs. Morrill! What status is the Piper novel right now? Waiting with an agent? :)

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  15. That's wonderful, Mrs. Morrill! :) What era is your new historical?

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  17. 500 so far, since I only wrote for forty minutes, but I should have another 500 tonight!

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