Thursday, April 23, 2015

April Word War Day 4!

Jill again. Today is the fourth day of our Go Teen Writers word war. How you all doing? My edits are moving along, slow and steady. I'm still trying to find my groove!

Didn't know we were having a word war? Read on to find out what this is all about:





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 on Monday 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 Stephanie an email telling her so that she can approve you pronto.)

Stay focused. You can do it!

237 comments:

  1. You all are doing great!! Seeing the community and encouragement around GTW is just awesome. I'm working on outlining and a third round of editing and it's going well. Those of you who are writing--keep pressing on!

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    1. I totally agree with you! I haven't been on GTW for very long, but the people here are amazing. So supportive and so friendly. :)

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  2. Anyone around to word war?

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    1. Awesome! Is :20 to :30 okay?

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    2. I got 249 words. Last sentence: "I can help you discover all your potential."
      (I have to disappear for a few minutes, but I'll be back!)

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    3. I got 513 words! :D Last sentence was: He heard her approaching behind him; he could almost convince himself that he felt her breath on the back of his neck.

      How did you do?

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    4. I only got down 119 words. Last sentence(s):
      Her reflection swirled, disappearing from the surface of the mirror. Now it showed nothing but darkness. Calanthe smiled.
      “Excellent.”

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    5. Ooh, that's intriguing. :)

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    6. I'm back! Awesome work everyone! How about :50 to :00?

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    7. 181 words this time. Last sentence was:
      Someone was standing outside her tent.

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    8. 237 words seems to be my average. :)
      Last sentence(s): “I suppose you have spies then,” he said. “If there are, I have yet to meet them.”

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    9. 457 words. Last sentence(s): Ray smiled, pleasantly surprised at the bit of advice. "Thanks."

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    10. Should we go for another at :10 for ten minutes?

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    11. 287 words this time. My last sentence: /That was a mistake./
      Good night from my time zone, everyone! I'm sure you all did great. I'll hopefully word war with you tomorrow. :)

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    12. 163 words this time. Last sentence:
      Should she tell Jian about her other ability now?
      I have to go now, but I might be back later.

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    13. I wrote 435 words. Last sentence: Childin sighed and glanced around as if expecting someone to burst out from the trees.

      Wow, it's morning here! Good night though! Great job! :)

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    14. Mind if I join in? (It's morning where I am too!) Or am I too late? ;)

      Deborah

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    1. Yay! Pick me!

      Deborah

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    2. LOL, okay. :). How about from :40 to :50?

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    3. sounds good
      Deborah

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    4. I'll join in the next one if you do another. :)

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    5. I got 195.
      My last sentence was:I climbed up the rocks away from the water. “We should get back to the group.”

      Deborah

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    6. I've been putting words here and there, but my word count was I'd say around 150 words. No last sentence, really. How'd you do?

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    7. The more the merrier, Emily! How about from :55 to :05?

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    8. Yes I accidentally put my reply in a while new comment lol.
      Deborah

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    9. I wrote 379 words. Last sentence: Childin ran her fingers through the horse's silky-smooth mane and smiled. "Ivory."

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    10. Is this war still going? Because I'm back now.

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  4. Yes I got 180 :)
    Last sentence: “Enough. They wouldn't need as much because they have shelter from the sun.” Blake stumbled in the loose sand.

    Deborah

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    1. Whoops I meant to put that as a reply... xD
      Deborah

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    2. Again, putting words here and here. I'll be back in a bit :)

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    1. ^ that was meant to be a reply to the posts above... Haha.

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    2. Ha! Ok, how does :20-:30 sound?

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    3. I got 543. Last sentence: "She was an agent, she knew very well, but emotions love to mess with women."

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    4. I got 461. Last sentence: Childin glared at him and returned her gaze to the road ahead.

      Awesome job! :)

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  7. Anyone interest in warring with me?

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    1. Oops! Sorry I missed you. If you're still available, we could do... 3:00-3:10?

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    2. Hmm.. maybe I should have written that :00-:10, accounting for time zone difference? What time is good for you?

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    3. Could we do it in 2 hours?? For me that is 5:20 :D

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    4. I'm not sure what I'll be doing then... but I think that would be okay. See you here in two hours!

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    5. Hey, Sierra. Still want to war?

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  8. Alrighty, guys. So, I was gone all day yesterday -- well, all afternoon and evening, but close enough ;) -- which meant that I didn't get any writing in. But I'm hoping to make up for that today! :) I just need a word war to get me going. Would anyone like to enter the battlefield with me?

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    1. I will! Do I have to bring my own armor? ;P

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    2. Actually . . . *picks up the breastplate and shield* Here you are! ;P

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    3. If you're still around, I will! :) Seems like it's quiet right about now...

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    4. Excellent! Ready for battle!

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    5. Glad you joined us, Amanda! And yes, it does seem very quiet here. :) So girls, what time?

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    6. Sounds good to me! :) :15 until :30?

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    7. Sure! :)

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    8. Works for me too!

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    9. Sure, Jonathan! :)

      Alrighty - I got 297 words. :) My last sentence: David sat down on the other side of the bed just as the doctor began working the stethoscope.

      How did you all do?

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    10. I got 547 words. Last sentence: Ray was almost unable to comprehend such a majestic concept.

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    11. 225 words. Eh...I'm kind of stuck it seems...

      Last sentence: “I’m...sure it’s nothing,” she said, then coughed.

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    12. Shall we war again at :40?

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    13. If it's alright, I'd like to join too.

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    14. Sounds fine to me, Jonathan. And of course, Abby!

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    15. Great job, guys!! :D (Sorry - I had to get a load of laundry going. :))

      Sounds great!

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    16. Stucky stucky stuck. :( 54 words. Last (unfinished) sentence: It seemed so long ago

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    17. Only 169 :(. Land sentence: “This hall,” the Emperor snarled, “Is not one for traitors.”

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    18. My word count is 261. Last sentence: “Yes, I’m fine,” I replied, “I was feeling sick, but I’m better now.”

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    19. I had to help my mom, so I didn't get the full time in. And on top of that, I lost where I had started. ;) But my last full sentence is: “Oh, darling,” David said. “That’s the baby . . . our baby.”

      Great job, guys! And I'll be back later, because I have a webinar in a few minutes. :) Thanks for warring! :D

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    20. If you're planning on doing another war, might I join in?

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    21. I got 547 words. Last sentence: Arin smiled and slid the sword back into its sheath, rather glad to have it back.

      I was stuck too, Amanda. I find that moving on and writing a different scene helps. :) I do it quite a lot. Tends to make my story a bit of a mess though. :P

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    22. You all have such intriguing sentences! xD

      Mind if I join in with the next one?

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    23. Thanks for warring, Patience!

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    24. Why, thank you Faith. Join in!

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    25. Thanks! :-) That sounds great. I'll get my music up.

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    26. I think I shall take a bit of a walk and attempt to figure out this plot mess I've already gotten myself into in chapter one of a rewrite, for crying out loud!

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    27. I'll do a war from :05 to :15. :)

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    28. I got 464. Last sentence: “That they were alive?”
      How did you all do?

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    29. My word count is 159. Last sentence: “Why not?” the dragon asked, matching his tone, “If anyone can put a spell on a princess, it’s a dragon.”

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    30. 249 :). Last sentence of: Till he stood on his knees, and the Emperor raised his weapon for the final blow.

      Wanna go again, from :25 to :35? I have to do something, so I'll need a couple of minutes, but that should be enough,

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    31. 313 wiords. Last sentence: “I did it for her.”

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    32. And that time sounds great, Jonathan!

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    33. 313 /words/. Not wiords. :-P
      Good job, y'all. :-)

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    34. Good job, everyone! I'm amazed at how fast ten minutes goes when writing. :) I think I'll sign off for a while. Thanks for warring with me!

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    35. I got 427 words this time around. Last sentence: "Wait until you hear what Ray did," Alice gushed.
      (Cliffhanger, anyone? Lol)

      I'm good with :25 to :35. :)

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    36. Thanks for the war, Abby!

      Well done, Emily. :)

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    37. I got 376. Last sentence: A miniature sigh escaped his lips.

      How did you all do?

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    38. I started a few minutes late, but I got 204 words. Last sentence: "So."

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    39. Last sentence(s):

      Well, technically he erupted in flame. The guards were blasted backward into the wall as the marble melted into sludge, and only the Emperor bore the effect of the blast.

      And a total of 243 words :)

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    40. :40 to :50? Then I have to go :(.

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    41. Well done, you two!

      That timing sounds good, Jonathan.

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    42. I got 226 words. Last sentence: "I'm going to try the back door," he called to the others.

      I would do the :40 to :50 but I'm a bit late and I need to try to evaluate what I need to work on next before doing another war... shouldn't take long.

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    43. I got 247. Last sentenced: Brisa's comments had not helped.

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    44. 153. Last sentence(s): The old Berserker had been then approached, when he was about to wonder if he’d gone delusional, by his old master, Atallhiti, and was ushered to an underground bunker, where a few minutes later, after an awful lot of panting, he explained how Dorlin had been placed under arrest and was now a fugitive.
      So, in other words, so was anyone he was consorting with. Him.

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    45. I got 253 words. Last sentence: She threw a swift glare at the door.

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    46. Okay, gotta go now guys! It was fun warring with you, and you books sound very interesting. Good luck writing. See you!

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    47. Well done, both of you!

      Thank you for the wars, Jonathan! :D

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    48. I can war now, Faith and Athelas. :)

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    49. Hello, Patience! How does ten minutes, at the :05 sound?

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    50. *waves* That sounds good; and it gives me a few minutes to prepare. :) How are you girls doing?

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    51. Thanks for the wars, Jonathan. :-)
      *waves at Patience*
      That time sounds great, Thea. :-)

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    52. Fantastic. :) I'm doing pretty well, though I'm getting behind on my Camp novel... How are you doing?

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    53. Can I join really quickly?

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    54. *waves back to Faith* :)

      That's wonderful, Athelas! :) I'm sorry you're behind in your novel though. Hopefully you can catch up! I'm doing well, thank you. :) Just trying to get through a thick forest in my own Camp novel. ;)

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    55. Anyone want to word war at :15 - :30?

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    56. I got 155 words, and here's my last sentence: “It appears that you have twins, Mrs. Harrison.”

      How did you all do? :)

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    57. I got 324 words. Last sentence(s): "So now you're apologizing. Oh, but it's too late now."

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    58. 197 words. My last sentence was: "I cannot put you into a battle such as this one."

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    59. I got 260 words. Last sentence: "I know someone who would."

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    60. Twins! Yay! xP

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    61. Wow, great work, guys! :D You can tell I'm going through a thick forest. ;)

      Emily: *smiles broadly* I know! ;D

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    62. I wrote for only about five minutes, and then had to step away and do something else for the remainder of the war (and until now). But I got 324, with a last sentence of: A few of the men reached for their weapons out of the corner of his eye, confirming what Llana had said.

      Well done, everyone!

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    63. Well done, everyone! :-)
      XD Two of my main characters are twins.
      *waves* Hello, Bianca. The Word War we were doing ended at :15, but we can probably do one starting at a different time. :-)

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    64. I am obviously outmatched, Athelas. You got 127 more words... in half the time. :)

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    65. *waves back* Hi, okay, that sounds like fun! :3

      What time?

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    66. CS: This is an easy scene to write. You did really well!

      Want to go for ten minutes, at :30?

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    67. Yeah, I know, CS... She is incredibly fast. It makes me feel slow. :-P

      Hmm... How about :30 to :40?

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    68. Sounds good! I'll get more this time... with a dragon...

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    69. You can't go wrong with twins. ;D

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    70. Ooh, dragons are good. *sighs* All the dragons I have in this novel are just on flags...

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    71. How do you get so many words in, Athelas? ;D

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    72. Welcome, Katie! :-)
      I think I'll drop out of this one... I have no idea what to write next in my novel...

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    73. I got 372. My last sentence was: “You’ll need a new one.”

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    74. 195 words; I think too much. ;D Last sentence: "Jist like her mama—every step of da way, sah."

      Glad you joined us, Katie! :) How did everyone do?

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    75. I'll join the next, if that's cool!

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    76. I got 579. Last sentence: Llana shrugged.

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    77. Evidently, contrary to popular belief, dragons don't actually cause an author to write more. :P

      I got 130 words. Last sentence: The old Wizard looked weary already.

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    78. Wow, excellent, Katie! :D

      Welcome, Liv! :)

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    79. I got 173 words with my last sentence as this: Mom was asleep, dad was still running his errand (which isn’t a surprise) and May was sound asleep in the living room.

      Thanks! I can't do anymore word warring, but I had a great time. :3

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    80. Great job, everyone! :D

      Of course, Liv! Join! The more, the merrier.

      CS: These dragons must be particularly difficult ones. *scolds dragons* But, dragons are cool anyway. :p

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    81. Such a gripping last sentence, Athelas! :P

      Good job to everyone!

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    82. Man, Athelas! That's a lot of words! :D Great work, everyone! *high fives all around* :D

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    83. Welcome, Liv. :)
      And great job to everyone!

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    84. CS: I know. It took such a long time to craft the sentence... It makes even me go teary-eyed.

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    85. Sorry I'm replying a little late! I got 398 words. Last sentence: She felt trapped, tricked-- as if this were a setup.

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    86. Athelas: The pinnacle of writing prowess, indeed.

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    87. Well done, Emily!

      Would you all like to do another one?

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    88. I think I'll drop out for now and think for a while, actually. Thanks for warring, all of you!

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    89. Sure, one more and then I have to do my goats. :)

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    90. Okay, CS. Thank you for the wars! :D

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    91. Awesome, Emily!

      I'll do another, Athelas.

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    92. Thanks for warring with us, CS! :D

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    93. Patience: You have to do your goats. That sounds ominous. xD

      How does ten minutes, at the :53 sound?

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    94. Athelas: Oh you. ;) Well, I have to go take care of them! ;D

      Sounds good to me! :)

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    95. Good with me. I'll do one more and then I'd better go for a while.

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    96. Patience: Nope, old time detective dramas have spoiled that phrase for me, too. :p

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    97. I got 505. Last sentence: “He almost married my sister, Chief.”
      How did you folk do?

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    98. 226! Better this time at least. :) And the last sentence: "I wonder how Mama felt when she realized she was pregnant with me and Louisa.”

      How did you all do?

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    99. Awesome, Athelas!

      327. Last sentence: "He smiled sleepily at the red-tipped buds."

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    100. 505, Athelas?! Man, I guess I didn't do better. ;D

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    101. Hmm, fascinating last sentence, Liv. :)

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    102. Well, I better go do my ominous task. ;D

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    103. 361 words. Last sentence: Her best bet was to take a walk in the opposite direction and return to the camp in the morning, when the others were awake and perhaps her mind was cleared.

      I'm off for now! It's been fun warring with you all! :)

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  9. Anyone around for a word war?

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    1. Hi Abby! We're warring just up there ^ a bit. :)

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  10. I'm ready to start tormenting my characters for the day... Mwahahahaha.

    Actually, no. I'll probably end up crying about what they're going through. (Whoever said writing was easy was dead wrong.)

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    1. Amen again. ;)

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    2. Ah, the toll being a writer has on your emotions. ;)

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  11. Anyone want to word war at :10 - :25?

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    1. Sorry I missed you. Still want to war?

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    2. I'm doing a war at :30 - :40 at the top. You can still join. :3

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  12. I'm up for a word war if you still want to!

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    1. Hey, Liv! We're warring a couple comments up. :)

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