I'm holed up in a cabin in Maryland with my writing bud, Roseanna White, hoping to make good dent in the first draft of my historical YA book. Yesterday was an incredibly productive for both of us. I landed at 11,500 words and Roseanna hit 13,000. Both of us were feeling pretty wiped out by the end of the day.
Here are a few shots from our word marathon yesterday:
|The start of the day. I have my scenes on post-it notes, so I started just carrying around one at a time so I would stop panicking about future scenes and just focus.|
|These are, like, the most uncomfortable chairs to try and write in. We're doing our best with pillows, but we still wind up on the couch or the bed half the time.|
|Or when it's cloudy enough outside to see our computer screens, we go out there.|
|We also have a bench.|
Hope you're able to join us today!
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 Wednesday and will end Monday 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 war 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 is 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 Community Facebook Group. (This is a closed group, so if you're not a member, you can apply to join by clicking here. To get in, you'll need to email goteenwriterscommunity(at)gmail.com)