Monday, June 13, 2016

Day One of the June Word War

Hey, writers! Stephanie here. This week on the blog, we're holding a word war.

Is this the first you've heard of a word war? If so, here are the details:

This word war is a friendly competition to motivate participants to write as many words as they can between now and Friday. 

While some word wars are shorter (fifteen minutes or an hour) and strict, this will instead be a come-and-go, write-when-you-can style of war. So start when you want and participate whatever days you can. There are no hard and fast rules. This is about encouraging each other and writing a lot of words. It's that simple.

How you can connect with each other:

1. You can connect in the comments section of the blog. There will be a post every day, and we'd love for you to keep us updated on how the day is going for you. Something as simple as "Just wrote 1,000 words in the last hour!" is fine. Seeing everyone's posts will help to encourage each other in knowing that we're all hard at work.

If you want to break the time into smaller word wars, you can post that in the comments section too. For example, you could arrange a word war from 1:00 to 2:00 with a few people. 

2.You can connect on social media. On Twitter using the hashtag #wordwar or on the Go Teen Writers Community Facebook Group. This is a closed group, so if you're not a member yet, apply to join and then shoot an email to GoTeenWritersCommunity(at)gmail.com telling them so they can get you approved.

Happy writing, everyone!

127 comments:

  1. I'm afraid I don't get it. :(

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    1. Gisela, here's a previous one we hosted. Scroll through the comments and you'll see how the writers engaged with each other :)

      http://goteenwriters.blogspot.com/2014/10/day-1-of-go-teen-writers-word-war.html

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    2. Does that mean whoever writes the most in the chosen time wins? Thanks!

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    3. Gisela, no one really "wins" in the big word war. It's just for encouragement! But if you want to announce winners in the smaller ones, you can always do that.

      http://teensliveforjesus.blogspot.com/

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  2. So we just write ... then we comment how much?

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    1. Yes! The idea is that you'll know lots of others are writing, and it'll give you extra motivation. Also you can cheer each other on through out the day.

      Here's a link to one we did before. If you scroll through the comments, you can see the way the writers organized mini word wars through out the day:

      http://goteenwriters.blogspot.com/2014/10/day-1-of-go-teen-writers-word-war.html

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  3. Anyone open for a war? 10:05 - 10:20?

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    1. Alrighty! Ready ... set ... go! (anyone else can join us, if they'd like :))

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    2. 391! You win, great job! *highfive*

      Here's my last sentence: And suddenly, now that they were safe … Raven was angry. Angry about all the questions Cerulean had never answered, all the secret things he had done and all the help he hadn’t given them when they had needed it most.

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    3. Ooh great job!! That's an awesome sentence! Mine: Oh, how Belle wanted to fly at him; but she didn’t, knowing his strength could kill her in a single movement.

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    4. Now I'm really interested in your story :D. Does it have a title?

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    5. "Happily Never After" :D

      What's yours called?

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    6. Ooo, neat title! Mine is 'Killing Snow' (it's a Snow White retelling).

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    7. Ooooh yours sounds similar to mine! Mine is a fairytale retelling with a prophecy, which combines the fairytale characters!

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  4. What time zone are we going by? I'm a little confused.

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    1. I was going by the time the comments read, which is the time zone I'm in anyways.

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    2. I know that in previous word wars, it really helps to just go by the minutes... You know? Everybody else is in a different time-zone, so saying something like: ":55-:35" helps clear up confusion.

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    3. I still am confused about which time zones. I'm Eastern Time. It's 1:17 now.

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    4. Okay, I'm an hour ahead of the time used on the blog. ☺

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  5. In previous word wars we listed the time like this :55-:05. So it applies to all time zones.

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  6. Anyone up for another war? :40-:55, maybe?

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    1. I got 354, my last sentence was: I needed time to think this over.

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    2. Ooo, I got 350! You just beat me :D. My last sentence was: Everything felt … abandoned. But there was tension in the air.

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  7. Anyone up for another word war? (I know, I know, I've been starting all of them so far, but I'm on a roll :D) :10-:25?

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    1. Yeah I'll join you! (this is my first word war. Now I'm motivated to write.)

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    2. Mine too! Ready to go!!
      -Ariel

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    3. Eh, only 160. I'm not very good with timed writing.

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    4. Only got 173 words. Last line(s) were: This land needed him. The whole damn world needed him, and the world got what it needed. Order. Discipline. Brutal, efficient justice.
      Or what passed for it, anyway.

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    5. I got 698! And this was my last sentence: 'Go on.' Umm...it wasn't quite finished. =) That was fun!!
      -Ariel

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    6. I got 503! Good grief, that was hard :D. My last sentence was: “Yes!” Elyse darted in a different direction, “it’s this way, hurry!”

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    7. Alrighty! I'm ready to roll :).

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    8. Ooh, yay! Ready to go!!! And Savannah, I'm out to get yooouuuu....
      -Ariel

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    9. Can I join in? -Miriam

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    10. This is weird. It got 160 again.

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    11. I got 471, with my last sentence being: And it wasn’t too bad because one we started walking, none of them even seemed to notice me, which was exactly what I wanted. -Miriam

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    12. I got 378! And now I'm tired :D. My last sentence was: Adrenaline pumped through her body and sent chilling shivers down her spine as the door opened and someone walked in.
      It was Snow.

      Great job everyone! I would love to stick around, but I've got things I need to do (like eating :D). See y'all later!

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    13. 229 this time. :) Last line: “Leave at once, Atallhiti! Now!” The old warrior took a step back, surprise crossing his face. “NOW!”

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    14. See you later, Savannah! I'll have to go soon myself. On last time, from :00 to :10?

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    15. Sorry, I actually have to go now as well, but I'll be back later. -Miriam

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  8. I'm diving in here in about five minutes! WRITE ON, homies!

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  9. I'd join now but I have a paper to finish for school.... I'll see what I can do later as my actual identity (CS C). I have no idea why this particular computer makes me "Unknown."

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  10. I'm going to do this starting at 3:30 (6 minutes from now). Anyone want to join? I'll end it at 4:10.

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  11. Anyone wants to try with me? Tell me a time.

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    1. I just started, and I'm going till 4:10. Does that work?

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    2. Ok, 40-00, anyone?

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    3. I got 180. You win! I was handwriting it and had to stop five minutes early lol. :)

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  12. Anyone want to war? 45-05?

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    1. Join if you want

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    2. I got 296

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  13. Anyone up for a word war? :10-:25?

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    1. 719!!! My last sentence was: 'You know, just chat a little.'
      -Ariel

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    2. Great job everyone! I got 402 :). My last sentence was: Raven wrapped her fingers around the metal and it dug into her stinging hands as she desperately clambered higher. The knapsack was heavy on her back, threatening to drag her down to her awaiting doom below.

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    3. I got 205
      "We will take you to the submarine, a it will take you to your suite. Come".

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  14. Anyone want to war? :40-:55?
    ~Ariel

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    1. I got 778!! Whew, I'm done for today. That was a loooot of writing guys, you all did great!!
      -Ariel

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    2. That's awesome! I got 450 :) This was my first time and it was a lot of fun!

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    3. This was your first time Mary? You did really good! I got 427 :). My last sentence was: Elyse peered through one of the windows, fingers tapping out a nervous rhythm on the windowsill. “Do you think we’re safe now?”

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    4. Yes it was, thank you!! By the way, your last sentence has me completely hooked :)

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    5. Thank you, I'm glad you liked it!

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  15. Does anyone want to war? :00-:15?

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    1. This wasn't my best round, I only got 343 :D. My last sentence was: “Oh, my poor heart,” Elyse moaned, “I think I’m going to die young, Raven, I really do.”

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    2. 740 words written! Whew!
      -Ariel

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    3. Great job! I'll never understand how you write so fast :D.

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  17. As soon as I finish this outline I'll join in. Tomorrow night maybe?

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    1. Sorry, didn't see this immediately. Sure!

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    2. Meh, I got 113, the last sentence being: If the wolves, the Vorliin, or nasom came upon them now, they would be all but doomed.

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    3. So, due to my mother decided to call me in the middle of it, I only got 156 words... Do you have time for another?

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    4. Forgot to put my last sentence: Rik readied himself for a long night, his thoughts turned to starry nights and the songs of crickets.

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    5. Sure! How about :50-:00?

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    6. Ugh, I was really distracted. Only got 111. Last sentence: They sat glumly against the sides of the ravine.

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    7. I got 250 words: “You cannot overcome me!” Diordio cried out as he dove towards Rik.

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    8. Thanks! (really shocked for those who earlier today did over 1,000. *shakes head in amazement*)

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    9. I know, right? I only get 1,000 or more if I'm really on a role or take forever to do it, and even when I am on a role it takes me half an hour or something.

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    1. I got 593! That's pretty good for me :D. My last sentence was: And that was going to be quite a challenge with a mirror on her back.

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    2. I got 397. I wasn't able to finish the last sentence in the time, but this is it completed: Leena looked up to see him crash through the remainder of the roof, glass shattering and flying all over the floor.
      ...... Your story sounds so cool! How was the Beauty and the Beast retelling you did for the contest?

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    3. Thank you, your story sounds really neat too! Does it have a title?

      Oh, you remembered I did that! I didn't know anybody did :D. It went really well (it actually was a Sleeping Beauty story, though :)), even if it is an awful wreak at the moment it was still a really fun story to write! I'll probably work on it some more someday.

      Are you up for another war?

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    1. We can make it longer if you'd like. :)
      ....
      That's cool you got to do it though. I might do it next year, but it has me now writing retellings...Whoops. I think I got them mixed up because the one I'm doing now is a BatB retelling. :) This one is currently called Leena. Not a very wowing title, but it works for now. Do you post your stories on a blog? 'Cause I'd love to read them.

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    2. Alright, does :45-:00 work?

      Ooo, you should! They're really fun :). Yours is a BatB retelling? That's really neat, I've always wanted to try writing one of those!

      I do sometimes, but my blog is private. I'm hoping to get a public one sometime soon though :). I'll let you know if I do!

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    3. I got 504 :). My last sentence was: “No sir.” The assassin lowered his gaze and nodded before darting off in the opposite direction.

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    4. I got 319. Last sentence: Alone in the room, she cried herself to sleep.

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  21. I have to leave in a few, but is anyone up for one last war? :10-:20?

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    1. I'm in. Might as well get a last one in before I go to bed. :)

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    2. 241! My last sentence: Angry enough to shout at Cerulean, no matter how much trouble it would get her in.
      Thanks for warring with me, that was fun!

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    3. 247 that time. My last sentence:“Said that wolves are plentiful in that area.” he said with a strange look before walking away.
      Same! I'm sure we'll have some more before long! :)

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  22. Worked on my story for the first time since March, I think! Praise God!

    http://teensliveforjesus.blogspot.com/

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