Friday, July 21, 2017

July 2017 Word War: Day Five

Shannon here! And I've come to tell you that the end has come!

Day Five of our July 2017 Word War is here and I hope you take full advantage of it, because I'm so failing this time. My 8yo's been sick and today my mother-in-law comes into town and I totally forgot. While you're all writing away, I'll be scrubbing toilets and praying she gets stuck in traffic.

But you? You knew this day was coming and you're ready to take your story by the horns and wrestle it to the ground. Or at least shovel a bunch of words into the sandbox. Have you heard that quote? The one by Shannon Hale. It's one of my absolute favorite quotes about drafting and I think it applies beautifully to all of you word warriors today.


Isn't it just the best quote about drafting? Especially for those days where you feel like you're just dumping all your thoughts on the page. I love it and hope it provides you with a little inspiration as you push to the finish line of this week's Word War.
What's a word war? 

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. Sometimes these are also referred to as "word sprints."

How does it work?

Write as much as you're able to today, and when you're done, leave a comment in this post about how the day went. You can share how many words you wrote, stumbling blocks, a favorite line you wrote, whatever you want!

You can also start mini word wars in the comments section of this blog, or on the Go Teen Writers Community Facebook group. (If you apply to join, leave me a comment on the blog so I can get you approved.)

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 write. Hopefully you'll be meeting new writers and deepening friendships as the war goes on!

How long does it last?
This word war began on Monday and will end tonight. It's a come-and-go, write-when-you-can style of war, so it's never too late to join, and you don't have to participate every day. 

How is your word war going? Share in the comments.

28 comments:

  1. Getting ready to do some writing right now. I'll post later what my word count was for the day and the grand total for the week. I will be busy for a lot of the day and won't be able to war. Good luck today to everyone. Hopefully we all have productive writing days. :)
    God bless y'all.

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    1. Good luck, Ivie! Good luck everyone!

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    2. Thank you! Good luck to you, too. I hope your 8-yr-old feels better soon. And hopefully you can enjoy the family time. God bless you! <3

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    3. A week-wide word total sounds like a great idea, Ivie! I think I'll join you on that. Good luck today, and good luck to you dealing with Life instead of all this fun writing, Mrs. Dittemore!

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    4. @Olivia: Thank you. Good luck to you on that. I think we all are productive in our own ways. Even if we only got one word done this week, that's one more word that last week. One more thought than we had before. :)

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  2. That's a great quote! Good luck cleaning, Shannon, and for your sake I pray you get a few precious moments with your characters today!

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  3. Thanks to the word war, I finished my first draft this week! Yay! Loved writing with you guys :)

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    1. Congratulations, Mrs. Morrill!

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    2. Congratulations! That's so exciting. <3

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    3. Yay! Good for you! I know that thrilling feeling. :)

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  4. I'm in the editing phase with my WIP so I didn't think I'd participate much this week, but I realized I needed an entirely new prologue and the word wars were the perfect initiative! It wasn't a very long prologue, so I'm done for the day at 387 words. Still, I'm glad I finally got around to actually doing it! :)
    ~J

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  5. Does anyone want to war from 10:30 Pacific (in other words, now) to 11:00 Pacific Time?

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  6. Anyone up for a word war from :25 to :40?

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  7. I lost my place holder for when I began this week, but today I got in 3,986 words for far and I plan to get more in later to reach 4,000. I know I have to be close to 8,000 this week. I got many chapters down and the first draft will hopefully be done soon. The wars were fun. Thanks, y'all.

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    1. What?!?! Are you serious? Congrats! It's so exciting to hear about you all finishing your first drafts. It's such a great feeling.
      I'm so excited for you!!!
      God Bless! <3

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  8. Anyone want to word war with me for an hour? I'm on central time.
    - Book Dragon

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  9. This is unrelated to the post, but will we be having any more contests this year? Just wondering :)
    ~Mila

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  10. 1544 words today!
    6656 total written this week! And 6839 words cut from Draft 4!
    Thanks for the motivation guys! I hope you all got a lot done and as pleased with yourselves as I am. :) Looking forward to another Word War with you all!
    Hannah K
    parisoflondon.com

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  11. I just applied to join the FB group! So sad to have missed the word war this week, but I'm currently planning the second draft of my last novel!

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  12. I've done 3622 words total. A little slow, but it's been a busy week in other regards. My biggest day was Tuesday--1683 words! It's been fun, and I'm hoping to get even more done soon. Thanks for that quote, too!

    ~ Gracelyn

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  13. Darn. I missed it.
    Please tell me that you'll have another one really soon! It helps to get things done. ;)
    Wow, you all have done so well!
    Wow, Congrats Mrs. Morrill! I'm sure you're very proud.
    Great job, you all! I'm sad I missed this week, and my writing isn't the best right now....(I'm restarting completely and want to start something that will last for me) *sigh*.
    Any ideas on how to think up a story and stick to it?????? Any help would be great, friends. :)
    God Bless you all. I'm praying for you guys. <3

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