Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 2017 Word War: Day Two

Jill here. It's day TWO of our August word war.

How goes it?

As I mentioned last month, I'm doing things backwards right now. I'm in the middle of a major rewrite on King's War (Kinsman Chronicles, book three), and I'm cutting words. My editor would like me to cut at least 50,000 words from my 194,000-word story.

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But I've been working very hard, chip-chip-chipping away at this beast. I've cut just over 15,000 words so far and I still have a ways to go. I'm also at the Oregon Christian Writers' Conference this week (early bird class by Michael Hauge and evening keynotes by Frank Peretti!), so I'm sneaking away each day to make sure I get in my WORD-CUT-WAR time.





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 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, and you don't have to participate every day. 

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

109 comments:

  1. Sounds intense to have to cut that many words. That has to be hard. Good luck with reaching your goal, Mrs. Williamson. :D

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  2. Anyone want to war from :50-00?
    -Emma-

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    1. I warred myself and wrote 305 words. :)
      -Emma-

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    2. I'm sorry, I've been researching. I would have warred you though, if I could have. :) Good job on 305 words!

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    3. No problem! Maybe next time. Thank you! :)
      -Emma-

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    4. @Emma, I war with myself a lot, too. I find it helps keep me productive. Great job! :D

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    5. Emma: You're welcome. :) I need to war myself because I'm sure I would get a lot done that way.

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    6. Ivie- Thanks! Yeah, I like to war with other people most, but if I can't, I'll war against myself. ;)
      LHE- Yeah! Whenever I war, I get lots done usually...I wanna war more today. :) And good luck on your researching!
      -Emma-

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    7. Emma: I need to try that. lol
      Thanks! I finished up for the day and wrote some. I went past my goal, but I will probably write more later. :)

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  3. I feel for you! I'd hate to have to cut some words.
    I'm doing a lot of research, so that'll take up some time...*sobs* I want my book to be very realistic. What I'm researching is so complicate though; it drives me nuts. lol
    I wish you all the best of luck and I hop your WIP's are going well for you.
    God Bless!

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  4. Wow. Cutting 50k words, Mrs. Williamson? That sounds difficult, good luck on it!
    Yesterday I only made it to 526 words, then I became thoroughly distracted by some questions I suddenly needed to find the answers to.
    Now today I'm going to sit down and ignore all distractions as best as I can...We'll see how well that goes.

    Best of luck to everyone on their projects!

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  5. Word war from :50-:00 anyone? :)
    -Emma-

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    1. Not the best war...289 words. But I'll take whatever I can get. ;)
      -Emma-

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    1. I wrote 478 words! :)
      -Emma-

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    2. I wrote 330! You beat me. lol
      Good job! I got a lot done and I enjoyed it. ;)

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    3. Ooh, nice! Do you wanna go again? :)
      -Emma-

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    4. I'll do one in a bit if you are still interested

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    5. Sure! Maybe :00-:15?
      -Emma-

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    6. Emma: Thanks! Yes, I'd love to. :) How about :00-:30?

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    7. That sounds good to me, LHE! :)

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    8. Oh, I didn't see that. lol

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    9. I need to take a shower it will take me 5 minutes

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    10. Oh, lol. Darn. i'm always commenting at the wrong times. xD
      Thanks for warring with me. :)

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    11. We could do maybe :10-:30?

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    12. * how bout . I just got out of the shower and am ready

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    13. Emma: Oops, I didn't see your comment! I'm so sorry! I had gotten 442. lol

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    14. In the past forty minutes I've written 805 words...I was confused as to if I was warring with anyone, so I just wrote... ;)
      -Emma-

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    15. if anyone is still interested

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    16. I'm done writing now for the time being. Sorry! :)
      -Emma-

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    17. Ok. It's bout time for dinner anyways

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    18. Emma: Wow, that's great! Sorry, i hadn't seen your comment. lol

      Evan: I'm sorry! I'm finished for right now as well, but maybe tomorrow?

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  7. -waves- anyone care to ww from :15-30??

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    1. Yayy! I'll start in seven minutes, then. Hopefully I can wrap up my blog post in that time and move onto my story xp

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    2. I'll join in if I can!

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    3. Post ready when you are ready

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    1. From :15-30, which would be fifteen minutes :)

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    2. I wrote 750 words. My last sentence was "There are still only three of us." :)

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    3. A little more than 250 words.

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  10. Does anyone want to WW with me from :02—:30??

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    1. I decided I wanted to get more accomplished tonight. :)

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    2. How about :05-:30? ;)
      -Emma-

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    3. I wrote 719 words in that time slot! My last sentence was- They had seen her potential, but had they foreseen her failure?
      :)

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    4. I'm sorry i didn't see this! in my time slot, I wrote 410 words. I might have been able to do more, but I had to do some research to figure out a word in Hebrew. (I hadn't figured it out. lol)
      Great job! You're doing great tonight! I didn't get to finish the sentence i was writing. haha
      Oh, that sentence intrigues me. I'd love to read more; you've hooked me. lol

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    5. No problem. :) That's pretty good, research is important! ;)
      Ooh, I always finish my sentence before I turn in my word count...I guess that's just how I work. XD
      Aw, thank you! Do you wanna do another ww?

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    6. Do you want to have another go? No pressure if you don't want to because I can always war myself, but it's always fun to war others as well. :) *Only if you're up to it*

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    7. Yeah! Let's do it! How about :40-:00?

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    8. Oh, I didn't see your other comment. i'd love to!
      Research is important. What I'm writing can become easily offensive (different religions in one books. eek), so I need to be careful. ;)

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    9. 752 words, and my last sentence was- "When the council has its meeting tonight, I'm going to be there."

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    10. I didn't do the best, but I got 264 words. Great job! You write quickly. :)

      My last sentence was: I felt a peace that calmed my spirit and knew that God's hand had never left my shoulder.

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    11. That's still good! I guess I do when what I'm writing is exciting. ;)
      Ooh, cool! I like that. :)
      -Emma-

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    12. Thank you! I'm writing something that includes a lot of a different culture, so I'm trying to do my best. lol
      I'm glad you're doing so well.
      Thanks, I'm feeling proud. I've written more today than I have for so long! I'm so glad word wars exist. :)

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    13. Oh, yeah...that must be hard!
      So have I! I've not been wanting to write for the past month or more and now I've suddenly written like thousands of words...? XD

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    14. It's difficult, but I feel like this is something God wants me to write, so I know he'll help me along. :)
      Me as well! it's so weird. i pass writers block and get into writer's rut, then this WW comes along, and I'm writing so much. I'm lovin' it! ;)

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    15. Oh, that's good! I hope that it goes well for you. :)
      Exactly! I need to ride this for as long as I can! I have to finish this draft before NaNoWriMo! XD
      -Emma-

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    16. Thank you! I pray it does as well. :)
      I hope you reach your goal! I hear Camp NaNo can be quite stressful. ;)

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  11. 5025 words today! Whoo! I may possibly die.

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    1. Great job! I haven't gotten that much, but I hope to. :)

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    2. 5025 words, that's incredible! =)

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  12. I'm here to war for the rest of the night! Quite literally.

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    1. Do you want to war from :15-:25? :)
      -Emma-

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    2. Anyone want to war from :27—45? Or :27—:50?

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    3. I wrote 624 words, and my last sentence was- Why did she feel so uncomfortable when she was still technically the leader?

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    4. Oh you beat me by ten words! ;D

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    5. Wow, so close! ;D My favorite sentence (the last one was a little weird lol) was -- I remain silent when I realize he's just described all the popular girls in the school.

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    6. Do you wanna go again? :)

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    7. I stuck with my own time because I hadn't seen your comment. I got 458 words down. Better then my last one, but you guys still beat me by almost a couple hundred. lol
      Here is my last sentence: I have answered and received my death sentence from the world, but have also received eternal life from my savior.

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    8. Nice! And sure! How about :05-:15?

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    9. Thanks! :)
      Do you mind if I join?

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    10. Yeah, totally join! The more the merrier! :)

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    11. Thanks! This is really helping me! :)

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    12. 461 words, and my last sentence- She grinned back.
      Not very exciting. ;)

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    13. 448 -- so close again! Good job ;) My last sentence was "Why has the person who's been so cruel to me suddenly so kind?"

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    14. Darn. I only got 189 words down, but hey, I've gotten so much done today, i'm happy with anything. :)
      You guys are doing awesome! lol

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    15. You're doing awesome, too! Everyone has a different pace and I have a feeling you have to do lots of research. ;)
      Thanks for warring everyone! :D

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    16. Thanks! I do. It's so frustrating because at times when I see the link to exactly what i need, it's Wikipedia and it's not always correct. That doesn't happen all the time, but researching can be a bother in itself. lol
      You're welcome, and thanks for letting me war with you. :D

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  13. Well, I got 2288 words down today. I'm happy with that, hopefully tomorrow will be another good day. Ah, this word war is definitely helping my progress!

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    1. Great job! I hope tomorrow is another good day for me as well. I'm happy with my progress! :D

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  14. I got 2,863 words in today!! I'm so jazzed. I think I'm done for tonight...
    How about you guys?
    God bless!

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  15. All the wars today reached me to a grand total of 5,362 words! :D
    -Emma-

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  16. Ending the night with 9853. :D

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    1. HOLY MOLY THATS CRAZY AWESOME! Congratulations, Josie! :D
      -Emma-

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    2. I gasped when I saw your comment! lol *still catching breath*
      Awesome job!
      Every one of you on GTW have done an amazing job so far this week. You guys are talented people! :)
      God Bless you all!

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    3. HOLY BISCUITS AND GRAVY THAT'S A LOT OF WORDS.

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    4. Josie: You're welcome! :)

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