Thursday, July 20, 2017

July 2017 Word War: Day Four

It's day FOUR of our word war, and I'm still cutting words. On Wednesday I cut 4216. That was a whole chapter and a half.

Ouch.

I'm currently on chapter 14 of 91 chapters. And I'm now at 181,291. (I started at 194,000.)

Not bad. Shockingly, I'm on track for success. I really didn't think I could cut that many words. But I'm set on proving to myself that I can. And the story will be so much tighter and better from having done so.

But still painful.

So set a goal and work hard toward it. If I can do it, so can you!





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 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.

32 comments:

  1. I can't imagine what it would be like to have to cut that many words from a novel *shudders*. YOU CAN DO IT, JILL! I can't wait to see what the finished product looks like :D.

    ~ Savannah | Scattered Scribblings

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    1. Thanks, Savannah! Yeah, it's frustrating, especially when I think how many hours I put into writing all that I'm cutting. I just have to tell myself it was all discovery writing and that it was important. Otherwise... wah!

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    2. I feel your pain! Although most of the stuff I have to cut is my endless first draft rambling. :P I'm working on minimizing my style so I won't have to do that as much. But still--cutting is hard! Good job so far, Jill! I'm glad you're being so successful!

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  2. Would any one like to war with me?
    - Book Dragon

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    1. I can war for about thirty minutes starting now if you'd like. :)

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    2. Sounds good. So check back in about 11:20 central time?
      - Book Dragon

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    3. 823, but I had to step away from the computer for a moment.

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    4. I am not quite sure. Give me a moment to type everything up. (I don't fell like counting every single word.)
      - Book Dragon

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    5. No problem. If you need a word counter, I know one that's online. I use it since the wordpad on my computer doesn't have a word counter.
      Its http://www.wordcounter.us/

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    6. I'm done. Drum role please. And I wrote a measly 196 words. Tada. Good job Ivie. It was nice warring with you.
      - Book Dragon
      ps. Aren't you writing historical fiction?

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    7. Nope. I'm writing Dystopian. Hi-fi isn't my thing. I think you might be thinking of someone else. You still did an amazing job. Thank you for hosting the war. It was fun warring with you, too. Great job. :)
      ps. What genre are you writing?

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    8. I guess I was thinking of someone else. Anyway... I guess I write fantasy. Unless fairytales are their own genre. I want to write science fiction sometime too.
      - Book Dragon

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    9. That's cool. I think Fairy tales are considered fantasy. Sci-fi is probably pretty cool to write. All the storyworld building and all the things you get to create. That sounds awesome. :D

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  3. I am setting aside 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time today to write. Does anyone want to war with me for part or all of that time? I'd love the company!

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    1. I sooo want to, but I don't think I'd be able to. Maybe at some point I can hop in. You know what? I might be able to go a fifteen minute sprint starting at 11:00 Pacific (1:00 Central for me). Then I have to get some lunch.
      :)

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    2. A fifteen-minute sprint sounds perfect! Let's do that.

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    3. Okay. I'm getting my stuff set up. Talk to you in about sixteen minutes. Good luck. :D

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    4. Good luck to you as well!

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    5. Okay, I got 636 words in. What about you?

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    6. That's great! I don't think I've ever gotten over 500 in fifteen minutes.
      I got 406 words. It's not my best work, but as long as they're on the page, I'm happy! Thank you for warring with me, Ivie!

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    7. Thank you for hosting it! That was fun. You did an amazing job. :D

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  4. Anyone able to war in the next thirty minutes?

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    1. I can do a quick one, if you'll be here from :40-:50 ;)

      ~ Savannah | Scattered Scribblings

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    2. Missed it. Well, hopefully y'all got done what you wanted. These word wars are fun. :)

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  5. 519 words today. Hurray for consistency!
    - Book Dragons

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  6. Wrote 343 words and cut 3145. :-)
    I feel your pain, Jill!

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