How Going to War Can Help You Write More

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Are you competitive? Are you a writer? Wouldn’t it be great to write a novel in a month?

I met with my writer’s group last night and we discussed what are goals are for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this November. We like to be accountable to each other. It makes us more effective and productive.

Robin said something like this: “When I feel like I need a kick in the pants I go to war. I participate in Word Wars.”

I had no idea what she was talking about, but it sounded cool because I’m competitive and if competing for words helped me write more, I wanted to sign up. So I researched this idea.

Here’s what Heather Dudley from NaNoWriMo wrote at the NaNo forum:

If you’re on Twitter, you should be following @NaNoWordSprints, the sprinting account run by NaNo staff. 

As we grow ever closer to NaNoWriMo, you may be wondering: what exactly IS a word sprint? It’s a lot of things, in a lot of places, but today I’m talking specifically about the @NaNoWordSprints account on Twitter.

Twitter word sprints are timed challenges where the sprint leader, tweeting from @NaNoWordSprints, will offer you a set amount of time in which you write as much as humanly possible. Sprints can range anywhere from 5-60 minutes, and often sprint leaders (made up of staff and volunteers around the world) will offer a challenge or a dare to help you when you’re stuck. 

Sprint leaders will warn you when a sprint is imminent, let you know when a sprint starts, and stop you when it’s over. They’ll offer encouragement, challenges, and a great sense of virtual community. You’ll be amazed how much you can write during a sprint, and many of our followers have credited @NaNoWordSprints with their ability to finish their novels. 

Sprints do not run 24 hours a day, but we do try to offer as much coverage as possible to account for time zone variances. 

Still a little confused? It’ll all start to make sense when November rolls around and the sprints start tweeting! Join us, and enjoy the guaranteed word count boost.

To view the NaNoWriMo Forum posts on WORD WARS click HERE.

If you’re looking for awesome suggestions on WORD WAR COMPETITIONS check out Hillary DePlano in this post.

Good luck on reaching your goals for NaNo this year!

Have you gone to war for words? How has it helped you?

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