I Declare a Word War

If you’ve been following my blog for a bit, you’ll have noticed I’ve mentioned Word Wars a fair few times. I find them to be a fantastic way to bolster the average amount of words written and it’s a great way to break out of writer’s block.

But What is a Word War?

A Word War or a Word Sprint is when you set a specific amount of time and commit to writing during that entire time. It’s best done with other people and that’s why it’s a perfect companion to NaNoWriMo. You can find the Word Sprint Twitter for NaNoWriMo, join a group of people on the forum attempting a few Word Wars, look at the Facebook group, or just challenge yourself. It’s super easy. There’s no real pressure. And you’d be surprised about how many words you end up writing.

I’m even writing this blog post by setting myself a ten minute timer and seeing how much I can write.

There’s no limit to what you can do with a Word War. You can set five minute intervals where you write intensely during those whole five minutes. Or you can even set up hour long sessions and see how much you get done. I can’t do those ones. I get distracted about half way through. I do best with ten or fifteen minute sprints.

Out of focus image of the word focus provided by Stefan Cosma

I recommend trying out a few different time lengths and see which works best for you. It’s the perfect companion during NaNo. Even when you write alone. You can reward yourself for writing for x amount of minutes or even x amount of words with all that Halloween candy lying around.

Good luck with your second week of NaNoWriMo and I’ll see you out there in the trenches. I am totally not avoiding writing my novel by writing this post. Totally not.

Comment below your best Word War time or just let me know how well the first week of NaNo is going for you. I’d love to hear from you!

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