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Word War Adventures: Time to Catch Up


I’ve blogged about word wars before in my post Battle of Words: Word Wars. This time, I’ll mention it again, because these wars are helpful in racking up a major word count and finishing projects.

Word Wars

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As some of you know, I hadn’t touched my novel in a good three or four weeks. Finally, I decided to bite the bullet and change that as my deadline looms ahead.

Just last night, after a couple of word wars with my friend Elisa, I ended with 2,400 words added to my novel. As you’ll see in the nifty progress bar on the right of my page, that helped me jump quite a bit closer to my goal.

With word wars planned all the way ’till Friday, I expect to catch up and end with some major words to deal with. The end is so close, I can taste it. I put one scene behind me; one scene that held me back and kept me away from the upcoming final climax. Now, just a little more separates me from it. Just a few more scenes and the final battle will erupt in a flurry of swords and magic and other amazing things that will light up the pages.

After that, it’s a straight stretch to the finish.

With the help of these word wars, both Elisa and I near the end of our projects. Together, we will carry out our goals. Together, the end is nigh.

We will both make our deadlines.

What are your best ways to keep yourself writing?

Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, reader, gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

6 thoughts on “Word War Adventures: Time to Catch Up

  1. Heck yes we’ll make our deadlines! =D

  2. It’s super exciting that this works so well for you both! Congratulations on all the hard work, and good luck getting to the end! Hooray!


  3. Natasha- I would love to hear about how you approached your publisher! I’ve read so much on the internet and have drafted letters- but the publisher lists are SOOOOOO long I have no idea where to start! I love the word war concept!

    • I don’t actually have a publisher! My collection of short stories was self-published and I might continue that path.
      I would suggest looking through other books those publishers have published. If there are things similar to your book – same genre, target audience, etc – then I would try them out. Don’t submit to places that don’t seem to accept your genre. 🙂

      The word war concept is great!

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