Word Wars and Writing

I’ve been asked — “what is  a Word War?” So I thought I’d talk about that today — it does not mean what you might think it means.

In my writing group, a Word War is a 15 minute spurt of writing. At a pre-determined time, whether we writers are meeting in a group at a local establishment, an author’s home, or online via FB or a Nano chat room, Word Warriors write as much as they can on any topic they wish — for 15 minutes.

At the end, time is called, and warriors can report how many words they wrote. In some groups, writers feel moved to share short tidbits of something they are especially proud of — or something that they need help fixing.

For example, I love to write dialogue. I can hear it. The characters literally speak to me and I just have to write or type fast enough to keep up with them. But my characters are also snarky. A lot of things they think are in their heads — and I write it down because I expect the reader to be thinking that way, too. Sometimes I need to cut out the thinking, or put it differently. It’s a tough call.

So, if you learn nothing else from me today (LOL), a Word War is not the same as a War of Words when writers are talking about it. It’s a fun exercise to write daily. I hope you’ll try it, and I hope you’ll share your words with me.

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