All around the writing world, the cry has gone up:
“NaNo is coming! NaNo is coming!”
The same thing happens every year as thousands of writers gear up for the novel-writing challenge that takes place every November. For those of you sitting there with puzzled looks on your faces, wander over to the official National Novel Writing Month site, and bring yourselves up to speed. Got it? Okay.
With the challenge of NaNo approaching, it seems appropriate that the B&B posts leading up to November first should contain some warm-up exercises to limber up the brain. Today’s exercise: the Word War.
I first learned about word wars at the Absolute Write Water Cooler. Folks over there tend to use them to boost word counts and break up writer’s block — two of the main troublemakers during NaNo. Here’s how a war works. First, find another person (or people) who writes. Put your heads together and settle on the amount of time the word war will last. Thirty minutes to an hour is a good length for your first word war. Once you know how long you will write, all you need is the time your war will start.
At the designated time, all participants boot up their computers and write like crazy until time is up, then compare the amount of writing accomplished during the word war. The person who writes the most words during the allotted time is declared the winner.
You aren’t required to share what you’ve written with the other participants, but most people end up exchanging their juiciest or silliest tidbits just for fun.
Give it a try. There’s nothing like a little competition to force you to ignore the internal editor and get the words flowing.
What do you do to get ready for NaNo?