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Thu Aug 25, 2011, 6:46 PM

What is a Word War?


It's a friendly competition to see who can write the most in a set period of time. This can be over the course of a month with daily interval updates, or over the course of a few minutes with instant results.

In a chatroom setting the game is fast paced fun with the timer set to a few minutes and participants compete in several rounds. Speed writing is key!


Instructions


This is the standard way the Chat Tour hosts a Word War. If you are hosting your own Word War game you can modify these rules and timers for your own purpose, but be sure to inform all participants of the variations before you start!

Step by Step Instructions:


1. The host will tell everyone to prepare for the round, and allow a minute or two for participants to open their word processor of choice.

2. The host will set a 15 minute timer.

3. The host will tell everyone to 'Start!' in the chatroom and start the timer.

4. Participants will write as much as they can, as fast as they can, in their word processors.

5. Once the time is up, the host will tell everyone to  'Stop!' in the chatroom. Everyone must stop writing that instant!

6. Participants will post their total word count for the current round according to their word processor. (That means no previous rounds or additional words are to be included in the count.)

7. The host will record all the posted numbers.

8. The steps are repeated for the following rounds until the game is over.


:trophy: Winning  :trophy:


The participant who writes the most that round will be the Round Winner, but the host records the numbers from every round.

The participant who writes the most words in total will be declared the Game Winner! :winner:


Game Tips


If you've never played in a Word War you'll find competition can be stiff, but that's okay because there are ways to complete even your first time out.

:bulletblue: Avoid distractions.
Turns off the television, put your phone on silent, tell your loved ones you need a few minutes of quiet time, or anything else you need to do. If it pulls you away from your writing you should avoid it for the 15 minute intervals. You will notice a positive difference in your word count.

:bulletblue: Keep writing! No matter what.
Notice a typing error as you pound away on your keyboard? Ignore it. Spelling, grammar, punctuation, or any other type of error can be ignored. You can fix them later, but right now you're competing!

:bulletblue: Don't get stuck.
These come in many forms, but most can be solved with a  trusty symbol of choice. I like to use the @ symbol for easy 'Find & Replace' later, but any not used in regular writing will suffice.

How does it work? Whenever you're stuck you simply put in the symbol with a note. For instance if you forgot a character's last name you'd type in:  Mr. LastName. Later you can search for the @ symbol and correct the name, but for now you can continue your speed writing unhindered!

This works for anything you forget or hadn't planned, including but not limited to:  names, descriptions, information, or even whole scenes you need to skip over!

I found this tip in an online writing article years back, and I wish still had it so I could link it to you. It was very helpful. It's great for all writing, not just timed.

:bulletblue: Plan your scenes.
Before attending a Word War plan out which scenes you intend to write. Jot down some notes for easy referencing throughout the event. This will avoid the panic if you forget what you're working on or finish a scene and don't know what to work on after.

:bulletblue: Write your trouble areas beforehand.
I don't mean cheat and include them in your word count! I do mean if you have trouble starting scenes, then before the event write the tough first couple paragraphs. Then you can write the easy parts during the event.

Again, I don't mean include previously written parts in your word count, only that you should write parts you have trouble with when you're not being timed. This will let you write the easier (faster!) portions in the competition.


Quality vs Quantity


While they're great fun, Word Wars are not designed to help you write a great draft. There are two important things to remember however!

:bulletgreen: A terrible draft is better than no draft.
If you weren't going to do any writing, then what's the harm? Go for it and see what happens!

:bulletgreen: No one says you have to play to win.
Instead of rushing to write whatever pops into your head, you can take your time to consider quality. You probably won't win, but the writing is worth it.


Frequently Asked Questions


:bulletblue: Do I have to write something in particular, like a prompt?
You can write whatever you want during the game. If you need to you can work on a school paper, prompt, novel, contest entry, or pick something random in the moment. It is completely up to you unless otherwise noted by the game host.

:bulletblue: Am I required to post what I wrote?
Nope. In fact we ask that you don't post in the chatroom since it will flood the room and hinder chatting.

:bulletblue: Can I post what I wrote somewhere else, like my gallery?
Sure, if you'd like! It's your writing and you can do what you want with it. We do suggest you edit first since the writing will be a rough draft and filled with typing errors!

:bulletblue: Do you check to see if people are cheating?
Nope because cheaters could cheat the check too. Cheaters in friendly games are sad individuals and not worth honesty check efforts.

:bulletblue: Can't players just lie about how much they wrote then?
They could, but lying about a word count won't benefit them. :no: We don't offer prizes for winning, only for participating. Lying would only shame themselves.

:bulletblue: How are prizes handled?
The Chat Tour gives out their prizes randomly based on participation. If you play a round you are eligible for a prize. Host groups vary and may distribute additional prizes as they see fit, but those details will be given before the game begins.

:bulletblue: What if I don't have a word processor?
Try OpenOffice or Google Docs. Both are free and have word count features.

:bulletblue: How do I check my word count?
Software varies. Usually it's under the 'Tools' menu, but you can look in your Help files or search google for an in depth answer for your particular software.


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TiaTitan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love to do a Word War one day. So...from what I understand, you can type about anything at all? We aren't given a prompt for the Word War, we're just given a time limit?
Prompt or no prompt, this sounds fun :)
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thorns Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012   Writer
You should because they're fun! :la: That is correct. You can write anything you'd like and we don't require a prompt. You're more than welcome to find your own prompts for inspiration though.
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TiaTitan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, sounds fun :)
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Selimeia Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love word wars, I know them thorugh Nanowrimo, they really work well :)
However, my net has had quite some problems with the chat until now... Is there any way around that?
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thorns Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012   Writer
Try the help and FAQ at the bottom of the page. :) If your answer isn't there, try the dA help channels and such. Sorry I'm not more helpful on this. Troubleshooting isn't my strong point.
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Selimeia Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ok, I'll just do that. Thanks :)
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WindScimitars Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Looks very exciting :D I hope to join the next Word Wars, if there any currently available.
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thorns Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012   Writer
Next one is on Sunday! :la:
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WindScimitars Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Great! Hope to be there :)
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Dazed--Flame Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So, in this game, you need to write random words, or produce a coherent text consisting of words that are not repeated? Or they can repeat? O.O
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thorns Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012   Writer
Okay, technically you're supposed to write something coherent. However, no one is checking your work. If you want to write the same word 500 times in 15 minutes, no one is going to stop you. You'll just be wasting your time though. The point of the game is to nudge you to work on a writing project you have. It can be any project you want, even homework.

Hope that answers your question. :)
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Dazed--Flame Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I see, thank you. ^^ I shall try to make the text as coherent as can be xD
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Selimeia Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You need to write a TEXT. It's about creating something that belongs together, a story, an essay, whatever.
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Dazed--Flame Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, but can the words in it repeat or not?
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Selimeia Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Of course they can :)
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VicariouSoul Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Writer
So if you don't suggest we post in the chat room, you expect us to write whatever (anything) in the given time and post it in our galleries? Mind you, it takes time to submit something too. I don't know, this competition sounds like it has a lot of loopholes for a ton of room to cheat. People do I am sure. Someone can at any time before the contest starts, write a bunch of stuff in their word processor, save it, and when it comes time to play out the competition, all they'll have to do is Copy & Paste what they wrote.

I probably won't be participating because of this. I mean, yeah, a competition is fun too but really, almost everyone's in it to win it via the prizes as they can use them.
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thorns Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012   Writer
No, we don't expect you to post anywhere. For the reasons you outlined, plus many others, we don't check for cheating because there is no way to truly be certain. Because of this we don't offer prizes for winning.

It's a friendly competition and cheating doesn't hurt or benefit anyone. If someone wants to claim they wrote more than they did, it's just silly and pointless. :roll:

We do offer prizes for participating, which are random drawings that don't take word counts into consideration. (Think drawing names out of a hat.)

I think maybe you're thinking about it too hard. When the Chat Tour stops a bunch of writers get together, socialize, have fun, use the excuse to work on some writing projects, learn a little about one of the lit community's groups, and have a chance at prizes. It's just a couple hours of fun and friendly competition. A lot of people don't even go for prizes. They attend to have fun and chat with a bunch of other writers.

I do hope you'll take the time to check out the event and see how easy going everyone is. There's a lot of great people and groups out there and everyone is welcome. The more the merrier! :la:
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VicariouSoul Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Writer
Well then this Journal that outlines this 'Word Wars' event is a contradiction at best. In the beginning of the introduction it starts out saying how competitive or how hard competition can be, but it's not until you go down to the 'Frequently Asked Questions' section it says quote "We don't offer prizes for winning, only for participating. Lying would only shame themselves." end quote

It's competition without a drive or purpose, for lack of a better way of putting it is not competition or very competitive granted what you said about prizes being given for participating. If this is supposed to be more for fun than competitive it is poorly outlined in the introduction.
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thorns Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012   Writer
Thorny coconuts are known for their poor outlines. It's a terrible genetic handicap. :nuu:

Serious reply: I think I see what you're saying with the explanation. Hopefully I can clear that up with the following:

This blog is informational for the game in general terms and in the Chat Tour. I don't own Word Wars and there are many variations of the game, some more competitive than others. The goal is to let people know how to play, and give tips to play better which doubles as tips for writing faster. Really, the Chat Tour has quite a few goals all rolled into the event and I try to touch on those.

It's also meant to include everyone. We have some people who are competitive about it, and other people who attend for different reasons. It really is what you'd like it to be. People who want to compete play hard. People who don't take it easy.

There is no way to cater to each individual 100% and the event is open to everyone who would like to attend. I do hope you'll give it a shot and join us for a stop to see what it's like in action.

If not, you may enjoy word warring in private with a few friends. It's easy enough to change the rules to suit your needs.



thorns :heart:
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VicariouSoul Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Writer
This sounds more better and clarifies things a bit more now! Thank You for not getting outraged over my constructive criticism (it happens to me a lot). I felt it needed to be addressed. An introduction should always come clear and be to the point as not everyone is going to read the entire Journal down to the part I quoted from the 'Frequently Asked' questions section. It was a 'fine print' kind of thing and I'm glad you fixed this or are fixing it.



Thank You
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thorns Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012   Writer
I'll probably make some edits to it next week or so. :salute: I can't promise you'll be 100% satisfied, but I'll try to be more balanced with my explanations.

I'm not sure if you're looking for advice on the feedback topic, but I'll go out on a limb and offer some. You can take it or leave it, no worries.

You do come on a little strong, which can take some time to process when it's unexpected. It may help to offer some positive comments along with your critical ones. That tends to soften the tone and let the author know you come in peace. That, in turn, eases the atmosphere and will make the author feel less defensive which reduces the chance they'll respond in anger. :)

Just my two cents though. :twocents:
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VicariouSoul Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Writer
There is a quote I wrote some time ago and goes, "It is better to tell a truth and hurt a little than a lie to hurt a lot."

There's always good in every seemingly negative. I say 'seemingly negative' because I was slightly misjudged. There is positive in me, and that's in being optimistic that others will improve through my criticism, even if they don't agree. Perhaps later on down the road they'll thank me. This has happened.

I admit I do come off a little strong but it's in my nature. But really I'm calm as a bird without a wink of grimace behind my screen or those I talk to. I don't like to sugarcoat things. Doing that is pretentious and has more a backfire when you seem to be faking kindness. It then becomes obvious. A lot of people get the personality of being straightforward and to the point (which I am) confused with a personality that's always stand-offish, raises Cain via always fuming, or is always negative.

I apologize if I have come off brash. It is never in my intent.
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Bast-et Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student General Artist
this sounds pretty epic- where do we go to find times that the games will be held?
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thorns Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012   Writer
You can check out the links at the top of the blog. One says 'Chat Tour Schedule' which is where the next stops are posted. Or you can click this link: [link]
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tygeraddict Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm so excited for the tWR one! I hope to see you there!
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thorns Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012   Writer
You will! :eyes:
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tygeraddict Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I am slightly scared now...
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thorns Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012   Writer
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tygeraddict Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Uh-oh...
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thorns Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012   Writer
Let's play chase! :iconrunsiesplz:
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tygeraddict Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Can I be the blue thing? You can be the :la:
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thorns Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012   Writer
:iconwhutplz:

Maybe. Only if you don't tell anyone about it. :paranoid:
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ScreamingTc Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
I wish I had the time to join in, but I've got some courswork due in in three days time. :( I'll try to make sure I have free time for the next time it's on.
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thorns Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012   Writer
Aww, that's a bummer. I do hope you can make one soon. And you can always work on your homework during the rounds. If it has words, it'll count. :heart:
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ScreamingTc Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Hahahaha, I'm not sure my tutor will appreciate that considering I have word limits. I'm studying a science module, so we're limited to 80-140 words, and they need to be those precise kind of words that science likes.
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thorns Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Writer
I could see how that'd be an issue. :giggle:
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BebePanda401 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Student Writer
This looks awesome, but I have a few questions. Can you write for a category (say anime) or can you make it up or both? And can wordpad be used as well?
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thorns Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012   Writer
You can write anything you'd like as long as it's words! You can use any word processor you'd like, but you will need to tel us your total word count so it helps to use software that has that tool. :)
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BebePanda401 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Writer
Awesome! Although, I don't think it has a tool for that, I'll have to see if I can get Word up and running again. But thanks either way! (P.S I love your avatar :D)
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thorns Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012   Writer
You could try OpenOffice.org or [link] or search for a word counter that you can just paste your text in for that purpose. :)

It's another free one on dA! (You can find a link in my signature.) It's also an awesome plz account you can use to terrorize all your friends. :dummy:

Type :iconrunsiesplz: for :iconrunsiesplz:
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BebePanda401 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Writer
Thank-you for the advice :)

Haha, I'll be scaring my friends plenty for sure on this one :iconmwahahaplz:
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lorreinegeralde Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly amazing with a brilliant idea! :la:
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thorns Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012   Writer
Thank you, but word wars isn't my idea. I just drag it along to lit groups on dA. :heart:
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lorreinegeralde Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is okay. It sounds interesting so I hope that more people will participate it. I would like to join it too but I am very busy with my school days. :(
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ChibiDomo Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
So you dont have to be a member of the group to participate?
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thorns Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011   Writer
Correct, you don't have to be a member, but they're worth checking out. Everyone is welcome regardless! :la:
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Puppy-eater Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Student General Artist
This is a fantastic idea, and I would love to mooch it off of you and start doing these in my group, :iconwe-write-fantasy:.
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thorns Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011   Writer
Oh, oh, can I come too?

:la: It's a game so anyone can play, but feel free to link to my instructions and stuff. Just drop me a link to your announcement so I can check it out too.

You could also send a request to sign up for a stop on the Chat Tour. It comes with a 3 month premium membership prize standard. :eyes:
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Puppy-eater Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Note sent! :salute:
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thorns Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011   Writer
Yay! I have put it in my official folder and will review the requests when I contact the next group. :eager:
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