Noun; when two or more people compete to write the most in a time limit.
Okay, let's be straight - at times you will NOT want to write whatsoever, am I right? Don't deny it because I know you feel the same too! . . . Or I think you do. But Jess and I have devised a rushing, frantic yet brilliant method for overcoming procrastination and being determined to win – while having fun and doing it with people who you like or who share similar interests.
Anyway, back in the summer holidays, many were preparing for NANO and somehow, in some way, Jess and I decided to have a Writing War [I was an IDIOT for signing up to it] and a lot of my friends heard me complaining constantly due to my constant losing to Jess (which isn’t happening anymore. I’ve proved you ALL wrong! . . . sort of.)
And, we followed these rules in the definition at the top and we began. The idea behind it was to write as much as we could and we'd update each other as we went along daily - or close enough to it. We'd do brainstorms, research and ask each other for help [if we were procrastinating that is] to aid our stories.
So, now Vicky's explained roughly how these battles work (in brief), I'll take over and give you the details...
Vicky already outlined the first type of word race count: seeing who can get to the highest amount of words within a certain time limit. This can be anything. Ten minutes, an hour, a day, a month... Whatever suits you. We've done races that last roughly two weeks and others that last ten minutes. Either way, slowly decreasing time is great for pressurising you to write as much as you possibly can before time runs out, trust me, you’ll be rushing so much when you get down to five minutes.
If you're using this method, you can just keep track of time on your watch, or you can search up an online stopwatch and set the count down to your agreed time. This method is my favourite, but before you decide, let's look at the other one...
You can also set a number of words that you have to get to, and then whoever gets to this count first is the winner. This might be better for people who prefer to work to a goal, and sometimes it might be more satisfying to know that you're halfway there. (Rather than coming to that horrible realisation: half of your time is up and you've hardly written anything.) The only problem with this is that you might not be paying attention to your word count (if you're using a word document) or you might have to keep copying everything into a word counter (if you're writing directly onto Movellas and don't have that little word count display on your screen), so you might go way over your goal and won't notice, whereas you can set a timer to alert (scare you half to death when you're in the middle of a tense scene) when your time is up.
If you're struggling to decide which is your favourite, maybe you should give them both a go before you start NaNoWriMo, and see which one works best for you.
It’s the best idea we’ve got in our brains and we’ve tried and tested it. One of the main things behind it is that you’re always determined to win and / or catch up with the person ahead. If you are that person ahead then you’re determined to keep ahead which is a great way to stay writing.
And to help with this process, Jess and I will be setting up a Movella to help you guys with word wars! First it will be a Movella to help get you guys to write as much as you can in an hour, and we’re going to assume you won’t lie. You will be able to tell us your word count and we will group you together with the people who got similar results to you, hence why we don’t want any of you to lie.
From there, a group will be formed allowing us to get your groups together to motivate each other as NaNoWriMo goes on.
Good luck to all!
Here is the link to the Movella: