NaNoWriMo 2017 Getting Social 2 – Word of the Day Challenge 5

Get social with NaNoWriMo

Not even a week in yet, so there’s plenty of time to catch up if your word counts aren’t quite where you’d want them to be! How’s it going? This week has been tough for me with exhaustion. I was meant to go and visit a friend yesterday and today, ended up just staying home due to lack of sleep and headaches. More words written though right?


I actually scapped my novel (again) and am pantsing an entirely new one! I wrote 1200 last night on it, so I’m feeling better already. It has space and magic and that’s all I know so far but I’m excited!


Get Social with NaNoWriMo

So yesterday I talked a bit about getting social on Twitter with NaNoWriMo. If you missed it, definitely check it out, it makes NaNoWriMo just that much more fun!

Today I’m going to talk about Word Sprints/Word Wars

What are word sprints/wars? 

They are amazing, that’s what they are. It’s when you set yourself a time limit, such as 15 minutes, and you go and write solidly for that 15 minutes.

They’re great because you don’t let yourself get distracted in that time and get tons of words out! I know that in 15mins I can typically get at least 500 words, up to 1200 if I’m really focussed and know what I’m writing about (haven’t managed it this year but last year I did a lot).

How do you participate?

You can do them on your own, or with other people. On the NaNoWriMo website there’s a great wordsprint tool, where you set the time of the sprint, share the link with people and you all join in and write at the same time – Word Sprints. Alternatively , you can follow the official @NaNoWordSprints ‏account where they’re continuously hosting sprints throughout November. Lastly, you can just tweet a time you’re going to be sprinting at, invite others and go! Typically, you set a time by saying the digits past the hour, as most people are in different time zones. For example, Word sprint at :05 for :15 means 5 past the hour for 15 minutes.

What’s the difference between a word war and a word sprint

To be honest it’s just the name, but I like to think of sprints as good natured, where everyone is just writing to their own goals. Wars is where you’re trying to get the most words, though no one takes it too seriously.

So definitely give it a go! I’ll be tweeting out when I do some so feel free to join me!


Word of the Day : November 5, 2017


noun PAIR-uh-bul


: examplespecifically : a usually short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle


The priest opened his homily by relating the parable of the Good Samaritan, from the Gospel of Luke.

“Remotely based on the 1844 Hans Christian Andersen tale ‘The Snow Queen,’ a parableabout faith and friendship, the movie [‘Frozen’] retained only the central metaphor of a woman who can freeze people’s hearts with her witchcraft.” — Jesse Green, The New York Times, 15 Sept. 2017

Did You Know?

Parable comes to us via Anglo-French from the Late Latin word parabola, which in turn comes from Greek parabolē, meaning “comparison.” The word parabola may look familiar if you remember your geometry. The mathematical parabola refers to a kind of comparison between a fixed point and a straight line, resulting in a parabolic curve; it came to English from New Latin (Latin as used since the end of the medieval period, especially in scientific description and classification). Parable, however, descends from Late Latin (the Latin language used by writers in the 3rd to 6th centuries). The Late Latin term parabola referred to verbal comparisons: it essentially meant “allegory” or “speech.” Other English descendants of Late Latin parabola are parole and palaver.



Thanks for reading! How is your nano journey going so far? Are we buddies on the website? If not, link me me below and I’ll add you 🙂

8 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2017 Getting Social 2 – Word of the Day Challenge 5

  1. I can totally relate to scrapping an idea when it’s almost one week into NaNo. Good luck with your new project!

    I’ve had a slow start, but really happy with what I’ve written so far.

    And we aren’t buddies, as far as I know – I’m scorpioreads!

    1. Thank you I need it! Going to try and catch up now 😁

      That’s good at least, I often find I either have loads of words that I think are rubbish or only a few that are wonderful, and both are okay in their own right.

      I’ll add you now!

  2. Another word I can possible use in this new project! And it’s one I recognise! Lol. Also I get scrapping and I’m hopeful that I’ll love writing this new project as much as you’re enjoying writing yours!

    I’ve never done a word war, and surprisingly only done one word sprint so far this year. Going to try and do some tonight. Wish me luck!

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