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4 the words


I’m back to tell you about this great writing site called 4 the words.

With Camp NaNo upon us, anything that offers motivation and incentives is much needed. 4 the words is that place.

4twlogo-xs4tw (as we call it) is fun because it turns writing into a game. If you’re a fan of Habitica or role-playing games in general, this might be the site for you. See, it’s set up so you have a character–a Dust Warrior–and you must go on quests to fight monsters to advance in the game.


How does that relate to writing?



Well, each monster has a word goal and a time goal to beat it. Like the cute Wignow needs 250 words written in 30 minutes to beat it. In return, you get things like leaves and dust which are needed later to craft stuff you might need to battle other monsters or just need to collect for quests.

And there are lots of monsters of all sizes from the tiny Xin at 100 words in 20 minutes to the giant River Goddess at 5000 words in 72 hours. To help you along, you can collect gear for your character to affect three stats. Attack reduces the number of words you need to defeat a monster (1% per stat), Defense gives you more time to complete the batttle (.5% per stat), and Luck… does something–we don’t really know, but in theory it increases the drop rate of items.

4tw_play2There are currently nine zones to explore,  each with their own monsters (although there is some overlap) and quests. Quests are what get you motivated. They’re anything from keep a streak for a certain number of days or to collect certain numbers of items or to fight a certain number of monsters. There are main quests that move you along in the game (opening new zones) and side quests that sometimes offer fun items for your avatar.

There’s also a personal streak calendar that offers gifts for hitting milestones of daily writing which means hitting a 444-word goal on 4tw. And at the end of each year, you get a new set of spiffy angel wings. The site also tracks the number of words you’ve written on the site and the time you’ve spent writing and puts them into shiny graphs.

And if that isn’t enough to pique your interest, there’s a thriving and supportive community on the forums (full disclosure: I’m a moderator there).

If this sounds like the kind of site for you, now is the perfect time to check it out because a special event for Camp NaNoWriMo has just started (if they’ve gotten those pesky bugs worked out yet). Special events are a lot of fun because they offer a break from the main storyline of the game. There are three big events that correspond to NaNoWriMo events–the first of those being April Camp. There are also many mini-events (usually a week long).

The big special events offer a brand new zone with new monsters and quests that are only available during that event. So now’s the time to head over and check out our expedition that has just launched from the Base Camp.

I should mention that 4tw is a pay-to-use site, but you get a 30-day free trial to explore everything. Like I said, now’s a great time to check out the special event for free.

After that, the site is $4/month, which in my opinion, is well worth the cost.

corecrystal_sm-minIf you do decide to sign up (even for the free trial) use this referral code WVBIY23608 that way if you make a payment you get free c-crystals (our form of currency you use to buy subscription time and special clothes for your avatar) and so do I.

I really hope you try us out.

Now I must set off on an expedition to slay a few monsters and find the Guardian of the forest.

Camp NaNoWriMo


Welcome to craziest camp you’ve ever been to.

Well, I’ve never actually been to any camps so I have no idea if that’s true, but Camp NaNo is pretty crazy.

2019-WriterWebBadgeIn case you’re wondering, Camp NaNo is the laid back cousin of National Novel Writing Month (a month-long event to write 50k words in 30 days that takes place every November). Instead of the set goal of NaNo, Camp NaNo lets you create your own goal whether that’s words, hours (writing or editing), lines or pages.

Whereas it’s expected to start a brand new novel in November, Camp can be any project you want including adding to an existing story or editing. So for this Camp, I’m working on Uncalled For Actions.

The Girl Genius fanfic is something I started on January 1 in a different format than I’ve ever written before. Instead of going chapter by chapter or focusing on a specific wordcount each day, I’ve been writing it sentence by sentence. I started with one sentence on January 1 then two sentences on January 2. Hopefully, you get the picture.

Everything was going great–I was finishing my sentences each day (for the most part) then posting them to tumblr–then I was hit with severe chronic fatigue. I’ve lacked the energy to get out of bed most morning, and my brain pretty much just shut down. Being awake was exhausting even when I wasn’t doing anything. So I got behind.

Really far behind. As of today, I’m in the middle of writing the sentences for February 22 (53 sentences).

Anyway, my goal, as you can probably guess, is to get caught up on all of those sentences so I can once post them tumblr on the day they’re supposed to be written. I’ve done the math and determined I need a total of 2,252 sentences which comes out to about 75/day.

I made things a little easier by deciding to restart the count on March 1 so instead of needing 60 sentences that day, I only needed 1. Otherwise, I’d have to write over 6,000 sentences to catch up. Since I was having so much trouble just writing 40+ per day, I figured it was best to do a restart every two months until the story is finished.

At the least, I’ll have more written for the story than I did yesterday. 🙂

4twlogo-xsNow it’s time to get this show on the road. I’m just waiting for my favorite writing site, 4thewords.com, to get their act together and start their special NaNo event. There’s always something that goes wrong with events so I’m trying to be patient (hence getting blog posts out of the way).

April Goals

Recap from March:

Reading: Got three! books done not counting the online comics I read. B
Writing: Well, I did my journal and tried to catch up on Uncalled For Actions. I didn’t really come close but managed to get a few days finished. C-
Finishing/Editing: I guess this one is 50/50 or sort of a win because I edited and posted a story, but didn’t finish any others unless you count two chapters of Uncalled For. You know what, I think that does count so… A
Posting: This one I nailed with two chapters of Uncalled For and an entire fanfic! WTG me. A

This month was crap for my official wordcount, but I hit a lot of my goals so that makes me happy. It’s been my best month for that in a long time. B-

April Goals:


  • read 2 books



  • edit a story other than Uncalled For
  • finish and edit Uncalled For as I get them done


  • post the chapters of Uncalled For that I get done

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