FAQ

Leaderboards

Leaderboard Updating

To reduce the load on the server, all leaderboards are set to update every 5 minutes.

Writing Challenges

Challenge Points

Ever wonder what those points at the top of each user profile mean?

They are challenge points, earned by participating in challenges and awarded at different levels of accomplishment. In the case of the profile points, this line lists the challenge points earned for the last 30 days.

For instance, for the word count challenge a writer earns an additional point for each Warp Speed level achieved per day. Example:

  • 110 words per day = 1 challenge point (Impulse .5)
  • 250 words per day = 2 challenge points (Warp 1)

The only writing challenges that don’t have earned tiered points are the publishing and submission challenges. The most that can be earned with them is 1 challenge point per day, hence the note on them to record only one per day so that you earn the maximum number of challenge points.

Along with the various writing challenge leaderboards, there are also challenge point leaderboards for the total points earned from all participated challenges.

Current Month
Previous Month
Current Year

Today’s Progress Timezone

The use of “Post Today’s Progress” is governed by server time, and not a user’s timezone. At the moment the site is not able to track individual user timezone.

If the “Post Today’s Progress” places your update on the wrong date, use the “Edit Past Progress” link to enter “0” (zero) in the incorrect day and then place your current day’s progress on the correct date.

How to Participate in Writing Challenges

  1. log into the site.
  2. Go to your profile.
  3. Click on the “Writing Challenges” tab.
  4. The “My Challenges” will list all challenges you currently participate in.
  5. Click on either the “All Challenges”, “Word/Count-Based Challenges”, or “Time-Based Challenges” sub-tabs.
  6. Pick a challenge and click the “Yes” box.
  7. A place to enter your first update will appear. Enter a value.
  8. Click “Post Update”
  9. The challenge will now appear under “My Challenges” where you can update past and current progress, export files, and see statistics.

Enjoy!

Warp Speeds – Time

Warp Speeds are the writing rate this website uses to track progress. Here is a reference table showing what the warp speeds equal in time spent writing at various rates.

The robot users use the 700 words per hour rate.

Example: A writer writing at a rate of 700 words per hour would achieve Warp 1 in 21 minutes.

WPH – Words Per Hour

Speed Rating @500 WPH @700 WPH @900 WPH @1100 WPH (DWS Speed)
Impulse .5 :13 :09 :07 :06
Warp 1 :30 :21 :16 :13
Warp 2 :50 :36 :28 :22
Warp 3 1:22 :59 :46 :37
Warp 4 2:12 1:34 1:13 1:00
Warp 5 3:18 2:21 1:50 1:30
Warp 6 4:24 3:08 2:26 2:00
Warp 7 * 5:28 3:54 3:02 2:29
Warp 8 * 6:34 4:42 3:39 2:59
Warp 9 * 7:40 5:29 4:16 3:29
Warp 10 * 8:46 6:16 4:52 3:59
Warp 11 * 9:52 7:03 5:29 4:29
Warp 12 * 10:57 7:49 6:05 4:58

* Dean Wesley Smith’s “Pulp Speeds” equivalents:

Warp 7 = DWS Pulp Speed 1
Warp 8 = DWS Pulp Speed 2
Warp 9 = DWS Pulp Speed 3
Warp 10 = DWS Pulp Speed 4
Warp 11 = DWS Pulp Speed 5
Warp 12 = DWS Pulp Speed 6

Robot Users

The robot users are site robots that update at a specific consistent rate across a variety of challenges, such as writing time, chapters/scenes, publishing, submissions and so on.. For instance, Impulse Point-Five user advances at the same rate as Impulse .5 on this Warp Speed table. No matter what method the you want to use to track progress, you will likely find a Writing Groove Robot to use as a goal-post (if you don’t, then let us know).

If you are trying to move forward at a specific rate, then try to keep up with or surpass the robot of your choice!

Warp Speeds – Words

Warp Speeds are the writing rate this website uses to track progress. Here is a reference table showing what the warp speeds equal in words for the year, month, week, and day. All values are rounded up to the nearest 10.

Speed Rating Words Per Year Words Per Month Words Per Week Words Per Day
Impulse .5 40,000 3,340 770 110
Warp 1 90,000 7,500 1,740 250
Warp 2 150,000 12,500 2,890 420
Warp 3 250,000 20,840 4,810 690
Warp 4 400,000 33,340 7,700 1,100
Warp 5 600,000 50,000 11,540 1,650
Warp 6 800,000 66,670 15,390 2,200
Warp 7 * 1,000,000 83,340 19,240 2,740
Warp 8 * 1,200,000 100,000 23,080 3,290
Warp 9 * 1,400,000 116,670 26,930 3,840
Warp 10 * 1,600,000 133,340 30,770 4,390
Warp 11 * 1,800,000 150,000 34,620 4,940
Warp 12 * 2,000,000 166,670 38,470 5,480

* Dean Wesley Smith’s “Pulp Speeds” equivalents:

Warp 7 = DWS Pulp Speed 1

Warp 8 = DWS Pulp Speed 2

Warp 9 = DWS Pulp Speed 3

Warp 10 = DWS Pulp Speed 4

Warp 11 = DWS Pulp Speed 5

Warp 12 = DWS Pulp Speed 6

Minutes to Decimal Conversion

Writing Groove challenges use decimals (up to two decimal places) to indicate minutes. For instance, 1.25 equals one hour and 15 minutes.

Below is a quick reference minutes to decimal conversion.

5 minutes – .08
10 minutes – .17
15 minutes – .25
20 minutes – .33
25 minutes – .42
30 minutes – .5
35 minutes – .58
40 minutes – .67
45 minutes – .75
50 minutes – .83
55 minutes – .92
1 hour – 1

Writer Chat

Writing Groove Writer Chat Login

The scheduled chat here at Writing Groove does not require a separate login account. You can participate so long as you are logged into the main site.

General Writer Chat – Why a Different Account?

The scheduled chat here at Writing Groove does not require a separate account. You can participate so long as you are logged into the site.

General Live chat is currently hosted on a different server under the “FMwriters” (Forward Motion for Writers) domain. For now, you will need to create a separate account in order to sign in. If the servers are ever merged then the user account here will take precedence, so it would be wise to use the same user name.

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