NaNoWriMo Update – Day 4

Yesterday, I Skyped with my daughter, Katrina, who is also an aspiring writer. (And she’s such a good writer!) When she was a teenager, she and I used to do word sprints together. We would go to a cafe, order chai tea lattes, set a timer for 15 minutes and write as much as we could, trying to beat each other out for the highest word count. 

Since I am doing NaNoWriMo, she asked me if I wanted to do some word sprints with her. I jumped at the chance! We both needed a little bit (okay, I needed a lot!) of motivation to get writing.

After chatting for a couple of hours, because that is what we do, we finally got down to our word sprints. Katrina got comfy on her couch, while I got comfy at my desk’ her in New Jersey, me in Massachusetts. We both had our headphones on with our own music playing (shout out for Spotify!), I set the timer on my phone and off we went. We both type really fast and Katrina said that with the both of us typing it sounded like a stampede. ; )

For our first word sprint I wrote 809 words! I was very pleased with that. We decided to do a second one and I got 755 words for a total of 1564 words in just 30 minutes. I was so excited to have reached that many words so quickly and, since it has been so long since I did a word sprint, I was actually very surprised.

I pretty much floated around the house for a few hours that basking in the writing high I felt. I got brave and decided to do a word sprint by myself and I wrote another 619 words. Not bad since I got interrupted twice and had to stop the timer each time and then get back into it again. Me thinks I shall have to put a sign up on my bedroom/office door – “Doing word sprints. Interrupt at your own peril!”

Total time: 45 minutes

Total word count: 2,183 words.

Those word sprints work like a charm for me. I highly recommend you give it a try! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Update – Day 4

    • Yes, they are great for getting rid of that horrid internal critic and for increasing word count! So much more fun when you are doing them with someone else, especially when it’s with my daughter, who I miss like crazy. 🙂

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