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! 🙂