Before this past weekend, I hadn’t attempted a word sprint outside the confines of NaNoWriMo and part of me isn’t sure I consider what I did this weekend to be a real word sprint or just an extra bit of good luck in the writing department.
Either way, between Saturday and Sunday I wrote several thousand words, an amount I hadn’t accomplished since NaNoWriMo. And it felt good to be able to write like that again because it had been quite a while since I had
In fact, I went from the half-way writing point to a finished draft of Midnight, a relief on my part.
During NaNoWriMo, I found word springs to be invaluable and they were helpful when life got a little crazy. I could push myself in a short amount of time to accomplish a lot of writing. It’s probably a good part of what helped me to win this time, since it was something different I tried as opposed to other years.
Saturday, I just started to write. And I wrote, more and more and while part of me wanted to stop, another part of me pushed harder and harder to write. I finally did let myself stop when I realized I hit a point where I would need to do another marathon writing session and at that point in the day, I knew I didn’t have that much writing left in me.
There’s a side tip inside this post. At times, you have to know your writing limits because if you try to push past them on a fairly regular basis, you are going to do burn yourself out. And trust me, that is going to do you absolutely no good.
If case you haven’t heard the term, writing sprint before, let me explain it. The idea is setting a time (people usually go for 15-20 minutes but I have seen longer) and write like mad until the time is up. Anything under an hour is considered a short spring anything over is considered a long sprint.
When I went into my first of several writing sprints, it was unintentional. I wasn’t planning to write that much for that long but once I got started I found that for the first time in a long time, the words flowed and I was able to pieces all the pieces together and write my way towards the end of the story.
That one was more or less around 90 minutes. I had a cuppa siting beside me, Disney tunes playing on Pandora and I wrote.
A fun way to do a writing sprint is to get a couple of writers together and compete and/or encourage each other; nothing like a little healthy competition to drive you to write fast and furiously.
I did this a few times during NaNoWriMo and the idea of others out there writing frantically at the same time as you can really help motivate you to write, even if you don’t feel like it.
And while yes, you need to be careful not to burn yourself out, you need to also to push yourself. That or get someone to push you.
The biggest thing about writing is that you need to figure out what works best for you. Often times, when I come to you week to week, I tell you things that I’ve experienced, or that I’m going through.
But each person writes a different way, they all have a different method. That’s why there are so many different writing how to books.
So, my hope is that when you read these posts you find a way to take my advice and find out how it works best for you.
Good luck with your writing this week!
By the way, did you check out my interview with the Television Crossover Universe Podcast?