Tuesday, May 1, 2012


by Donna K. Weaver

When you think of sprinting, is this what comes to mind?

When you're a writer, however, there's a different kind of sprinting that's available to you. It's when you gather somewhere online with other writers. Someone sets a time, tells everyone when to start, and then off the group goes. At the end of the designated time, people report their word/page counts. It can be a great time to focus on a project--whether it be actually writing or editing/critiquing. It also gives you a ready group of fellow writers with whom you can brainstorm.

That's priceless!

I first started participating in sprinting during NaNoWriMo last year. There's a place on Facebook for members of one of my writing groups where we can go to sprint. I know of writers who also did sprints on Twitter. I finally wandered over to the iWriteNetwork sprints in the chat room where I found the interaction to be more immediate than on Facebook and less cumbersome than on Twitter where you had to use a hashtag with every comment. If you haven't participated in a sprint session before, I suggest you give one a try and see how you like it.

Have you ever participated in a writing sprint? If so, what did you think?


Jess said...

No, but it sounds fun/stimulating!

I've done word count bets with CPs before--if both of us finish our goal, we each get what we bet (a pizza, a latte, whatever), but if only one of us finishes, neither gets their treat. It's good motivation :)

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

I've never participated in a writing sprint, but I love online chats and forums with other writers.

Alice said...

I participated in one. it was fun. I'm afraid I didn't get much writing done though cuz I was more interested in what everyone else was saying and doing and in responding to it, but I'd gladly do it again.

Anonymous said...

I've never participated in a writing sprint, but it sounds interesting, definitely motivating. I'll think about doing a sprint.