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.
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?