Word sprints: Do they work?

Word sprints are something I hear quite a few friends on social media talking about in terms of inspiration. I know, especially during the month of November when NaNoWriMo is in full swing, there’s an uptick in the number of people who participate in the activity.

What is a Word Sprint?

For those unfamiliar with the term,  “word sprints” are when a writer sets a specific amount of time for themselves (typically an hour) and a specific word count they want to hit. And then, they do nothing but write non-stop. No editing, no revising (sometimes, not even spell checking); just straight up writing. Think of a runner who is racing towards the finish after a marathon; they sprint to the end in order to get the best time possible.

What are the benefits of Word Sprints?

For those who benefit,  it is inspiring and challenging to participate in word sprints. The idea that you are working under a deadline and you have to get so many words onto the page thrills some and helps them to focus on what needs to get done.

For others, prioritizing is the issue they deal with most so a word sprint puts them in a place where they know exactly what needs to be done and how quickly it needs to be accomplished so they don’t think about anything other than the page in front of them. The coffee could be burning in the pot and they would still be focused on their word count (okay, that’s not true. Everyone knows writers live on coffee and very rarely is enough left in the pot TO burn)

Some have mentioned that if they are having a particularly bad case of writer’s block, they use a word sprint on a completely different project to help get them out of hyper-focusing on what they can’t do and accomplish something else.

So, do Word Sprints work or not?

The answer is yes and no. While they may work for your style of writing, others (like myself) have a very different approach to my writing.

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I’m high pressure personality when it comes to everything. Adding in the pressure of getting 1,000 words on the page in 1 hour? That’s just asking me to have a nervous breakdown. And if I have a nervous breakdown, Embracing Magic will never get finished so you’ll all be left without the Pack.

And that should make you very sad.

Thanks for reading, stopping by, checking in. Feel free to leave a comment if you have a different experience or if I missed something.

D. Jordan Padrona
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