Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

Writer_FlowchartWe spend a lot of time talking about the craft of writing here on the Eight Ladies blog.  It helps reinforce and/or expand our writing skills and provides motivation and new perspectives.  Plus, it’s nice to be part of a community of other people with similar interests and goals.

All that is great, but being a writer also involves doing some actual writing.   To that end, it’s time for Friday Writing Sprints.

A writing sprint is a focused block of writing time.  The goal is to get words on the page; to flex your writing skills and jump start your creativity.

  1. Set a time period (i.e., 15 minutes)
  2. Write
  3. When you’re done, note your progress  (i.e., “15 minutes and 394 words”)

You can schedule your own writing sprints at any time, but it’s more fun when there are others participating.  You can inspire and motivate each other, as well as provide a level of accountability.

So, let’s write!

At :15 past the hour (which ever hour you choose), pull out that pen/paper, computer, or whatever your writing implements of choice are, and Write.

When you’re done, post a comment below letting us know how you did.

I’ll be “sprinting” during my lunch break.  I hope to have a good word count to report.

Happy writing to all.


11 thoughts on “Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

  1. Wow – quiet out here.


    Well, I just finished my first sprint of the day, after fortifying myself with some nice strong coffee.

    215 words in 15 minutes. It’s a start.

  2. I quite like the idea of writing sprints on Friday, but I just wasn’t up to being a real writer yesterday. I’ve either got a miserable cold that won’t quit, or allergies. I’m writing on Saturday, though. I’m going to do 30 minute sprints while the laundry is going through the wash cycle.

    • Michaeline – sorry you are not feeling well. Sending good wishes for a quick recovery. 30-minute sprints on Saturday during the laundry cycles sounds like a great use of time.

  3. I love writing sprints. I also enjoy your idea of doing sprints every Friday. Though if you are getting lonely on the sprints front, I highly recommend checking out #writingsprints #wordsprints and other such hashtags of Twitter. There is usually at least one other person willing to sprint regardless of day or time. 🙂

    • Glad you enjoy writing sprints – hopefully we’ll have better participation when it’s not a holiday weekend (at least her in the U.S.). Thanks for the Twitter hashtags – I’ll have to check those out.

  4. Hello Elizabeth – sorry, I was at a theme park all day yesterday for the last day of the school holidays. Yes, I like the idea of doing writing sprints – but I did a grand total of zero words yesterday!

  5. The only words I wrote on Friday were for client documents for an intense project that has now officially wrapped, giving me an actual weekend to enjoy – woot! I have no idea how many words I pounded out during any given fifteen-minute period, but they included ‘cost avoidance’ and ‘monetize results’ and other terrible business-eze that wouldn’t count anyway ;-). Maybe I can participate next week, as I’m trying hard not to pick up any ‘day job’ work until the end of the month.

    • Nancy – I think business-eze words should count double 🙂 I was lucky to be off work, with writing the plan of the day, so the sprints fit right in. On a normal Friday I too would be challenged to gets non-work related words in.

  6. Normally Friday would be my best day for sprints – inevitably yesterday was the exception, and I’m tied up with family stuff the next couple of days, so I can’t even play catch-up 😦 . Sorry to have missed it, and hope you’re planning to play again soon. Same time, same place, next week??

    • Jilly, sorry you were tied up this Friday, but don’t worry, we’ll be sprinting (or story improv-ing) frequently on Fridays, so there will be many opportunities in the future for us all to play again.

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