Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

stopwatch graphicWhat better way to celebrate the end of summer / back to school season than with some Writing Sprints?

If you have a weekend of writing planned (as I do), it is a great way get back into your story. It’s also a nice way to get some writing done in the “company” of other writers, even if we are scattered around the globe.

As a reminder, the goal is to flex your writing skills and to jump start your creativity. It’s all about getting words on the page, not getting the perfect words on the page.

  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”)

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.

Feel free to repeat as many times as you want. If you are on a roll, no need to stop just because your time is up.

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

If you feel so inclined, include your favorite sentence from your writing sprint in your comment.

I’ll be “sprinting” during my lunch break.  I hope to beat last week’s 215 words.

Happy writing to all.

8 thoughts on “Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

  1. I did a couple of 15-minute sprints this morning, 265 words and 229 words. I’m hoping to try again later – if I do, I’ll come back and update this comment.

    • Jilly – that’s great. Over 500 total words in 30 minutes is a wonderful way to kick off your writing. Good luck with the rest of your writing day.

  2. I just took my laptop outside with me so I could soak up some vitamin D and set my timer to 15 minutes. I got in 516 words :-)!

  3. I didn’t so much do writing sprints as writing scrambles today. I was in charge of our five-year old (who finally starts school on Monday), so didn’t expect to get much done. But I did about 30 mins while she was talking to her dad (who is ill in bed) this morning, then another 20-30 while she was playing just after lunch, then a final 30-ish while she and her brother were watching tv just before dinner time. I didn’t do the word counts each time, but the grand total for my efforts was 1141 – which I am really pleased with.

    I have almost no real time to write at the moment but I’m learning – just like all of your terrific writing sprints above showed – that you can make steady progress if you just keep banging those 15-30 minutes in.

    • Rachel – that’s great that you were able to fit in bits of writing here and there. 1141 is a very nice total for a day (more than I often get). Definite proof that you can make progress even if you don’t have large blocks of time to dedicate to writing.

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