- Set a timer.
- Write like the wind.
- Count how many words you have written in the given time.
- Report that word count back to the group of writers doing the same thing with you.
The idea of a word sprint is to get down as many words as possible without agonizing over the quality of the tale. It’s a rough drafting technique, and it’s more about getting to the page. It assumes heavy revision will follow. This is similar to the month-long exercises of NaNoWriMo, but much shorter bursts, and much more isolated process.
I like it because it is done in bite-sized chunks of time. I like it because there is a teamwork feel to doing this with other writers on Twitter. I also like it because it gets me to the page for concentrated periods of time.
One kind of word sprint is available via Write or Die, but I don’t need that much pressure. The friendly social support and pressure available on Twitter are enough.
In case you’r wondering, #WriteClub is organized by @FriNightWrites – it goes on every Friday evening (because writers have no social lives?). 30 minute sprints with 10 minute breaks and a ton of zany Twitter people joining in.
1K1Hr stands for 1,000 words in one hour, and can be shouted out at any time by anyone. “I’m doing a 1k1hr at the :00 anyone joining me?” is a common tweet.
This is how I know my average writing pace, (and also why I get frustrated when I delete stuff as I go and net out with sprint counts of 200 words or so).
I like sprinting for words. I do well at it. I just need to keep doing my training jogs, too.