Monday, July 8, 2013

Join Me For a SPRINT!

My kids and their cousins lining up for sack races at their grandparents’ house over the weekend.

For those of you who follow MMW on facebook, I posted last week about a little writing “sprint” I did with Julie Coulter Bellon over at her blog. The way it works is like this: You come over to the blog at a designated time, prepared to write. You leave a comment on the post about the sprint (“Hey y’all! I’m in!”) and then start working on your WIP (that’s right, don’t go check facebook or e-mail- it’s SPRINT time!). Write as many words as you can for 15 minutes, then go check in by leaving a comment on the post again, this time with your word count (“I just did 300 words. Go me!”). Then write for another 15 minutes and come check in again (“Up to 573 now- whew!”).  You’ll do two more sessions of 15 minutes- making an hour total- and come back at the end with your total word count for the hour (“1,236 words! Woohoo!”).

I wasn’t so sure about this, but I decided to give it a shot because I knew I was going to have a busy weekend and I didn’t want to fall short of my weekly goal of 3,000 words. Well, I managed over 1600 words in a single hour! I was pretty surprised! And it brought me within 200 words of my goal for the week, so I was very pleased. I also enjoyed checking back in and seeing others’ comments about how they were doing- a little competition never hurt anyone, right?

So...let’s do it!


Let’s meet back here at this post at 10pm EST (that’s 8pm for all you Utahns- throw those kids in bed and get back over here, I’m doing it late so you can join us!) tonight (Monday) and leave a comment to let me know you’re in. We’ll write for 15 minutes, then check in at 10:15 (/ 9:15/ 8:15/ 7:15, depending on your time zone) and share our progress. We’ll continue doing that every 15 minutes till our hour is up. It goes by quickly, believe me!

I’m so excited!

Anybody ready to SPRINT with me??



23 comments:

  1. okay, I'm down. I got my tunes ready, but this will be interesting. I tend to write then fix, write a paragraph then fix it. Makes for a slow pace but really clean first drafts.

    This time I'm going for speed

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  2. Woohoo! Okay, Betsy, we go in T-2 minutes and counting!

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  3. Check back in 15 minutes with your word count!

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  4. Whatever you want! Whatever you’re comfortable with. AAH! GO!

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  5. Wish I could! I'll still be doing the one on my blog on Wednesday night, though, so I hope you'll come to that one, too, Kasey! Good luck tonight! :)

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  6. 1803 and my brain hurts. But holy cow. That's definitely the most in an hour i have ever written. it will likely take me another hour to make it usable, but awesome. Thanks for the fun!

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    1. The definition of binge writing btw :)

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  7. Awesome, thanks Betsy! I had to stop for about 2 minutes to take care of a screaming 3-year-old (why going to the bathroom required screaming, I do not know) but I think I did pretty well, all things considered. :-) We’ll have to do it again sometime!

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    1. I'm not sure my heart or my poor fingers can take it :) I know the feeling. I had a crying three yr old that couldn't work the Ipad. First world problems

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  8. Wish I saw this yesterday!

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    1. Don’t worry, Katie- we’ll be doing it again soon! :-)

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