Build Your Word Count Painlessly with Writing Sprints

Getting words down can be a pain.

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  1. As your word count goes up daily you’ll get a major dopamine rush. You have direct evidence that you’re getting somewhere. Each sprint adds 500 words or 1000 words (you’ll be amazed what you can do in 25 minutes…). Before you know it you have a completed article, book, blog post, whatever it is you’re working on.
  2. Sprints eliminate writer’s block in 3 ways -
  3. You know when you sit down you’ll only be writing for a short burst. There’s less argument from your brain that you should probably be doing the dishes.
  4. Doing the pre-work gives you a map to follow. Any sense of anxiety over what to write next is lessened.
  5. Once you’ve completed a few sprints on a particular project your mind relaxes into the process because it can see the progress. The sensation of being ‘lost’ in the project isn’t a factor. Your pump is primed before you ever sit down.
  6. If, after all of that you still get ‘stuck’, simply cheat and use a writing prompt to get you started again. What if the writing prompt isn’t in conjunction with the project you’re working on? So what. It doesn’t matter. The point is to write anything at all, once you get some words down you’re off to the races again. Follow the prompt and once you’re writing begin to steer your words back to your project. Clean things up later during revision. The point is to keep going no matter what.
  7. If you have to limit your daily sprint to one 25 or 30 minute jaunt that’s fine. Doing that little bit adds three and a half hours to your writing week. 3 and a half hours will allow you to finish a 60,000 novel in about 6 months (quicker if you do longer/more sprints).
  1. 25 or 30 minutes of focused writing will help you do a minimum of two to three blog posts or articles per week.
  2. You will build the muscles and mindset to keep you writing every day and that’s the only way to succeed at this game, you must write EVERY. DAY.
  3. As the word count builds you gain confidence that yes, you can write and you have proof of that.
  4. Practice is the only way to get better as a writer. Thinking about it won’t work. Talking about it won’t work.
  5. Focusing on writing and then doing it regularly for months or years builds a level of discipline in you that becomes impossible to ignore. You stop needing anyone’s permission to create the stories or articles that live in you.
  6. Self discipline, applied in this way is stronger than any outside push could ever be. Discipline you build by your own actions sticks better than having someone ‘make’ you do things.

I’ve been writing on and off all my life. 5 years ago I ran out of excuses for not writing and publishing. Writers must write, damn the excuses…

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