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Get Your Writing Habit in Shape with Word Sprints a.k.a. Writing Sprints


One of the ways in which you can develop a daily writing habit is by setting a word count goal, as we learned in last week’s Wednesday Writing Tips. (Read it here in case you missed it.)

Now that you have set a word count goal, how do you ensure you achieve it?

A technique that has proven successful is this: word sprints, also known as writing sprints.

So what is a writing sprint and how does it work?

A writing sprint is a short, timed session where the goal is to write as many words as possible or to meet a set word count goal.

Here's how you can start your writing sprints to meet your word count goal:

1. Set a timer.

Choose a time limit that works best for you. You can start between 15-20 minutes.

2. Start writing.

Remove all distractions and choose a quiet place where you can stay focused. Start writing as soon as you start your timer. Write without stopping, without editing, and without erasing.

3. Stop immediately when the timer goes off.

You can either take a 5-minute break and start again or count how many words or pages you have written. Record it in some way so you can track your progress.

It’s that simple!

Make writing sprints part of your daily writing routine. This will help exercise your creative muscles and before you know it, you have already achieved your goal, beaten procrastination, and overcome writer’s block.

Start your writing sprints today. You've got us cheering for you!

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