Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Sprint Writing

By Darvell Hunt

As I write this on November 5, yesterday, to get ready to post on my day, which is normally Tuesday, I think back to November 5, 2004, when I started my first NaNoWriMo challenge.

By November 30, 2004, I had written over 54,000 words, completing the novel-in-a-month challenge. By December 5, one month after I started, I completed the first draft of my novel at 85,000 words.

I discovered during this exercise that I am a sprint writer. This has since become my primary method of writing. I don’t write everyday. I’ve never been able to do that, but I write lots of material in short bursts. I’ve found that this is what works best for me as a writer.

While I am too busy this month to do NaNoWriMo, I plan to do some sprint writing this Christmas, when I’ll be taking a few weeks off from work to be home with my family. In the meantime, I’m preparing my writing shoes for the crack of the starter pistol.

Ready, set, WRITE!

1 comment:

Jennifer Wilks said...

I'm the same way. I love to sit down and pound out 3000 words in a sitting. I'm having a lot of fun with my first NaNo experience, too. So far, I'm on target and the whole speed writing thing is really working for me.