One thing we know as writers: sprinting is a must!
For those of you that don’t know what a ‘sprint’ is: it’s when you designate a specific amount of time for focused writing.
Sprints can be any amount of time you want really. We know writers that live by the ten-minute sprint, which can be quite fun actually. It’s amazing at how much you can get done when you completely focus for even just five minutes!
We usually do one-hour sprints. It gives us enough time to get some good work done and at the same time doesn’t feel like a daunting number.
So, how do you make it a part of your daily routine? Here’s three ways that we use to keep us sprinting and finishing our novels!
1. Put it in your calendar.
Sound too obvious? Sometimes the most obvious answers are the right ones.
You’d be amazed at how simply writing: 'Writing Sprint' in your daily calendar will keep you on track. You can even add an alarm if you know the time you’ll be able to sprint. If you’re like us, your schedule is all over the place so setting up an exact time every day doesn’t always work. But as long as you squeeze in your sprint every day, writing it down in the calendar is just a way to keep you focused and on track.
2. Phone a Friend.
We use this one A LOT! With each other! If you know you should be writing, but can’t find the motivation: call a fellow writer. Or you can even call someone you know will push you. We’re lucky because we’re both writers so when one of us needs some encouragement the other can help steer us to victory.
Most of the time we text. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just a simple: “You up for a sprint?”
The reply is usually: “Hell, yeah!”
And we’re off!
Writing buddies are the best way to stay motivated and definitely the best way to sprint!
3. No excuses.
This may not sound like an actual task, but it’s probably the most important thing you can do. Let’s face it everyone makes excuses. Everyone procrastinates. This is just a fact of life. But if you can make an exception when it comes to writing sprints, trust us, your life will change. Make excuses for everything else in life, lol, but DON’T make excuses for not writing.
If you’re like us, writing is life. But sometimes we get distracted and before we know it, days have gone by when we haven’t written anything. The important thing is to not punish yourself! It doesn’t do you any good and can actually keep you unproductive and paralyzed.
But…. Everyone can always spare an hour, no matter how busy. And if you really really can’t spare an hour, then sprint for a half-hour or like we said before a good, solid ten minutes. You’ll feel so much better, not just about the writing, but that you didn’t talk yourself out of it!
We hope these help!