‘Sprinting’ and Building Up Your Word Count

Today’s Soundtrack – I Feel For You by Chaka Khan (LIKE I EVEN NEEDED TO TELL YOU WHO IT WAS BY, I MEAN, COME ON.)

‘Word count’ or ‘WC’ is one of the biggest phrases in the writing community. It’s what we’re all about. Checking in with your current word count is pretty much a social convention within the writing community on Twitter, which can sometimes leave you feeling a little deflated. If you feel like everyone else’s word counts are leaps and bounds ahead of yours, I have a solution for you:


No, I don’t mean running. Dear God in heaven, I do not mean running. I never mean running. In fact, you can be pretty sure that the only time I’d ever be referring to running of any kind would be during a zombie apocalypse. Sprinting, if you’re not familiar with the term, is what the writing community termed writing nonstop in short bursts, primarily to up your word count. It includes writing for 30 minutes, then at the end of the 30 minutes checking in on Twitter with the amount of words you managed to get down during that ‘sprint’ using the hashtag #writeclub, associated with @FriNightWrites, or #writenow, associated with @WriterDiaries.

Anyone can use the hashtags, and as they are widely followed on Twitter checking them will often lead you to others who are sprinting at the same time as you, allowing you to meet new people and even to cheer each other on.

@FriNightWrites runs sprints all day and night every Friday, using the hashtag #writeclub. It’s a fantastic way to up your count at the same time as hundreds of other writers who get involved. I managed a personal best of 5,000 words in one day whilst sprinting with #writeclub.

As I said, it’s not just on a Friday that the hashtag is used, and checking The @WriterDiaries Twitter page or the hashtag #writenow will show you if there’s any sprinting going on at either of those.

So get involved, and please let me know your personal sprinting bests in the comments.






2 thoughts on “‘Sprinting’ and Building Up Your Word Count

  1. Wow! 5,000 words in one day through sprinting? That’s impressive! And I agree; sprinting is a great way to up your word count. I don’t do it often enough, but when I do make myself I’m always surprised by how much I get out. And with a little revision, sometimes the words are even worth keeping.

    1. I know, I couldn’t believe it myself! I don’t sprint enough, either, but each time I do I wish I did it more. It’s crazy the amount of words you can put out when there’s a fire under your ass.

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