NaNoWriMo is a Marathon not a Sprint


Though saying that, sprinting can actually be a fun and productive way to boost your word count! There are many different types of sprints available to you, and I’ll list the ones I know here!

On the NaNoWriMo website, there’s a whole forum dedicated to word sprints: Word Wars, Prompts, and Sprints. 

Inside you can find all sorts of creative ways to jam pack your novel with more words to try and meet your daily word count and get you through the month. Here are just a few examples, taken from yesterday’s blog on Helpful Forums.

(MCU) Avengers Word Crawl (These are themed writing events that guide you through a story. This one, for example, starts off like this: The Tesseract is acting up and Director Nick Fury is on site to assess the situation. Sprint to 500 while he talks to Coulson, Hill, Dr. Selvig, and Barton to find out how bad things are.)

The 2000 Words in An Hour Challenge

5 Minute Word Wars

In your NaNoWriMo dashboard (My NaNoWriMo > My Word Sprints) you will find NaNoWriMo Word Sprints  You set how many minutes you want to write for and press go. If that’s not enough for you, there’s a dare button below where you can ask it for a dare to add into the writing you do during your sprint!

On Twitter you can follow @NaNoWordSprints to take part in word sprints on Twitter. They run pretty frequently throughout November so no matter what Time Zone you live in, you should be able to jump in on a sprint while you’re writing!

Write Or Die
Is a popular web page where you set your word count goal and time limit, choose from either consequences, rewards or stimulus and get writing. If you put it on Consequences and then don’t keep up with your word count per minute target, the screen starts to go red and it starts to make a horrific noise. The only way to stop it is to start writing again.

There’s even a kamikaze mode. When I tested it, this did the same thing with the addition of starting to delete what you’ve written letter by letter. You can change the variables as well, so feel free to have a play around with it! Just don’t leave any actual writing unattended or it’ll go boom.

My Write Club
This is a website where you can set up or join a custom sprint. Sprints start every 30 mins and last for 25 mins, with a 5 min rest period between. You freewrite your words into the webpage (Don’t forget to copy them into your doc!) and for every 100 words you write you get a little star beneath your word count bar. You can invite people to join you in your sprint with a link, and at the side you’ll be able to see how many starts each of them has and you can try to beat each other!

Let me know in the comments below if I’ve missed any.

Blogs in my NaNoWriMo 2018 Series:
11 Steps of Preptober
NaNoWriMo Desktop Calendars (img heavy)
Helpful NaNoWriMo Forums
NaNoWriMo is a Marathon not a Sprint

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