Athletics have never really been my thing and even years after leaving school I still have an aversion to running anywhere. Walk, climb, ramble, stroll, skip… fine. Run… no. And sprint… hell, no!
So why am I suddenly a fan of sprints? Since they’re making me write (and work) faster. Sprinting as a time-management technique is actually rather natty and right up there with my 10-minute jar and the coffee break champions. But while the latter two stop me from feeling overwhelmed even if I’m facing a huge project, sprinting adds something extra: very tight focus.
The idea of sprinting is simple: pick the next scene in your story, set the clock and then put your head down and write without interruption or even looking up for the allocated time. Then stop and take a break. Repeat as needed.
The first day I tried that, I managed 2.3k new words ON TOP OF my daily work to-do-list. Something previously almost unheard of. My normal work day always had elements of guilt. Either the Muse was chafing at the leash and I felt guilty about writing instead of doing client work, or the opposite was true. Since I got introduced to sprints that guilt is gone. I get through my daily to-do-list much faster, leaving time for guilt free fiction.
And while I’m sure that there will be days where my mind just won’t be in the mood for sprints, I’m very happy right now. My first week as a sprint aficionado netted me over 10k of new fiction. And for the first time in ages I actually caught sight of the bottom of my to-do-list!
So why not give sprinting a try? The clock’s ticking….