We at The Sprint Shack, obviously, love all things word sprinting. So when we see an avid word sprinter doing what they can to get the word out to other writers and broaden the community, we get pretty excited—especially when that sprinter is kind enough to mention us as a resource!
Yesterday, romance author Tracey Lyons attended the Romance Writers of America’s New England Chapter “Let Your Imagination Take Flight” conference, where she hosted a workshop on word sprinting entitled “Sprinting: It’s Not Just For Runners!” Tracey reached out to us ahead of time to ask if she could mention The Sprint Shack, which we were of course thrilled by and supportive of.
Tracey discovered word sprinting after signing with a new agent and experiencing anxiety over a tough deadline. “I needed to get her the completed manuscript of a proposal I’d pitched to her. After days of chasing my tail around, a friend saw my angst-filled post on Facebook and suggested I try the sprinting method—and the rest, as they say, is history! I ended up completing that novel in a record six weeks!”
In the workshop, Tracey outlined the pros and cons of sprinting, offered tips on how to get the most out of a word sprint session (whether you’re sprinting alone or with a group), and made suggestions for turning off your “pesky inner critic” and giving yourself permission to write freely. She also provided author testimonials and a handout including websites and twitter handles to help get participants started in the sprinting community (that’s where we came in!). She ended the session with a word sprint and a follow-up discussion of the process and the attendees’ experiences.
“My hope is that the writers who attend these types of workshops will use the sprinting method of writing as another tool to help them achieve success,” Tracey said prior to the workshop. “Even if you’re only doing a few fifteen minute sessions a day, the word count adds up, giving you the confidence to keep moving forward.”
We hope everyone who attended the workshop had a great time and took something away from it. If you were there and found us through Tracey’s workshop, feel free to contribute to the conversation by letting us know your experience in the comments below!
An Amazon Top Ten bestselling historical romance author, Tracey’s books have been translated into several languages. She has appeared on the award winning Cox Cable Television show, Page One and at the famous Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC. She holds membership in Romance Writers of America and Novelists Inc.