Sprint Watch! YA Buccaneers

Calling all word sprinters! YA Buccaneers, a creative swashbuckling group of writer and word sprinters, is hosting a word sprint marathon beginning tomorrow morning!

When: Tuesday (9/16) and Thursday (9/18), 9am EDT/7am PDT/14:00 BST

Where: The YA Buccaneers twitter account and the #YABWordSprint hashtag

How: Follow the YA Buccaneers on Twitter and comment on their announcement post to let them know you’ll be taking part! Then log onto Twitter at the correct time and join in the fun with #YABWordSprint so other sprinters can find and encourage/compete with you.

Then, join the Sprint Shack exactly 12 hours later both Tuesday and Thursday for our weekly #TNightSprints to top off your writing and give your word counts an extra boost.

We hope to see you there!

Sprint Watch! MayNoWriMo and the #Wordscrim

Sprint Watch! MayNoWriMo and the WordscrimThe first Camp NaNoWriMo of 2014 is over and it’s another two months until the next camping-meets-sprinting-meets-caffeinated-insanity adventure starts. Some writers will take this opportunity to rest and have a break from the demands of a writing goal… and others will jump straight into the next challenge. Which type of writer are you?

If you’re one of the latter, we’ve spotted just the event for you: MayNoWriMo.

Like Camp NaNoWriMo, MayNoWriMo involves setting yourself a word count goal for the upcoming month and working towards it daily. The MayNoWriMo community is fast growing, with a Facebook group dedicated to word sprints, prompts and participant updates. Think of it as an extended Cabin, a place to meet fellow writers, talk about writing and receive all the encouragement, support and motivation you need!

If you’re on Twitter, follow the #MayNoWriMo hashtag to find fellow WriMos and word sprinters and proclaim your word count goals to the world. And, while you’re at it, tweet @maziebones, founder of MayNoWriMo, to say hi and let her know you’re taking part!


So… will you be taking part in MayNoWriMo this month? What will your goal be?

What else has been going on lately on the sprinting scene? Virtual Writers’ #wordscrim sprinting event has returned to Twitter! (What is the #wordscrim? Find out here.)

On Mondays and Wednesdays, we’ll be hosting the 30 minute #wordscrim from @TheSprintShack. Come join us at the following times for some sprinting fun!

GMT: 10 p.m.
EST: 5 p.m.
PST: 2 p.m.

If you have a spare moment at these times each week, love to word sprint and like to host your own sprints, consider contacting @virtualwriters about hosting a #wordscrim for one or more days each week. At the moment, the Sprint Shack have Mondays and Wednesdays covered, but other sprintmeisters are needed to host #wordscrims on the other days of the week. Would you be willing?


Will you be sprinting with us over on Twitter this week?

Sprint Watch! Where to Word Sprint this Camp NaNoWriMo

The halfway point of Camp NaNoWriMo approaches! Whether you’re on track, storming ahead or playing catch-up, there’s one thing that can give your word count a super-boost. Yep, you guessed it: the word sprint. There are so many of them going down this month that you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Here’s a recap of the various word sprinting events scheduled on Twitter this Camp NaNoWriMo. Some are planned, others spontaneous. Some are long, some are short. Some are recurring, while others are one-offs. Take your pick, write up a storm and, most importantly, enjoy yourself!


These events have been planned in advance, with their start and stop times predetermined. Some are one-off events, just for Camp, and others happen all year round. See if any take your fancy and let us know if you’re going to take part!

Camp NaNoWriMo and the #NaNoThon

What: Prepare yourself for an epic 8-hour writing marathon, courtesy of NaNoWriMo. Those word counts don’t stand a chance.

Where: Follow the #NaNoThon hashtag on Twitter for word sprint start and stop times and to report your word counts!

When: Saturday, April 12, from:

United Kingdom: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
US East Coast: 12 noon to 8 p.m.
US West Coast: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sprint Shack and the #TalesAndTea Party

What: You are cordially invited to our weekly word party, where we drink cup upon cup of delicious beverages (tea, coffee, the purest water from an enchanted spring—take your pick), eat scrumptious treats, and write many, many words. Sprints last for 20 minutes, with 10 minute breaks in between.

Where: Hosted by @TheSprintShack, you can follow the word sprint start and stop times and report your word counts using the #TalesAndTea hashtag.

When: Saturdays, all year round, from:

United Kingdom: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
US East Coast: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
US West Coast: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Friday Night Writes and #WriteClub

What: Every week, the doors to #WriteClub open, the writers of the world flood in, and the words flow out. Sprints last for 30 minutes, with 10 minute breaks in between, and run for a whopping (almost) 24 hours!

Where: Stay up-to-date with all the #WriteClub action using this hashtag and follow the host, @FriNightWrites, for sprint start and stop times.

When: Fridays, all year round, from:

United Kingdom: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.
US East Coast: 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
US West Coast: 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Remember: you don’t have to take part in the full length of the word sprinting events (e.g. if you join in #WriteClub, you don’t have to write for nearly 24 hours). Dip in and out as time and life allows!


These sprints are often spur of the moment, unplanned events. The start and stop times are announced by the host a short while in advance, so keep an eye out for them by searching for ongoing sprints using the popular sprinting hashtags listed on the Sprinting Resources page and following the frequent sprint-meisters listed below.


For more word sprinters, check out the Notable Sprinters page, and let us know if you spot any other frequent sprint hosts or events on Twitter! We’d love to add them to our list.


Will you be taking part in any of these events, or hosting your own this Camp NaNoWriMo?

Sprint Watch: Camp NaNo – April 1st Kick-Off Sprints!

Ah, spring time. The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and thousands of people are getting ready to embark on the maddening quest to write a LOT of words come April. That’s right, Camp NaNoWriMo is swiftly approaching and we here at the Sprint Shack are gearing up for all the fun that’s in store next month. We’re picking which projects we’ll be working on, figuring out our word count goals, and looking forward to cabin assignments.

And, of course, we’ll be doing what we do best: word sprinting.

To kick off Camp NaNo right this year, we’ll be hosting sprints on our Twitter account throughout the first day of Camp NaNo (April 1st)!

Here are the times we’ll be sprinting (we hope to add more times, but these are for sure our set sprinting times as of now):

2pm-4pm BST // 9am – 11am EDT // 6am – 8am PDT

5pm – 8pm BST // 12pm (noon)  – 3pm EDT // 9am – 12pm (noon) PDT

8pm – 11pm BST // 3pm – 6pm EDT // 12pm (noon) – 3pm PDT

12am (midnight) – 1am BST // 7pm – 8pm EDT // 4pm – 5pm PDT

1am – 2am BST // 8pm – 9pm EDT // 5pm – 6pm PDT

3am – 4am BST // 10pm-11pm EDT // 7pm – 8pm PDT

 4am – 6am BST // 11pm – 1am EDT // 8pm – 10pm PDT

We’ll be using the #SprintParty hashtag, so watch out for it!

Aside from the first day of Camp NaNo, we’ll also be hosting sprints throughout the entire month of April, so make sure you’re following us on Twitter!

Check back here for updates on our kick-off sprints!


Are you ready for Camp NaNo? What’s your word goal? What are you working on for April? Let us know in the comments below!


And here’s your Story Shuffle prompt for today!

Character: The ghost of a ghost-hunter
Setting: The Taj Mahal
Year/Era: Right after the first alien invasion
Item of interest: A mysterious parcel

Sprint Watch! The #10kWritathon

Hello and happy holidays, word sprinters! We hope your week has been full of cheer and a considerable helping of words, but if writing has been pushed to the sidelines lately, don’t feel too bad. We’ve spotted just the event to get you back on track.

On Sunday 29th December, word sprint legend Nicky Stephens (known on Twitter as @Rhapsody2312) has a mammoth writing marathon planned: the #10kWritathon. As you probably guessed by the name, the aim of the challenge is to write 10,000 words in one day, though if the thought of writing 10k makes you dizzy, feel free to aim for something lower.

Whatever your word count goal, Nicky has 12 hours of word sprinting games and challenges to help you reach it! Let’s take a peek at the schedule:

#10kWritathon Schedule for 29th December

If you have keen eyes, you may have noticed the hour gap between the Bestseller’s List and Dashing events–that’s the Freestyle hour, to do with as you choose. You could spend 15:00 to 16:00 catching up if you’re behind on your word count, taking a well-earned break, grabbing some food, updating the world with your progress… The possibilities are endless!

All times listed in the schedule above are for your local area, which gets around the time zone problems that usually plague planned sprinting events–for example, 9 a.m. in GMT would be 4 a.m. in EST, which, unless you’re a very early riser, isn’t the best time to be sprinting. Instead, you can do your writing marathon between the far more comfortable times of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. for where you live! Good, huh?

If you can’t do the full 12 hours, dip in and out of the word sprints as time permits. Don’t forget to check in with other sprinters throughout the day with the #10kWritathon hashtag and report your scores for each game so that a winner can be declared!

Have some unanswered questions? Leave a comment below or contact @Rhapsody2312 with your queries, and be sure to follow her on Twitter to stay updated on any future #10kWritathon events!

Finally, a message from the hostess:

For those who feel slightly intimidated by the idea of writing 10k in a day, may I just say that it doesn’t matter if you reach 10,000 words, or 10. The idea is to inspire you to write, and have fun while doing so. Even if all you manage is half an hour of the game that sounds the most fun to you, jump in whenever it suits you, post your word count on Twitter, and allow yourself to feel proud that you made the effort and are that much closer to reaching your writing goals.

This isn’t a race to the finish line. It’s a three-legged sprint designed to get your logic, your muse, and your motivation to work together without realising that’s what they’re doing. So have fun, and try not to drop those plot eggs. They’re fragile. ;D

Are you excited yet? We are! Will you be joining us on Sunday for the #10kWritathon?

UPDATE: Sprint Watch! Virtual Writers, Inc. and #Wordscrim Wednesday

UPDATE: Yesterday we announced that Virtual Writers, Inc. will be kicking off a 12 hour long round of word sprints. We heard back from them and are thrilled that these 12 hour writing marathons will actually be happening throughout the entire month of November!!

The sprinting will start on Wednesday, October 30th and then continue to take place each Wednesday throughout the month of November. This is perfect for NaNoWriMo. Plenty of opportunities to jump in for sprints and meet your word quotas.

As though we weren’t already excited for NaNo, now we have all these sprints to look forward to!

Here’s the sprinting schedule for the different time zones:

GMT: 12noon – 12midnight
EST: 7am – 7pm
PST: 4am – 4pm

Oh, and make sure to tag your word counts with the #wordscrim hashtag (short for “word scrimmage”) on Twitter so that Virtual Writers, Inc. can see how many words we all rack up!

Keep your eye on Sprint Shack and our Twitter account for more information about the event as time draws closer. We’ll even be hosting some of the sprints for the event over at @TheSprintShack.

In the meantime, check out Virtual Writers, Inc.’s blog post about the event and follow them on Twitter.

We can’t wait to see you all sprinting with us!

Sprint Watch! Virtual Writers, Inc. and #Wordscrim Wednesday

UPDATE: Please see our updated post about this sprinting event!

Hey, Word Sprinters!

We’re glad to announce another sprinting event. This morning, Virtual Writers, Inc. (@virtualwriters) tweeted about a massive 12-hour sprint coming on Wednesday, October 30. That’s half a day of sprinting goodness! Sprints will go for 30 minutes on the hour (so from :00 to :30) for a 12 hour stretch.

We’re waiting for more details (When exactly does the sprinting madness start, Virtual Writers? We’re already excited and are dying to know!) and will update this post when we know more. But the bottom line is: get ready for an unstoppable sprinting frenzy!!

The tweet announcing the sprint mentioned NaNoWriMo. This event would be an excellent opportunity to bulk up your word counts for NaNoWarmUp and OctoWriMo! Or at the very least, it will get your writing muscles in shape for NaNo when it starts in just a few weeks. So join in!

Will you be sprinting during this event?  Let us know in the comments so we can cheer you on while we sprint alongside you!

Make sure to follow @virtualwriters on Twitter and check back here for more information on this awesome word sprinting event.

Sprint Watch! #OctoWriMo and #NaNoWarmUp

Welcome back! Thanks for stopping by again, or if you’re just checking us out, thanks for your interest! I know we promised a fantastic post by the lovely Taylor Eaton (and there is certainly one coming), but first thing’s first: we’re on Sprint Watch, and we’ve sighted two awesome word count initiatives for the month of October!

It’s no secret that avid sprinters are crazy motivated, but it seems like our fellow word counters are stepping their writing goals up a bit this year. Normally, we’re all fidgeting anxiously by now, awaiting NaNoWriMo with chewed up pencils and caffeine at the ready. Maybe some of us are scribbling away at outlines, while others are preparing mentally to tackle the 50k word challenge from scratch. But this year, others are so excited for NaNoWriMo that they’ve started a month early!


The first sighting was that of #NaNoWarmUp, an awesome exercise in which writers stretch their literary muscles and take their characters for a jog around the block to prepare for November. The challenge: write 25k words, roughly 806 per day, in the month of October. That’s half of NaNoWriMo!

The #NaNoWarmUp challenge is the brainchild of Kat Zhang and Savannah J. Foley of the Pub(lishing) Crawl blog. Sprinters who participate on Twitter and on the NaNoWarmUp blog itself can earn some serious wordsmithing cred as well as fun goodies, such as free books!

But if you’re one of those awe-inspiring writers who bowls over the 50k minimum every NaNo, 25k may be a piece of cake. So, if you’re looking for an even tougher challenge, you might want to consider trying…


Just flat-out impatient for NaNoWriMo to start? That’s okay—it’s awesome, and we’re eagerly awaiting it too! If you’re about done tapping your foot, you can hop in on #OctoWriMo for a 50k writing challenge and earn your #NaNoWarmUp trophy in the process.

This hashtag was created by Katie O’Shea, who apparently decided two books are better than one and took it into her own hands to extend NaNoWriMo to October. Participants can write one 50k book in October and one in November, or write one longer novel over the two month span. The original rules for NaNoWriMo are that you begin and finish a book of a minimum of 50k words, but who will know if you just continue your #OctoWriMo project? We won’t, unless you confess. ;)

Katie also provides some fun giveaways on her blog to participating sprinters, so be sure to check it out!

Are you as excited as we are? We’re already well into October, but with numerous #WriteClubs and other planned sprints ahead, there’s still time to get cracking on your October NaNo feats! If you don’t have time, that’s okay, but we expect to see you in November. ;)