Goodbye #TNightSprints; Hello #TuesAMSprints!

Hey there, word sprinters!

It’s with half regret, half pleasure that we’re here to inform you that we will no longer be hosting #TNightSprints on our Twitter account and will be replacing it with another weekly sprinting event. It’s been almost a year since we started running #TNightSprints, and while we are no longer able to host it, we thank you for joining us in our many productive Tuesday and Thursday night sessions!

Cristina’s schedule has changed, leaving her with more writing time in the morning than at night. So without further ado, we’re introducing #TNightSprints’s replacement: #TuesAMSprints!

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Cristina will be hosting sprints from @TheSprintShack every Tuesday morning from 6:30 am EST to 7:30 am EST to give you fellow morning writers an extra boost (especially helpful if your motivation is usually lacking on Mondays)! For those of you who are voraciously productive in the mornings, these sprints directly follow those hosted by the @5amWritersClub and finish with only a half hour to go before @Novel_Adventure‘s morning sprints… this way, you can knock out ALL THE WORDS between 5 am and 10 am EST! (That’s 5 hours of writing. If you have that much time on a weekday to write, we salute and envy you).

We hope to see you out there for some early writing! If you can’t make #TuesAMSprints, remember to check out our Sprinting Schedules page to find sprints that work for your routine.

Happy sprinting!

Get Ready—We’re Hosting a #10KWritAThon!

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Just a little over a year ago, the awesome Nicky Stephens wrote a guest post for us on her latest word sprinting feat, the #10KWritAThon. The #10KWritAThon, as the name suggests, is a writing marathon and word sprinting event on Twitter in which the goal is to write 10,000 words over the course of a day. Since then, writers across Twitter have picked up on the challenge, hosting some of their own and gathering fellow word sprinting fiends to partake with them (we hear Get Wordies is going to be hosting a few for Camp NaNoWriMo and regular NaNoWriMo this year, and you can find the schedule here).

On Sunday, March 1st, we’re kicking the month off with a #10KWritAThon of our own! Join us for a day of word sprinting and crank out your own 10,000 words, or write what you can. We’ll have a bunch of goodies to inspire and motivate you, including writing prompts, competitive wordscrims, and maybe even some cute pictures of baby animals as rewards for your word sprinting prowess.

We’ll develop a full schedule as the date draws closer and will update this post with information, so check back soon! Full details will also be posted to our Upcoming Sprints page. To prepare, check out our own Faye Kirwin’s article on InfoBarrel, How To: Write 10,000 Words In A Day!

Happy writing, and see you March 1st!

#SundayScribes – Sunday Word Sprints

SundayScribesHey there word sprinters! We’ve made it half way through #NaNoWriMo. Congrats! But in order to keep our writing strong, we’ve added a new weekly sprinting event to our roster: #SundayScribes! Every Sunday, Sprint Shack co-founder Taylor will be hosting an hour of word sprints on our Twitter account. Join us at @TheSprintShack every Sunday for some weekend writing.

GMT: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
EST:
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
PST: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Wrap up the weekend with an hour of creativity-boosting word sprints!

For more information on word sprinting and how to join in, check out our FAQ page.

Tuesday & Thursday #TNightSprints

tnightsprintsHey there word sprinters, and happy Thursday! We’re here to announce a new sprinting event taking place twice weekly on our very own Twitter account. Join us at @TheSprintShack every Tuesday and Thursday nights for some word sprinting goodness at the following times and use the hashtag #TNightSprints to report and compare word counts!

GMT: 2 a.m. – 3 a.m.
EST:
9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
PST: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

It can be tough to come home and write at the end of a long day, but that’s what the sprinting community is here for! Unwind from the day’s work with some good company, writing, and inspiration. Sprints will typically be led by Cristina throughout the hour with a 20 minute sprint at the top of the hour, a 10 minute break, and a 30 minute sprint to finish strong from :30 to :00.

For more information on word sprinting and how to join in, check out our FAQ page.

We hope to see you there!

Sprint to the Finish Line Party

We’re entering the final stretch, WriMos. The end is in sight, that beautiful, luminous finish line glinting in the distance. For some, it’s so close you can feel its golden glow. For others, it’s a far-off glimmer and beckons you onwards. Regardless of where you are and how far you have to go, we at the Sprint Shack want to see you reach your NaNoWriMo goals. To help you there, we’re planning a spectacular final push, a day of word sprints that will send you soaring across the finish line. Appropriately, we call it: the Sprint to the Finish Line Party!

What?

To get you to the word count you need, we’ll be hosting word sprints of varying lengths all day. Every time someone wins NaNoWriMo, we’ll do a happy dance in their honour.

When?

Saturday 30th November, from midday to midnight GMT / 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST / 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST.

Where?

The party will be hosted on Twitter from @TheSprintShack, using the #SprintParty hashtag.

Who?

Through the Sprint Shack account, word sprints will be hosted by:

Faye Kirwin: 12 noon – 3 p.m. GMT / 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. EST / 4 a.m. – 7 a.m. PST

Cristina Guarino: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. GMT / 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST / 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. PST

Taylor Eaton: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. GMT / 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST

Faye Kirwin: 9 p.m. – 12 midnight GMT / 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. EST / 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. PST

Why?

We want to help you succeed at NaNoWriMo, even if it seems like it’s impossible for you to win. The Sprint to the Finish Line Party is a way to beat the odds, win NaNoWriMo and celebrate with your writing comrades. On Saturday 30th, we’ll leave our doubts in the dust as we sprint for the finish line.

Just remember: with the right motivation, even the slowest writer can make a spectacular comeback and break 50k. The Sprint Shack will be there to offer that motivation. Will you be there to give it a home?

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How far do you have to go to reach your NaNoWriMo target? And will you be joining us in our Sprint to the Finish Line Party?

Twitter #TalesAndTea Party

The #TalesAndTea Party: 2 hours of word sprints and tea, every Saturday at @TheSprintShack.Are you a word sprint addict and need a steady stream of writing marathons to keep you going? Have no fear. The Sprint Shack has a new fix for you—the Twitter #TalesAndTea Party. Because that’s another thing that most writers have a slightly-more-than-healthy intake of each day: caffeinated beverages. Tea. Coffee. Pure caffeine in a drip. Take your pick.

So what is the #TalesAndTea Party?
Essentially, it’s a word sprint marathon, held between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. GMT (that’s 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST and 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. PST), every Saturday. Starting on the hour, each sprint lasts for 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minute break (just long enough to brew a cuppa). That means your fingers should be poised, ready to write, at :00 and :30 during the two hours of the sprinting party. Of course, you don’t have to take part in all the word sprints. Jump in and out as you please!

So thats the tales sorted, but where does the ‘tea party’ bit come in?
This is my favourite part. While the sprints go on, treat yourself to a pot of tea (or your writing beverage of choice) and some yummy snacks (think pastries, cakes, scones and crumpets), and tweet what delicious drinks you’re sipping and what delectable foodstuffs you’re nibbling on to @TheSprintShack, along with your word count for each sprint! You can use the #TalesAndTea hashtag to find fellow Tea Party-ers and report your word count too.

Simple—and scrumptious—enough? Then come join us on Twitter for two hours of tea and text!

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Will you be attending the Twitter #TalesAndTea Party next Saturday? What drink will be fuelling your sprints?