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5 Reasons to Try a Writing Sprint!

Writers! Let's face it: sometimes it's tough to set aside time to do what we love the most—write. Our lives drive us in other directions. Life gets busy. We don't feel like it. Or we face the dreaded block. However, writing doesn't have to be a chore. If you want to get words down and hold yourself accountable, here are five reasons why you should try a writing sprint.

1. You Make Time

Writing sprints help you block out time, which often can slip away from you throughout a workday, school day, or just a regular life day. If you can direct 20 or 30 minutes a few times a week to jotting down some lines, you're setting yourself up for success in the long run.

Making a writing sprint part of your routine can help you be a better, more disciplined writer too. It gives you time to breathe, to concentrate on your craft, to beef up your word count—and then go about your day afterward.

2. You Write Words

During a writing sprint, your goal is to write. That means typing or hand-writing (or voice recording if you prefer that) for the duration of the sprint. Often, I set a time limit—say, 20 minutes. I create a timer on my phone or watch for that limit and then dive in.

I don't worry about what I'm writing. Instead, I just focus on getting words down—and that should be your only mission. The joy of a sprint is you can write about whatever you want—a new scene for your story, an opening paragraph, a closing thread. No pressure. Just write and enjoy the journey!

3. You Improve Your Mood

Writers often feel better simply through the act of writing. Studies have shown that expressive writing—or writing down your thoughts and feelings—can lead to healthier, happier outlooks on life as well.

If you're feeling down about something, explore your feelings during a writing sprint. You might improve your mood just by writing about it.

4. You Reach Goals

If you're like me, setting goals is easy, but following through isn't always. A writing sprint focuses you on the present, on the act of writing, and can help you stay true to your writing path. If your goal is to write 1,000 words a week, a writing sprint can help you get there, and help you feel more confident in crossing that finish line. With every word you write, you are one word closer to a conclusion.

5. You Leave a Mark

After a writing sprint, you might want to encourage other writers by sharing about your achievement, however big or small. Telling others about the benefits of a writing sprint may in turn inspire them to give it a try. Who knows? It could lead to a new, fun daily habit for both of you.

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