I used to look askance at the sprints – large and small – which I saw people chatting about. My initial reaction was: Writing is a solitary endeavor, so just do it by yourself and keep it to yourself. But after I accepted an invitation from a colleague for a small group sprint one evening in late May 2013, I was hooked. In that hour, I had produced nearly 1600 words on a story which I otherwise would not have gotten back to in who-knows-when.
Chatting about that experience (and perhaps several afterwards), I kind of stumbled into a separate group (previously begun by one of my Astraea Press colleagues) which she calls the Write-A-Thon. In that space, she – and, now, many others of us who’ve gotten involved – post our progress on certain projects, our daily word production (if notable), and (of course) our word counts from various sprints, including the main weekly one (to be explained below).
For a look at my earlier thoughts about sprinting, please take at look at my blog from August 2013: http://fourfoxesonehound.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/sprinting-with-my-fingers/
Sprints as a Writing Challenge
The Write-A-Thon group/thread had been going on for quite some time, I believe, before I paid any attention to it – for the reasons I indicated above. But I was so jazzed by my experience in that very first small group sprint that I was yakking about it on the AP group for several weeks. Around Aug. 1, I believe, our weekly sprinting adventure had been invited to migrate to the Write-A-Thon group/thread as a convenient venue.
We don’t have an official name, but since I became involved I’ve been calling it the “Yee-Haw AP Weekly Sprint”. [No particular reason] Some participants use part of that name, but I suspect many people think of it as the Write-A-Thon Sprint