Forum Friday: Do you write in sprints or marathons?

What I mean by that is, Do you power-write in quick bursts (say, 300-500 words in an hour) or are you more likely to stake a place in a café or library for the day and work at a slower but steadier pace?

I think this is an especially relevant topic as the ~1,700 word-a-day madness that is Nanowrimo approaches. Tell us what works best for you!


10 responses to “Forum Friday: Do you write in sprints or marathons?”

  1. Sprints have always worked best for me, although I’ve worked up my brain muscles to make those “sprints” longer and longer. Marathons are sort of a luxury and only happen once in a blue moon when I’m really engrossed in whatever I’m writing–usually only happens in the firs 25k. But yeah, sprints are great because they give me a chance to give my brain a break every once in a while. I think I naturally conditioned myself to them while trying to write in between school and work. My productivity in those days was pretty amazing haha.

    1. Oh yes. What’s that saying? “If you want something done, ask a busy person”? There’s no better training for sprints than necessity!

  2. Since I rarely have more than an hour to write, I’m a sprinter who would rather run a marathon. I’ve tried NaNoWriMo a couple of times and have yet to succeed simply because I don’t have the time to write that many words in that time frame. That I can’t turn off my internal editor doesn’t help.

    1. Oof, I am just the same. I think I’ve gotten better about letting the first draft lie and just throwing words out on the page, but being a natural editor definitely slows a writer down!

  3. I guess I’m a sprinter, although it feels reeeeally slow while I’m doing it. I try to write 1k per day, and that usually takes me about 2 hours of active writing (plus 3 hours of bitching and moaning and procrastinating ahead of time haha).

    1. LOL, that sounds about right. Maybe some of those other 3 hours is something that starts as research or visiting the thesaurus and becomes a tour of internet distraction 😉

  4. I write the same way I run, distance over speed. That being said, I can run 10km in under 46 minutes if I go all out. Writing is the same for me, at least on a good day. I suppose I bulk up on ideas and scenarios, play them out inside my head and when they click together I write it out in a mild frenzy. Perhaps not the most efficient method as it tends to involve a lot of staring at blank pages haha.

    1. “Mild frenzy.” Ha…hahaha…Yes. I think this describes writing quite well (far beyond the mad sprint on the page)! Thanks for sharing, Fredrik!

  5. Most days, I sprint through marathons.

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