Calling all Twitterers! Tweeters! Tweeps?!
Whatever you choose to answer to, listen up. We've (and by we, I mean two other people, not me :) I just came in on the newness of it) set up a most awesome hashtag on Twitter for word sprints.
It's called #wordmongering.
It is a simple 30-minute race of sorts. At the top of each hour, or on the half hour, depending on where it starts that day. Someone says GO and you're off. Thirty solid minutes of pounding out words, without editing (if you can) or however you write best. When the time's up, you report back with your word count, using the #wordmongering hashtag. It's competitive, but more than that it's fun and encouragement. We celebrate everyone's progress, and you'd be surprised how easy your word count will jump.
Then we take the second thirty minutes as down time to go do whatever needs doing or to edit or to chat on Twitter about it, whatever...it's just a break. Then it's time to go again. You can bail out for a couple of hours and come back later. What started as just a few people has quickly grown, so there are people participating pretty much around the clock now. More than likely, it will get to a point where alternating groups (a group at :00, a group at :30) go so people don't have to wait if they miss their time.
I actually write faster and better if I do longhand first, so this has been challenging for me. I may switch things out here and there and try doing it longhand and just reporting pages. It doesn't matter, there isn't a measuring stick or anything, it's just a tool to get you writing.
You can set up your TweetDeck or whatever dashboard you use, for the hashtag so finding wordmongering tweeps is easy!
Come join us!! #wordmongering