I’ve mentioned before that myWriteClub is one of my favorite writing resources. I first heard of it over on Ava Jae’s blog, where she wrote a post about it. Since then, I’ve used mWriteClub to track my progress and keep myself motivated to finish my projects (follow me!).
If you’re not using myWriteClub, you really should be. It has a commenting feature where people can provide encouragement and spur you onward, a nifty colored bar that fills up as you write, and an amazing new feature I never would have known about without Ava Jae–myWriteClub supports personal and global word sprints!
For those of you unfamiliar with the term word sprints, I’m talking about writing in short bursts, setting a timer for say, fifteen minutes, and writing as much as you can without stopping until the timer goes off. Word sprints are an excellent way to get through a first draft, and I never would have been able to finish writing Blood and Water without them. Before MyWriteClub, I used either a physical timer (which was okay) or Write or Die (which wasn’t great, as I’ve since learned I don’t do well with negative stiumli). For some reason, timed writing leads to serious productivity for me, so myWriteClub’s word sprint feature is an absolute godsend.
Just this past week, I used myWriteClub’s global sprinting feature to write 2K words in less than an hour each day. How amazing is that?? And the cool thing about myWriteClub (well, one of them) is that the program gives you a star for each 100 words you reach. Positive reinforcement! I love it.
It’s free to sign up for myWriteClub, and it’s only in the beta stage, but it looks promising! If you give it a try, let me know what you think! And feel free to add me. 🙂
How do you feel about writing sprints?
Are you a fan of writing sprints? Find out how @brianawrites is using them and myWriteClub to write more! (Click to tweet)
This past week was pretty hectic. I’m trying to finish everything I have to do for finals and prepare for graduation (which is Saturday, May 10!), and I’ve almost forgotten it’s time for another Lovely Links post. In honor of my graduation, you get five more links than usual:
- Reader Questions Answered: All Things Blogging
- How I Organize My Blog – And My Life!
- Giveaway: Anne Brashares’ Latest Book
- 10 Not So Obvious Blogging Tips
- Writing Every Day Will Change Your Life
- The Hardest Part of Writing Really Well
- How to Complete Every Writing Project You Start: Become a Completion Addict
- The Perfect Workspace (According to Science)
- How to Make Cuts Without Losing Anything Useful
Go forth and learn, my friends!
Side note: I am currently in the market for freelance clients. Let me know if you’ve been searching for a writer! If you’d like to see my work, check out the portfolio link at the top of the blog.