Novel Kicks Writing Room – NaNoWriMo Writing Sprint

Through November, I take part in National Novel Writing Month.

The idea, if you’ve never heard of it, is to write 50,000 words in thirty days.

That works out to about 1,667 words per day. This is what I usually aim for as a minimum, but I also don’t go over by much. Why? I like the community of the event. I like reaching that last 1,667 on or around 30thNovember. I’ve rushed through it before, and it wasn’t as exciting. One year, I had finished by 18th November and there was such an anti-climactic feeling of “oh, OK. What now?”

No, I much prefer to take it slow. 1,667 words a day is manageable to me. That’s not to say that it always comes easy. Some days, it takes me all afternoon to reach that target.

Finishing early is a bad thing. It just doesn’t work for me. What is good for you is the most important thing.

One of the things I have found helpful is writing sprints. These are made up of small writing challenges. They are usually based on a theme and do require a little imagination. If you want to see more examples, click here. I find them so helpful and fun. They have helped me improve my word output on more than one occasion.

Today, I have written a mini sprint, based on the theme of NaNoWriMo. They are usually longer but this one will hopefully help you reach around 1,667 words. Even if you’re not doing NaNoWriMo, it’s a great tool to get some words written. If you do attempt this, I’d love to know how you got on in the comments.


OK, here we go.


It’s day one of NaNoWriMo. Sprint to 100 words whilst you settle into the challenge and get everything you need.

Congratulations, you’ve earnt your first badge. Set your alarm for two minutes and write whilst you update your word count.

  • If you managed over 200 words, write to the nearest hundred.
  • If you wrote under 200 words, write for an additional two minutes.


You’ve updated your word count. Write to the nearest hundred.

Oh no. Your computer has crashed, and you’ve lost that days’ work. Write 500 words whilst you try and recover it.

It’s the end of week one. If your current word count ends with an even number, write that many words in hundreds. For example, if it ends with a two, write 200 words.

If it ends with an odd number, write double that number in hundreds (so if it’s three, write 600 words.)

You’re halfway through the month. Write to the nearest thousand whilst you celebrate.

It’s week three. You’ve fallen slightly behind. To get back on track, you take part in a local/online write in. Write 300 words.

It’s the final week. You’re almost there. Write for five minutes as you race toward that finish line.

And you’re done. Write 100 words whilst everyone sends their congratulations.


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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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