Welcome to the Six-Week Writing Sprint (How the Sprint Works)

Welcome to the six-week writing sprint

Now that I’ve gotten the magical systems, Five Worlds, and virtually the foundation laid out for the Elementals Universe, I’ve evolved into embarking on the six-week writing sprint. A tactic I did not utilize when I wrote the first three books in Elementals of Nordica.

So what is the six-week writing sprint?

It’s a little challenge to write and complete the first draft of my Renegades Epic project – Tarja Titan – slated to be released in March 2022.

Since I’ve taken Elementals of Nordica through a substantial round of edits, especially Wind Wielder, which I’m already handing ARCs out for, I finally got to get to work on Book I of a series I started planning back in March following my reading of the Windhaven Witches by Carissa Andrews.

Six-Week Writing Sprint: The Process

Tarja Titan
Tarja Titan was the first book I wrote using the six-week writing sprint process.

Every day during the six-week writing sprint, I conducted an editing session BEFORE continuing my first draft. For example, if I wrote twenty pages of text on Day 1, I edited those twenty pages on Day 2 before beginning another round of writing, often between 10 and 20 pages apiece, or 3,000 to 6,000 words.

Since I projected the final product of Tarja Titan to be in the 70,000 to 80,000-word range, the case for most of my books and 10 pages equal roughly 3,000 words, the average being 4,500 new words of text if I could get there, I expected it to take at least 18 days to hit my target zone.

However, we’re talking about the first draft here, and often, my first drafts reach between 90,000 and 100,000 words. Wind Wielder hit the 103,000-word milestone before I cut 25,000 words over several edits. That said, it took me about 28 days following the above process, at an average of 4,500 words per day.

But again, it’s only an average. Since I worked three long days a week during the early stages of this experiment, I often scraped the 3,000-word mark on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

I also read and write for my own book review blog. And since I wrote today’s post around the NFL season, I was also busy preparing contributions to an Arizona Cardinals fan blog under Sion Fawkes. Yeah, my main character’s first and middle names from Elementals of Nordica!

Update

Tarja Titan topped out at just 69,000 words, and after my first two edits of the work, I cut it down to 66,000, slightly below my 70,000 to 80,000 average. Unlike Wind Wielder, which was chock-full of mistakes even well into 2021, the six-week writing sprint made Tarja Titan almost error-free after just two drafts. That says a lot about the six-week process.

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What Comes After the Six-Week Writing Sprint?

Wind Wielder: Elementals of Nordica, Book I
Wind Wielder was the first book I completed, and it was a marathon instead of a sprint.

First and foremost, I put Tarja Titan aside for a few weeks, and I reverted to another proofread of Wind Wielder. The proof wasn’t necessary to change things up at the time, but mainly to ensure my plot stays the course in Wind Master and Wind Keeper.

I took the latter two through at least one more readthrough, two readthroughs for Wind Master since I’m aiming for the book to be on Kindle Unlimited come February 2022, with ARCs for Wind Wielder going out to readers in October 2021.

After each six-week writing sprint, I reverted to older works before returning to newer ones for another round of editing. After putting Wind Master and Wind Keeper through extensive readthroughs, I went back to editing Titan. And to be honest, it required little editing, meaning it put me on the cusp in November 2021 of sending out ARCs for the work. One full month earlier than I anticipated.

I edited Titan, and after doing so, I embarked on a mini six-week writing sprint cycle – the ten-day-writing-rush, to work on a perma-free funnel novella, Liza Fury. While at the same time providing another extensive edit to Wind Keeper.

Update

The six-week sprint also gave me time to write the first draft for Chronicles of Rondure, Civil War, which I completed in just four weeks. This told me that as I and you, if you follow the same process, get used to the six-week sprint, you can mold it into a turnaround time between four and five weeks.

This gives you more time to write, less time needed to edit (with fewer typos and plot holes), and more time to market those books.

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What Does the Six-Week Writing Sprint Lead To?

Liza Fury
Liza Fury is my funnel book taking part in the six-week writing sprint. But since it’s a novella, I can cut the time to just three weeks.

Something I’ve craved for a while: Results! I’ve noticed that with the six-week writing sprint, my writing has become much more efficient, and I’m much more likely to crush my self-imposed deadlines.

Now, if you work with an editor, you can still engage in this process. Odds are it will make the editor’s life as easy as your own. And with fewer words to turn in, plus a more complete story, it leaves the editor with more time to focus on books besides your own – meaning it will cost you less money to invest in professional editing skills.

Here is my list of first drafts I have written with the six-week writing sprint and the months in which I wrote them:

  1. Tarja Titan: August/September – Release Date: March 2022
  2. Lost World Chronicles: October – Release Date: Late 2022
  3. Civil War – Release Date: April 2022
  4. Liza Fury (three-week) Release Date: November 2021

What the Writing Sprint Leads To

I also wrote, edited, and launched the prequel to Civil War – Chronicles of Rondure – in just 10 days. I also wrote the first draft and underwent three edits of Braden Hawk in the same timeframe. Both are now my most popular reader magnets.

The six-week writing sprint is also for you if you’re interested in either rapid-publishing or writing full-time and need to churn out new releases within a specific timeframe – such as between 5 and 10 books per year. This is also good for readers constantly craving new material.

If you can turn the six-week writing sprint into a six-week book launch sprint, then you will be far ahead of the game. That’s 9 books per year.

And for you, it means more books and time with your favorite characters. And one step closer to leaving the rat race that may comprise your day job.

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Conclusion

Overall, the six-week writing sprint isn’t something that you will accomplish overnight. Wind Wielder and my first three works in the Elementals of Nordica Series were marathons, and they were wrought with mistakes. So when it came around to writing Tarja Titan, I knew enough was enough, which brought about the writing sprint.

Since I plan on rapidly publishing different series using the same magical systems in 2022 and beyond, adopting this tactic was well worth it. It will grant a readership since, in today’s binge society, readers want to get behind works that they will get a lot of. And the six-week writing sprint promises that.

Post Updated: November 2nd, 2021. 

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