5000 Words Per Hour Write Faster, Write Smarter

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A minimalist technique based on Sprint writing. Which is actually quite good: write for 5 minutes everyday without interruption. Then increase to 10 min after one week.
That's an interesting experiment.
It reminds me I used to do that: just write what comes to mind, and try to catch up as my thoughts are flying all over the room. It was pretty funny, I miss it.
This gives me an idea. I could set up a plan to stick with this technique. How could I say I don't have 5 min a day for this?


I went from never writing more than two hundred words a day to never less than three thousand.
This system is all about incremental improvements. Start small and dream big.

Chapter 1- Micro Sprints

The writing sprint is the most vital skill you'll gain from this book.
there are things you need to know first to make your sprints effective. Things like tracking your progress, like clearing the decks so you aren't distracted when a sprint begins. You need to organize your scene(s) before you start a writing sprint so that you know exactly what it is you're going to write. It would also be helpful if you knew about voice dictation, one of the most powerful weapons in a writer's arsenal.

What is a Writing Sprint?

A writing sprint is, quite simply, a pre-defined length of time where you will do nothing but write.
Once a sprint begins your fingers fly across the keyboard until you are finished. You do not stop. You do not go back and edit.

How can Sprints Help You?

The goal of a writing sprint is to get you into the flow state, where your brain will naturally focus on an activity you are good at to the exclusion of all else.
Writing sprints will help you get into flow state on command.

Sidebar: The 5k Per Hour app

The app will run the timers for your sprints, but it does a lot more than that. It tracks word counts, start and end time, and calculates both WPH (words per hour) and WPD (words per day).

Your First Micro Sprint

Your micro sprint will last for exactly five minutes.

  1. Open your word processor of choice to a blank document
  2. Turn off wifi and/or internet on your computer.
  3. Put on mood music appropriate to the scene you're about to write.
  4. Jot down a quick paragraph describing the scene or topic you're about to write about. These words do not count towards the micro sprint.

You're going to write straight through.


The goal, at first, is quantity over quality.
You need to train yourself to generate a massive volume of text without editing it.
You may be asking what the point is if the writing you've turned out is utter crap. There are several massive advantages:

  1. The vast majority of writers will never finish a short story. Teaching yourself to write in sprints will propel you to the end of your project.
  2. you pick out common problems in your writing that show up over and over. Things like word re-use, character tics and all sorts of other problems. Once you see those tendencies you'll automatically begin to compensate, and future drafts will be better while still being written at high speed.
  3. You complete entire novels by cranking out thousands of words each and every day. As of this writing I've written seven novels. Every last one has massively improved my skills, and I now crank out better novels faster than ever. The endless tinkerers I know have inevitably never finished anything. They agonize over the same page or chapter for months, tweaking each word until it's as perfect as it can get.

Words Per Hour

This is critical, because the thing that will keep you coming back to the keyboard every day is progress. If you know you're improving you'll be inspired to keep working. This is why it's so vital to track everything.
What can be tracked can be improved.

Once you've mastered 5 minutes for a week we'll take it to 10. Eventually you'll reach 30, which is my optimum sprint length.

Chapter 2- Tortoise Enclosure