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Write Faster with Video Writing Sprints — It’s Magic!

Does this sound like you: You think about your novel constantly. It’s all you ever seem to think about, but the emotions it brings to mind aren’t the excited ones you started with. Instead, you feel run-down, worn out, overwhelmed by the thought of having to actually write your book. You want to make writing fun again!

You Need to Have Some Fun to Write Faster

Maybe you’ve got a day job, and while you’re at work, all you do is daydream about the future where your novel is done, published, and readers are raving about it all over Goodreads.

But, when you get home from work, or get the kids to bed, or your errands done… you stare at a computer screen and nothing happens. You’re exhausted. You’re procrastinating. Somewhere along the way, you’ve even lost your creativity. You’re stuck.

And you’re probably asking yourself WHY and HOW because it used to be such an amazing heart-wish to write your novel. It used to make you giddy with excitement. It used to not make you feel like such a failure who can’t help but procrastinate.

  • Why can’t you get any writing done?
  • How could something you love so much, think about so often, be so freaking impossible?

Has Writing Felt Un-Fun Lately?

Because it’s isolating.

Writing is, by nature, a solitary activity. It can be incredibly isolating and lonely, especially if all you see of other writers is how many words they got done this week or how many people watch their author Instagram stories. It’s hard to have fun when you’re the only one at the party.

Even introverts—most writers!—benefit from the occasional social interaction. Even better if they can have that interaction from the familiarity of their own home. Maybe you’re thinking, Nah, being alone when I write is my me-time. I like it this way. Great! The solution isn’t to go sit in a crowded cafe and write while your latte goes cold.

The solution is a lot more fun, and it helps you write faster, too.

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Video Writing Sprints Help You Write Faster Because They Make it Fun

How can you stay in your pajamas + have (not-too-much) social interaction + make writing fun again (and thus write faster)? Jump on a video sprint with 1 or more of your favorite writing buddies!

What are video writing sprints?

Imagine taking the excitement of a regular writing sprint (where you set a timer for, say, 25 minutes, and then do nothing but write until the timer goes off) and add in the accountability and social interaction of a video chat. That’s what video sprints are. You grab a couple of your favorite writing friends, hop on a video call, and sprint together.


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Video writing sprints help make writing fun again in 3 ways. They:

  1. Keep you accountable because you can’t screw around without someone else seeing it
  2. Make writing feel less isolating because there are several of you all working hard at the same time
  3. Give you social interaction and an emotional boost during breaks, when you all get to share what you got done last sprint and what you’re working on

PS: Want to make more writing friends? Join me on Instagram and tag me @hollyostara or use hashtag #booksandalchemy. Come meet other other writers and creative entrepreneurs and let’s raise this community up!

How to Do Video Writing Sprints So They Help You Write Faster

Video writing sprints are super easy to get started. You just need a friend, a time, and video chat software.

Video Chat Options

There are tons of options for you, but here are some of the most common:

  • Facetime — Everyone must be an Apple user, but it works on desktop/laptop, phone, and iPad. They now have group calls available in the iOS 12.1 update. 
  • Google Hangouts —  Free for group chats. The host needs a Gmail or G-Suite account, but I don’t think anyone else does. You need to install a plugin on your browser. The quality is usually good.
  • Skype — I hate Skype so I won’t even link it. I am constantly getting spam from people who want to sell me porn or steal my account + the call quality is always low. But it’s an option if you haven’t had the issues I do.
  • Slack — I haven’t used Slack for video chats, but I know the text chats are popular. (I prefer Discord for text chats.)
  • Zoom — This is what I use. The free plan lets you chat with up to 100 people for 40 minutes. Once those 40 minutes are up, you can just close it out and start a new room easy peasy. If there are just two of you (1-on-1 meeting) then there’s no time limit. $15/mo to upgrade to the paid plan.
  • Discord — When I first wrote this post, Discord didn’t really have a viable video chat. It’s better now. If you’re an early adopter like moi and you really love hanging out in Discord, this is a perfect place to host writing sprints.
  • GoBrunch (2024 update) — I’m about to start doing community writing sprints on this platform so if you want to join those, subscribe to my list where I don’t email you a ton and you get access to things like that. And oh look, a form to opt-in is right here. ⤵
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I like having weekly standing video sprint dates with writing partners. It exponentially boosts wordcount output!

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PS — 🩵 When it feels right, here are 3 ways I can help you turn the page:

  1. The Book Map. Imagine having a GPS for your book-writing journey, guiding you from “I think I have an idea!” all the way to “OMG, I did it! I wrote a book!” That’s what the Book Map can do for you. It’s a supercharged roadmap for your writing journey. It’s not just about outlining chapters; it’s about diving deep into what you want to say and the best way to say it, ensuring every word pulls its weight. You’re not just writing a book; you’re crafting a masterpiece that feels as if it almost writes itself. Ready to make your book dream a reality? Let’s Book Map it!
  2. One-to-One Book Coaching. I have a vision of changing the world one book at a time, by teaching world-changers to create a book in a gentler, more effective way. A way that takes both you and your reader on a profound journey. I see a future where we build trust in our words, worlds, and work with our books, and where the world becomes a better place because of the books we write. My commitment is to bring to life books—fiction and nonfiction—founded on integrity. I’ll bring the map, and you’ll take us on the journey. If you’re ready to change the world with your book, your quest awaits. Apply for a free discovery call here. It takes 3 minutes.
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Holly Ostrout is a book coach with a vision of changing the world one book at a time, by teaching big-idea entrepreneurs, coaches, speakers, and authors to create a book in a gentler, more effective way. A way that takes both you and your reader on a profound journey.
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Hi I’m Holly. If you’re going to change the world with your book, fiction or nonfiction, I can help you do it.

I'm a book coach for high-achieving, creative coaches, consultants, service providers, speakers, and authors who want to build a sustainable business around their book—whether that’s fiction or nonfiction.

I help you share your wisdom, ideas, and gifts by writing & publishing a life-changing book that helps you streamline your business, bring in more money, and change more lives.

I believe books are the most important human invention. And yours can change the world.

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