10K Day: Not Sure What to Write About? No Worries!

A 10K DAY has a way of building on its own momentum. But you’ve got to start somewhere, right? Don’t let that initial Blank Mind Syndrome stand in your way!

Whether or not you decide to participate in the 10K Day, this post will help—especially if you fall into one of the following categories:

(a) You have writer’s block aka fear of writing

(b) You’re working on a major project (eg. your first novel) but have trouble getting back in the writing groove each time you take a break from it

(c) You don’t have a major, or even a minor, project and you’re sorely in need of some new material to work on

(d) You want to use your 10K Day to write something a bit different to what you usually write

(e) You hit a wall during your 10K Day and you need something fun to get your word count flowing again.

Here are some simple things that will give you something to write about, plus some ways to break through your blocks and actually start writing:

Four sample writing prompts from my book, Fear of Writing

— A new prompt I’ve created entitled Sparkling Beasts and Glimmering Gods

10 Tips for Using the Fertile Material Writing Prompts

Travel Writer Crash Course

Are you ready to participate in the next 10K Day? Check for this month’s dates in the right sidebar of the blog. Or subscribe to the blog for 10K Day news.

Milli Thornton, Fear of Writing Blog | Fear of Writing Online Course

Milli Thornton


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Milli Thornton is the author of Fear of Writing: for writers & closet writers. She is owner of the Fear of Writing Online Course, where her mission is to put the fun back into writing. Milli blogs at Screenwriting in the Boonies and Milliver’s Travels and coaches writers individually at Writer’s Muse.



2 Responses to 10K Day: Not Sure What to Write About? No Worries!
  1. Sunflower Ranch
    June 13, 2009 | 11:07 PM

    Milli!! So glad you're back and posting some very cool ideas!! I'm very happy you'll be using the Writer's Challenges from my blog. All they have to do at the Ranch is something very very short — but it will be exciting to see much expanded versions for the 10K Day event. It would be utterly fantastic if a piece written on the day goes all the way to print! Keep up the great work and I'm trying to clear my calendar for the big Day. Looks like fun — productive fun to be sure. 😀

  2. John
    February 20, 2012 | 10:51 AM

    Milli, great article and motivator to get writers started writing for the 10K. All of us who have read your book, Fear of Writing, realizes the value in using your Fertile Material as igniters for writing stories. Great topic suggestions for the 10K. I can see that you gave a great deal of thought in the development the categories of those needing help getting started.

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