The numbers and creative breakthroughs generated by this day were phenomenal.
For instance, one writer who had to be at her job all day still managed to rack up 6,723 words. Another writer broke the sound barrier (or something on that level!) by producing an astonishing 15, 410.
But beyond word count were riches that cannot be reduced to statistics. ‘Bean’ had always wanted to write a book about her Boston Terrier, but he passed away before she could do it. Yesterday she broke the 10K barrier writing about her beloved Mikey Dog.
Freelance writer Patti Stafford earns her daily bread from non-fiction writing—so she was thrilled at the opportunity to reconnect with fiction writing. And Patti was so moved by the depth of camaraderie, she’s decided to start a forum where writers can connect in between 10K Days.
Saundra_M ran around town helping her daughter with various home-buying and moving crises (it’s an interstate move and son-in-law was away on a biz trip)—and then had to emergency-water 50 plants that had wilted in the Texas heat. But she still managed to write 3,050 words and found a new level of creative freedom while working on her novel.
Below is a list (in alphabetical order by last name) of writers who’ve reported their final word count. We all agreed that the spirit of the day was the ultimate reward—so everyone was a winner, no matter how many words they wrote!
Al from Oz – 10,250
Bean – 10,174
Down the Rabbit Hole – 8,030
Maria – 3,000
Barb D. – 3,091
Lois Eighmy – 15,410
Jennifer “Jimmy” Hanson – 6,723
Mindy Lawrence – 5,000
Saundra_M – 3,050
Beth Morrow – 10,642
Susan Smith – 4,878
Patti Stafford – 3,500
Milli Thornton – 6,319
J.R. Turner – 10,179
TOTAL WORD COUNT FOR THE DAY:
The total word count is probably higher than this—not everyone who participated posted their check-ins.
I believe the ultimate feeling to take away from a 10K Day is this: how much it proves that we’re capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF US!
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.