You guessed it. A 10K Day involves trying to type, scribble or otherwise inscribe 10,000 words in a single day.
Awww, wait! Before you hit the Next Blog button on the Blogger nav bar, give this fair consideration. Even if you think of yourself as a closet writer, chances are you’ll find this activity liberating.
The set-up goes like this: Two or more writers agree to set aside an entire day to devote to writing. Email check-ins are used to keep in touch throughout the day, reporting on your progress—or bemoaning obstacles, if any happen to arise. These check-ins are incredibly motivating, during what is essentially a day of seclusion.
Seclusion is necessary to make the activity worthwhile. After all, if the world can intrude on you whenever it decides it wants to, how much writing will you get done?
Put yourself and your writing first for one day and reap the rewards!
Here are the basic “rules”:
— You don’t have to write 10,000 words. That’s just the goal. But you do need to commit to setting aside the day—and sitting down to write.
— You can start whenever you want to. If you’re an early riser, go for it. If you can’t stomach doing anything creative until at least noon, please honor your body clock.
— You can write whatever takes your fancy. It doesn’t have to be something ambitious, such as a novel.
— We’re all in this together so please consider yourself an equal with the other writers. You are celebrating your creativity. Nothing tops that, not even published books or writing awards. And some writers will be more prolific than others. There’s no shame if you have a low word count. The real goal is to revel in your writing!
Game to at least try? Wonderful! Your first step is to leave a blog comment to let me know you want to join in.
Next step: Read 10K Day: Rules of the Game (opens in a new window)
I look forward to piling on the word count with you!
P.S. If you can’t participate on June 18 because you have to be at work, why not organize your own 10K Day on a Saturday and invite a writing friend or two? Don’t forget to let me know so I can announce it on my blog.