You’re Invited: 10K Day for Writers, Thurs June 18

I HEAR YOUR question telepathically. What the bloomin’ heck is a 10K day for writers? Could “10K” possibly mean 10,000?

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.



10K Day: Rules of the Game

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

How to Cheat on a 10K Day

Results of My First-Ever 10K Day

18 Responses to You’re Invited: 10K Day for Writers, Thurs June 18
  1. Saundra_M
    June 11, 2009 | 3:41 PM

    Cool! I'll join you again. It was fun the first time around, and I know it will get my writing arse moving again. Keep inspiring us.

  2. al1801
    June 12, 2009 | 4:24 AM

    Bewdy Mills! I'm game. Got a beaut yarn about WW1 Diggers all plotted out – just have to put it on screen/paper.

  3. Glynis
    June 12, 2009 | 9:18 AM

    Have fun those that do! I am on a different time zone and am into my Wip at the moment.

  4. The deMented Mom
    June 12, 2009 | 9:50 AM

    sounds like a great idea..might be kind of hard to lock myself away for an entire day what with four kids to corral but I'll definitely give it a go.

  5. LMEighmy
    June 12, 2009 | 12:30 PM

    I'll join! I've got a short story outlined already and I've written just a little, but it won't be hard to continue where I've left off. 🙂

    Lois Eighmy

  6. fragmented-mine
    June 12, 2009 | 3:57 PM

    I'm in! I have to work that day – can't get out of THAT, LOL – but I'll be chugging away at my writing every chance I get throughout the day – morning, noon, and night!

    Jimmy Hanson

  7. Anonymous
    June 13, 2009 | 7:19 AM

    Count me in. I am going to get a room at a motel and write all day long — nothing but.

  8. Anonymous
    June 14, 2009 | 6:46 PM

    OK, I'm in, me and the bottles of water and the carrot sticks since I'm on a diet. Otherwise it'd be Coke and chocolate chip cookies. I'm four weeks and four days away from my last daughter's wedding, so I'm hoping this day will provide some sanity as well as a thickened plot!

  9. Anonymous
    June 15, 2009 | 11:49 AM

    ok, let's see if this works. Yes, Susan and I are teaming up from the Hill Country of Texas on Thursday. I will be compiling all my Mikey Dog stories that I have written at Chickie's coffee shop in ther Fear of Writing group sesions. Who knows, I may even get a whole book out of it. Thanks again Milli for another great tool.


  10. Beth
    June 15, 2009 | 2:23 PM

    Wow, great idea. I'll give it a go. Just in the brainstorming process of a new novel…will get it going on Thursday!

  11. Michele
    June 15, 2009 | 2:24 PM

    I just saw the tweet. This sounds like a wonderful idea! Count me in. I may have a friend who would be interested in participating with me; otherwise it's all me! How fun!

  12. Down the Rabbit Hole...
    June 15, 2009 | 2:43 PM

    Can I join you? I might have to shuffle a few things around but I'm definitely up for this!

  13. Barb
    June 15, 2009 | 3:04 PM

    Yes! I want to participate! It sounds like fun. And the really funny thing is that I was sitting on my couch less than 30 minutes ago, thinking to myself, "I should spend one whole day doing nothing but writing"!! 🙂 Barb D.

  14. J.R. Turner
    June 16, 2009 | 11:52 AM

    Count me in!!! I'm past deadline and could use the day! 🙂

    Awesome, Millikins! 🙂


  15. Patti Stafford
    June 16, 2009 | 1:48 PM

    I do write daily, but I'm going to join the challenge and focus on nothing but fiction that day. Maybe this will finally get me back to fiction.

    Thanks for the challenge Milli!

    Write On!

  16. CFox
    June 16, 2009 | 4:05 PM

    LMEighmy told me about the 10K this morning. Since I also need to get back in the swing of things, I'm going to give it a go. Hopefully, that darned ole' writer's block will go away!

  17. Mispoetic
    June 23, 2009 | 8:27 AM

    Crikey! I'm in the midst of huge 'online' campaign, but so badly want to 'have a go'?!
    I'll give it ashot, why not!? Like LMEighmy, have a little treasure I could add to!

  18. Boodoggy
    June 26, 2009 | 1:12 PM

    Boodoggy in Texas is pairing up with a Yoopie in Michigan to join the write-in.

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