10K Day: Live, While It’s Happening! – December 17

“I Brake For Squirrels” (and 10K Day nuts)

“I Brake for Squirrels” (and 10K Day nuts)

WELCOME TO ALL those plucky writers who are participating today!

This is the place to post your check-ins.

To learn more about this event, check the special 10K Day section (see blog menu above). If you develop a case of writer’s block—or you need some extra ideas on what to write—you’ll find plenty of inspiring resources in the Write NOW! section.


You’ll regret it later (when you’re feeling fried) if you don’t take regular breaks. Even if you’re on fire with your writing, take your scheduled breaks.

Every two hours is recommended. Breaks are also for posting check-ins.


Comment moderation will be turned off for the day so your posts should appear right away. If you don’t see yours, try refreshing your screen.

Keep check-ins fairly brief:

1. You can mention your word count if you want to. If you’d rather not, please provide a general comment about your progress thus far.

2. You can also describe what you’re working on.

3. Feel free to mention how you’re feeling and how the day is going for you.

4. It’s always fun to hear what people are drinking, snacking on or listening to.

5. Check-ins only. Please DO NOT post your writing! (The comment section will become unwieldy if writers try to post stories/chapters from their novel.)

DON’T FORGET TO log out of forums, Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.

Go gettum, Tigers! – Milli

9 Responses to 10K Day: Live, While It’s Happening! – December 17
    December 17, 2009 | 6:38 AM

    I am here, ready to hit the keyboard. Not sure if I need to RSVP/register anywhere else, this is my first time for the 10K. I wish the best to all of the rest of you out there on the keyboards. I am going to plan on letting my muse do my typing, and my brain will do the corrections later. 0537

  2. Patti Stafford
    Twitter: pattistafford
    December 17, 2009 | 8:00 AM

    Good Morning John!

    Glad you could make it.

    I’m behind from yesterday. I’m not shooting for 10K today–just to get my work knocked out.

    Hope everyone has an awesome day!


  3. Joseph Greene
    December 17, 2009 | 10:02 AM

    Getting a late start but my ass is here. Just gotta whip up some breakfast real quick.

  4. Patti Stafford
    Twitter: pattistafford
    December 17, 2009 | 10:45 AM

    641 words on first article. I’m now doing research for the second article.

    How’s everyone else doing?

  5. Ja'Nese Dixon
    December 17, 2009 | 11:41 AM

    I’m moving like a snail but I’m here. I will check in later.


  6. Ja'Nese Dixon
    December 17, 2009 | 2:17 PM

    I’m finishing my book from NaNoWriMo. I don’t plan to focus on word count today. I want to put a nice dent in finishing this book. I’ve completed another big scene about 3200.

    I’m taking a lunch break. I hope you all are doing well.


    December 17, 2009 | 6:26 PM

    I am delighted to report that I will fail in my attempt to conquer the goal of the 10K program this time around. Despite a valiant effort, there is no way I will reach my goal of completing 10K today. Having a competitive nature and failure has never been an acceptable option I have to share with the group the reason for the enchantment I found instead of dismay. For years or perhaps all my life the allure for writing a novel has always been present, but the motivation has been lacking. Today, I started on a novel that I didn’t even know that I wanted to write until I sat down today at the keyboard. The story’s plot is simply a man’s attempt to take photographs of the Markhor goat. The goat ancestry of this endangered species predates the domestication of any animal by man. The setting is in the countries of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan where in some cases there has been only marginal evolution over their 50,000 years of existence. Perhaps longer than any other society. The intrigue of this venture coupled with the majestic settings and the uniqueness of a society that has long eluded the scrutiny of the western world may spark some interest. If not for others, I know that I can’t wait to start writing the next page. The 10K program was a great motivator, sorry for the failure; but in the long run this may still be a success.

  8. milliverstravels
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    December 17, 2009 | 8:42 PM

    That’s fascinating news, John. How exciting that you spontaneously embarked on a novel when you sat down to attempt the 10,000 words. Your subject sounds original and different. I’m so thrilled for you! But, no apologies allowed. We use the concept of 10K to challenge ourselves and then everyone does their best on the day. No failures. Anyone who has a go at it is a winner.

    Congratulations on acing your first 1oK Day. (I’d say starting your first novel qualifies as acing it. :))

  9. Jennifer
    January 11, 2010 | 4:02 AM

    Hi there! I want to RSVP for the Jan. 14th 10k in a day, but I don’t see the RSVP post or page. Am I missing it?

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