By Milli ThorntonI’VE BEEN RUNNING the monthly 10K days since 2009 but I haven’t blogged about the phenomenon myself in a long time. I’m usually more interested in what our 10K day gang—especially newcomers who are freshly addicted—have to say about their experiences.
But last Saturday I had an experience that reminded me not to be so behind-the-scenes with my own breakthroughs.
Since October, I’ve been working on an intensive new plan for my career. Until I reach a certain point in the plan, it will involve a lot of left-brained computer work, such as building websites, formatting a book (the 3rd edition of Fear of Writing), endlessly proofing that book and making minute adjustments to the cover . . . and much more that I don’t want to put you to sleep with.
It’s worthwhile work and I feel very dedicated to my plan—but I’m also sick of it. Sick of being so left-brained. I committed to these months of hard work where I knew I wouldn’t have much time for fiction writing, and it’s really starting to pay off. But I got bored and restless. Had to force myself to keep working. And I was fighting burn-out.
During the Saturday March 22 10K Day all that changed unexpectedly.
Because I was so burned out, I planned to only participate for a while in the morning. I was going to dabble with my current story for a little bit, and then get two pieces of non-fiction written that I need to finish some websites. But, instead, I got hooked on my story.
I ended up writing 5,998 words and my 10K day didn’t end until 9 p.m. I took several extra-long breaks (so I wouldn’t exacerbate my burn-out) but the writing, and especially the deep fun I had working on my story, sucked my exhaustion into another dimension.
I’ve been in a radically good mood ever since. My problems in life—that only last week felt overwhelming—now seem surmountable. I’m even enjoying doing the bookkeeping for my taxes.
Thank you, writing, and thank you 10K day, and thank you Jenny Turner for healing me.
P.S. My dear friend Jennifer Turner (author J.R. Turner) is the unsung inventor of the 10K Day.
Milli Thornton (aka Milliver) is the author of Fear of Writing. She is owner of the Fear of Writing Online Course and Unleash Your Writing!, where her mission is to put the fun back into writing. Milli blogs at Milliver’s Travels and Screenwriting in the Boonies and coaches writers individually at Writer’s Muse Coaching Service. She lives in Taos, New Mexico, where she enjoys Wild West pursuits such as eating green chile, target shooting and 4x4ing in the mountains.