10K Day: Live, While It’s Happening! – August 17 and 20

What's your story? Use the 10K Day for Writers to explore your storytelling powers

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WELCOME TO ALL those plucky writers who are participating this week!

This is the place to post your check-ins for Wed, Aug 17 and/or Saturday, Aug 20.

If you’re participating from overseas, feel free to start according to your own time zone. This check-in page is posted the day before the USA event for that special purpose. 🙂

DON’T FORGET TO TAKE REGULAR BREAKS!

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.

WHAT SHOULD YOU POST FOR YOUR CHECK-INS?

TIP: If you don’t see your comment right away after posting, try refreshing your screen.

1. You can mention your word count if you want to. If you’d rather not, please 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.

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

Go gettum, Tigers! – Jenny & Milli


53 Responses to 10K Day: Live, While It’s Happening! – August 17 and 20
  1. Dana Pittman
    Twitter: danapittman
    August 17, 2016 | 7:30 AM

    I’m up and at it. Not aiming for the full 10k but to work the details of my story.

    Word Count: 0

    • Lois
      August 17, 2016 | 8:25 AM

      Good morning! 😀

      • Dana Pittman
        Twitter: danapittman
        August 17, 2016 | 11:34 AM

        Good morning! I sat to get going and then…my daughter happened. 🙂 But I’m back to it.

        • Lois
          August 17, 2016 | 2:15 PM

          Haha!

          Well, good luck! 😀

  2. Charlotte Dixon
    Twitter: wordstrumpet
    August 17, 2016 | 8:23 AM

    OKay, I didn’t sign up ahead of time but I’m going to join in. I’m not writing, I’m rewriting, but I’ve set aside most of the day to work. So I’m going to use our collective energy to make crazy progress. But first–breakfast.

    Go Dana!

    • Lois
      August 17, 2016 | 8:25 AM

      Good luck! 😀

    • Dana Pittman
      Twitter: danapittman
      August 17, 2016 | 11:34 AM

      Yay! Keep us posted.

  3. Lois
    August 17, 2016 | 8:25 AM

    I’m about to get started! I’ve got my salt water (3-cup tumbler of water with 1/2 tsp. of Celtic sea salt), and my bullet journal is in front of me. I’m set!

    I’m going to start out with my Morning Pages and gratitude journaling, then I’ll move on to the short story before wrapping it up with brainstorming and/or freewriting for my pirate series. 🙂

    • Charlotte Dixon
      Twitter: wordstrumpet
      August 17, 2016 | 12:13 PM

      I’m curious about your salt water, Lois. What is the reason you drink it?

      • Lois
        August 17, 2016 | 2:18 PM

        Believe it or not, health! 😀 Celtic sea salt doesn’t just have salt. It has all the minerals we need in the right amounts. I don’t use salt in much of anything else, and when I do, I use the Celtic sea salt. I’m not eating a lot of processed foods, which are often loaded with either sodium or sugar. So I’ve cut out most of the refined sodium in favor of the Celtic sea salt. It’s helped a lot, too. I used to need tums a lot for stuff like fried foods and tomatoes (haven’t had much fried stuff lately, though), but lately, I don’t need them at all! 🙂

        • Milli Thornton
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          August 17, 2016 | 2:25 PM

          I swear by Celtic sea salt myself and have used it for the past 15 years. If I’m salting my food, I use that (it tastes so much better to me than the bleached-out thing that passes for “salt” in our society). I rinse my mouth with it before brushing. And I drink a little of it in spring water every day for the whole food nutrients.

          • Lois
            August 17, 2016 | 2:29 PM

            Same here! (Well, except for the rinsing part…) Celtic sea salt is awesome! 😀

            • Charlotte Dixon
              Twitter: wordstrumpet
              August 17, 2016 | 4:14 PM

              I use sea salt to put on my food but its never occurred to me to put it in water. I’m going to now, though. Thanks, guys!

              • Lois
                August 17, 2016 | 4:40 PM

                You’re welcome! 😀

                Another thing I sometimes do is add fresh lemon juice or raw cider vinegar (with “the Mother,” which is just the pulp, I believe). I add this to a three-cup tumbler of salt water. Both are alkalyzing, and the vitamin C in lemon is actually really good for your gums. 🙂

                • Charlotte Dixon
                  Twitter: wordstrumpet
                  August 17, 2016 | 5:07 PM

                  Oh, I love apple cider vinegar. I used to drink it in water all the time–I need to get back to it. And seeing as how I’ve got some periodontal issues, I guess I better add lemon, too!

                  • Lois
                    August 17, 2016 | 7:28 PM

                    It can’t hurt, right? 😀

    • Charlotte Dixon
      Twitter: wordstrumpet
      August 17, 2016 | 12:14 PM

      I got a bit later start than I had intended, as I had some things to accomplish after breakfast, but I’m at it now and I’ve got a few pages of rewriting under my belt. Right now I’m working through a difficult scene. Hope to finish another 25 pages before lunch.

      • Lois
        August 17, 2016 | 2:19 PM

        Good luck! 😀

  4. Lois
    August 17, 2016 | 11:20 AM

    I’ve written my Morning Pages, an entry on gratitude, and another section in the short story. My total for the day, as of now, is 2,534.

    I’m off to have lunch, then I’ll do some freewriting, I think. For my pirate series. 🙂

  5. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    August 17, 2016 | 11:37 AM

    Turns out I couldn’t be here as a 10k writer myself today but I’m watching your reports as they come in. And cheering all of you on. <3

    • Dana Pittman
      Twitter: danapittman
      August 17, 2016 | 12:56 PM

      Oh no… But thanks for looking out for us.

    • Lois
      August 17, 2016 | 2:21 PM

      Bummer! 🙁

      But nice of you to check up on us! 😀

  6. Dana Pittman
    Twitter: danapittman
    August 17, 2016 | 12:57 PM

    Slow moving on my part. I settled on working on character development.

    Word Count: 1207

  7. Charlotte Dixon
    Twitter: wordstrumpet
    August 17, 2016 | 1:11 PM

    Okay, I got to page 246 and Word started doing something weird, so I decided it was time for lunch. Back later!

  8. Lois
    August 17, 2016 | 2:25 PM

    I had lunch and walked the doggy, then I started in on a freewrite. It may actually happen in the first book, so I wanted to stay as close to what I know of the storyline as I could. It came to 2,314 words, bringing my total for today to 4,848! 😀

    I don’t know if I’ll get any more written today. I’d like to, but I need to get a shower, then get dinner started. And I still need to make my bullet journal page for tomorrow. So I’ll likely pass (and I so wanted to reach 5K today!) and plan to get back on here on Saturday. With any luck, I’ll get 10K for today and Saturday combined! 🙂

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      August 17, 2016 | 2:26 PM

      Awesome result, Lois. What’s a bullet journal?

      • Lois
        August 17, 2016 | 2:34 PM

        I’m so glad you asked! *g* It’s a system of planning and keeping track of things. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you want it. I’m not too elaborate with mine, but I like to add some color to my pages. I mainly use it to keep track of my work, to do lists, the weather, word counts, what I’ve read, what we’ve watched, quotes I like, birthdays and anniversaries, etc. Some people track anything and everything they can think of, and their pages are often much more elegant than mine.

        There’s an official website that will tell you about the original bullet journal and its main elements: Here it is! 🙂

        You can also look up “bullet journal” or “bujo” on Pinterest to find lots of examples of page layouts and stuff. It’s very cool. 🙂

  9. Dana Pittman
    Twitter: danapittman
    August 17, 2016 | 4:05 PM

    I am taking a break to fold clothes and find food.

    Word Count: 2,802.

    Not much but I have made progress on a short story. I have my first chapter. Next I am going to research and outline sense I have some direction.

    I hope to return later. If not, I will have a great place to start on Saturday.

    • Lois
      August 17, 2016 | 4:45 PM

      I’m hoping to make it back on Saturday, too. 🙂

  10. Charlotte Dixon
    Twitter: wordstrumpet
    August 17, 2016 | 4:15 PM

    Got another 25 pages rewritten, including one scene that needed some major work. Now I’m at a scene that I’ve been dreading. It needs a complete reworking. But if I nail it, I can get to page 300, my goal for the day, and likely finish the rewrite tomorrow! So back to the page I go.

    • Lois
      August 17, 2016 | 4:47 PM

      Oooh, good luck! 😀

      By “rewrite,” do you mean “edit?” Are you just rewriting bits here and there? Or are you rewriting everything? Just curious. 🙂

      • Charlotte Dixon
        Twitter: wordstrumpet
        August 17, 2016 | 5:05 PM

        I’m rewriting. (But, as you can see since I’m answering your comment, also procrastinating.) This is, I think, the fourth rewrite of my novel. I have the most amazing agent in the whole world, Erin Niumata, who has submitted the book to a whole list of editors and when it got rejected, said we’d rewrite it and resubmit. I’ve got one character that seems to be the problem so I’m doing my best to make him more likeable. So I think that qualifies as rewriting, but I also know we all have different definitions of it. And I am editing much of the rest of it. And now that I’ve nearly written a book here, I better get back to it! 🙂

        • Lois
          August 17, 2016 | 7:30 PM

          Thanks for the info, and good luck with the book! 🙂

    • Dana Pittman
      Twitter: danapittman
      August 17, 2016 | 5:35 PM

      Cheering for you. You can do it!

  11. Dana Pittman
    Twitter: danapittman
    August 17, 2016 | 5:36 PM

    I’m done for the night.

    Word Count: 3507

    • Charlotte Dixon
      Twitter: wordstrumpet
      August 17, 2016 | 5:42 PM

      Great job, Dana! That’s a lot of words.

    • Lois
      August 17, 2016 | 7:31 PM

      Great word count, Dana! 😀

  12. Charlotte Dixon
    Twitter: wordstrumpet
    August 18, 2016 | 7:15 AM

    Hey Lois and Dana (and Milli), It was so fun to hang with you yesterday while writing (or in my case, rewriting). Thanks for the company and good luck on Saturday for those of you doing it again. I’ll be out of the country in September, but maybe I’ll see you here in October!

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      August 18, 2016 | 9:38 AM

      Charlotte,

      I’m thrilled to hear you had fun hanging out with Dana and Lois (they’re both terrific gals and long-time regulars) and I’m happy the 10K day could help with your rewriting project, including some scenes that needed major reworking. Yay for your progress!

      We’ll miss you next month but have a great overseas trip (wherever you’re going) and we’ll see you in October.

      Milli

    • Lois
      August 18, 2016 | 2:41 PM

      I do hope to be here on Saturday. And it was good to hang out with you too, Charlotte. Good luck with the novel, and see you again next time! 🙂

    • Dana Pittman
      Twitter: danapittman
      August 18, 2016 | 3:41 PM

      Ditto the comments above. Have a safe trip! I hope to catch you on another 10k day in the future. And best wishes for your book deal. 🙂

  13. Dana Pittman
    Twitter: danapittman
    August 18, 2016 | 3:42 PM

    Ladies,

    I wrote a little more last night. I ended over 5k. I’m a happy camper and plan to be back Saturday. Take care. I’m off to hang with the fam!

    Dana

    • Lois
      August 18, 2016 | 3:57 PM

      Awesome, Dana! I hope to see you on Saturday! 🙂

  14. Dana Pittman
    Twitter: danapittman
    August 22, 2016 | 11:17 AM

    I’m late but wanted to post my Saturday details.

    I wrote for a chunk of the day. Yes…a chunk, not part, not the whole day. It was a successful session. I completed the day with around 3k words. It was research and synthesizing the notes. I also brainstormed scene ideas.

    Thanks it. I had a successful 10k run for the month of August. Yay!

    Thanks Milli!

    • Lois
      August 22, 2016 | 11:50 AM

      I never got to participate on Saturday, but I’ve finished my first draft since then. On to proofreading. 😉

      Congrats on a successful 10K run! 😀

      • Dana Pittman
        Twitter: danapittman
        August 22, 2016 | 1:56 PM

        Sweet!

        • Lois
          August 22, 2016 | 3:03 PM

          I left you a message on Slack. 😉

  15. Charlotte Dixon
    Twitter: wordstrumpet
    August 22, 2016 | 1:59 PM

    Congratulations to both of you–Dana, 3K more words is great, and Lois, woot woot to finishing the draft!

    We went to the beach this weekend to escape the heat, but I managed to finish my rewrite anyway. Still need to read it over, though.

    • Lois
      August 22, 2016 | 3:05 PM

      Thanks, Charlotte! 😀 And congrats on finishing the rewrite. 🙂

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