10K days are FUN! It’s a fabulous way to find out you’re capable of a lot more than you think.
The goal is to challenge yourself to write 10,000 words . . . but the camaraderie and the spirit of trying will beat anything your Inner Critic coughs up to try to discourage you.
The purpose of a 10K Day is to try to write 10,000 words.
The spirit of a 10K Day is to liberate myself and celebrate my creativity!
Here are the guidelines that have proven to produce the best results:
1. No editing or rewriting.
2. No looking back over what you’ve written. Keep forging ahead.
3. No rummaging—either in notebooks or in your computer files—for writing you did some other time.
4. No research. Make it up.
5. Don’t fuss about the rules of writing. Just write.
6. Don’t fuss with structure. You can format, add chapter headings (or whatever) some other time.
7. No struggling. (“Allow yourself to be crappy.” ~ J.R. Turner)
8. Take a 15-minute break every two hours. Use this break to refresh your body, brain and spirit.
9. Report to your writing companions during your break. Use the check-in page that shows the correct date for the event you’re attending.
10. No agonizing over your word count. Yes, the goal is 10,000 words, but not at the cost of your peace of mind. This is not a competition—not even with yourself! Have fun instead.
Adapted with permission from 10K in a Day by J.R. Turner
PEACHEBEAN: 10K DAYS GIVE ME THE BOOST I NEED TO BLAST AWAY AT THE KEYBOARD!
All I can say is just try it out. I have done Milli’s last two 10K’s and I have been surprised at how much I have gotten done. It is so rewarding to check in and see what every one else is struggling with or what successes they’ve had.
I started a book! Actually I starting by writing stories about my Mikey dog from the prompts in Milli’s book “Fear Of Writing” at our writing circle in the Texas Hill Country. I never really thought I’d write a book, but the 10K days are giving me the boost I need to blast away at the keyboard. Before I know it, I’ve written 1000 words.
This format is so good for me and I have felt such a sense of accomplishment (even though the last time I was about 600 words short of my goal for the day). Now that Milli is adding a Saturday I may do both days.
Now I feel like I am really writing a BOOK! Me! OMG! Thanks Milli this is the perfect venue for me. I love the support but I still don’t feel chained to my PC. And I can write in my jammies!
See you there,
(Blog comment Aug 1, 2009)