10K Day: Live While It’s Happening!

Note for new arrivals: The 10K Day starts on the morning of Thursday, June 18. Your exact starting time is up to you.

WELCOME TO ALL those plucky writers who are participating today!

This is the place to post your check-ins.

If you develop a case of writer’s block—or if you need some extra ideas about what to write—you’ll find all those 10K Day links compiled here.


You’ll regret it later (when you get burnt out) 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.

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 everyone tries to posts their stories.)

6. If you have any special revelations or remarkable experiences, please give the mini-version. All of you will be invited to write about your 10K Day on my blog after it’s over.

Don’t forget to log out of forums, Facebook, Twitter, your email, etc.

Go gettum, Tigers! – Milli

P.S. As a ritual before you start writing, check out this poem from Sharon Kane written especially for my blog: The Gate Keeper. It can be used as a prayer to get in the right frame of mind for your 10K Day—in loving cooperation with the gatekeeper of your imagination instead of in a power struggle :~)



10K Day: Rules of the Game

Recommended Preparations

Survival Tips, Productivity Tricks


Use the Whiplash of Your Inner Critic to Make It Across the Drawbridge

Here’s an example of doing the above but with a fictional character instead, by Patti Stafford (10K Day participant). Look for the second entry on this page; it’s entitled writer’s lament.

Four of Milli’s Fertile Material prompts

10 Tips for Using the Fertile Material Writing Prompts

New Writing Prompt: Sparkling Beasts & Glimmering Gods

Milli’s Zodiac Writing Prompts: Aries / Taurus / Gemini

Writing for Spiritual Growth
(Free e-course! When you sign up you’ll get the first lesson right away—but the first lesson contains an audio interview; either save it for later or listen in advance so it doesn’t cut into your writing time.)

7 Fun Writing Challenges from Sunflower Ranch


Writing Dialogue: Don’t Freak Yourself Out

How I Am Overcoming My Inner Critic and My Fear of Success by Lois Eighmy

A Writer Kissed by Inspiration (helpful for memoir writers)

10 Things to Celebrate About Being a Writer

Rocky Balboa’s Speech to Writers

104 Responses to 10K Day: Live While It’s Happening!
  1. Milli Thornton
    June 18, 2009 | 11:30 PM

    Patti, I echo the sentiments. I did what I set out to do in terms of my writing goals. Only wrote 6,319 words but that's OK. It WAS a fabulous day and the camaraderie was incredible.

    Jimmy, not sure if you're still out there writing your little heart out. If so, I hate to desert you. But know that I'll be thinking of you as I (hopefully) fall asleep.


  2. Anonymous
    June 19, 2009 | 12:16 AM

    Once a month sounds great to me. Then we'd have the rest of the month to edit. I need a push to get going! 🙂


  3. LMEighmy
    June 19, 2009 | 9:29 AM

    Once a month sounds great to me, too! I'd participate as often as possible. 🙂

    Congrats to everyone who tried, whether you reached 10K or not. You put in the effort, which is a lot more than most people would do!

  4. Al In Oz
    June 19, 2009 | 7:13 PM

    At the risk of plagiarising our Milli: As well. I extend my most sincere congrats to everyone who has broken the 10K barrier! and especiaslly those who took the plunge whether or not you reached 10k – every word is a winner.
    As we say in Oz: "Bewdy. Youse mob are fair dinkum writers (add 'eh!' if you're a Queenslander …or Canayjun)

    See y'all next month.

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