10K Day for Writers

10K days are FUN! And it’s a great 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. Find out more by mousing over the 10K Day section in the menu above.

Peachebean,  10K Day participant

Peachebean, 10K Day participant

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)


. . . by mousing over 10K Days in the main menu. (Look under the blog header above to locate the main menu.)


To RSVP, click on Home in the main menu and look in the right sidebar for this month’s dates. (There’s always one on a Wednesday and one on a Saturday to accommodate all types of schedules.) You’ll find the link to the RSVP page right beneath the dates. If this month’s dates have not been posted yet, subscribe to the blog to receive 10K Day news.


To get an idea of the wide range of results (and how the important thing is the spirit of the day, not the actual word count) go here:

June 18’s 10K Day Beat All Records for Massive Writing Fun!

10 Responses to 10K Days
  1. Lois
    October 13, 2009 | 8:35 PM

    You’ll have to let us know when the Mikey Dog stories are published. I’m really wanting to read them! 🙂

    • Marilyn
      February 17, 2012 | 11:34 AM

      Hi Lois, thanks so much for your comment. I have been so slack in my writing! I will plan to attend 10K day at least one of the days if not both. Thanks for the encouragement.

      • Lois
        February 17, 2012 | 11:47 AM

        I’ve been more slack than usual, but still writing away. Having lots of fun!

        I hope you can attend It’s been a lot of fun. 🙂

        You’re welcome!

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  4. Stephanie Scott
    July 12, 2011 | 1:43 PM

    I had no goal yesterday other than to work on something different than editing my current WIP, and I wrote 5,600 words. I read through it after it wasn’t too bad, although I’m fighting the edit-now demon in attempts to finish a first draft. If I can keep this up I can have a functioning first draft pretty soon!

    I’d never heard of a 10k day until I saw this post. It’s definitely do-able. I worked all day and made dinner and still wrote. BUT I have no kids and my husband was out, so I could focus.

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      July 12, 2011 | 2:17 PM

      Stephanie, 5,600 words is awesome! Even more so when you had no particular writing goal. Terrific, too, how you wrote that long without letting the edit-now demon get you.

      If you ever decide to join us for a 10K Day, you could do Saturday. If you can write 5,600 words on a day you worked and cooked the dinner, you could probably be a writing MACHINE on a weekend day. 😀

      Cheers ~ Milli

  5. John
    February 17, 2012 | 7:56 AM

    Peachebean, I am impressed that you were able to come within 600 words in just your second attempted at the 10K program. Were you able to finish your book on Mikey? The camaraderie of the 10K program coupled with The Texas Hill Country has to be a great inspiration for writing.

  6. Marilyn
    February 17, 2012 | 4:18 PM

    Hi John, thank you. I think it’s a lot easier to write about personal experiences. Really you are just telling the story that happened. Then going back to edit, and edit, and edit. Anyway. Yes the Hill Country group is a wonderful inspiration. They are sooo encouraging. I plan on joining the 10K this month. With any luck, both days. To hopefull finish Mikey Dog. Thanks for your comments.

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