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Today I’d thought I’d share about a challenge I participated in and found helpful, the #10kwritingchallenge. It is hosted monthly by Mandi Lynn, and you can find all the details about the challenge here. (she also has a lot of other great resources for writers 🙂 )

The object of the challenge is to write 10K words within one day. I know that sounds like a lot, but it is more doable than you might think. I have participated once in the challenge with plans to participate again soon.

A few things to keep in mind when deciding to do the challenge:

Be sure it is a day on which you can dedicate a significant amount of time to your writing. I plan for these days (I actually put it on my calendar), so I know I can’t be doing a lot of other stuff on these days.

Make a plan for the day. Are you revising work or writing from scratch? Do you have the outline or notes you need? What chapters/pages do you need to get finished?

Prep your writing space. Set up a quiet place where you know you can be productive with all the tools, snacks, and drinks you might need.

Plan for breaks. Obviously, you’re going to need to take breaks. What kind of things get you most inspired? You could go for a walk outside, or do whatever kind of exercise relaxes you. The key is to get up and move around so that when you come back to the keyboard you are ready to write.

These were all things I did to help me reach my 10K goal.  And spending a day working on my manuscript proved quite beneficial.

I found that I became excited about my manuscript once more, and I wanted to delve deep into my story’s world. I had more confidence in my novel as I had made a significant amount of progress on it in just one day, and I gained more confidence in myself as a writer, knowing that I could accomplish this thing I had set my mind to do. I also had some enlightening moments where I was able to figure out how to fix some things that were not working in my story.

What about you? Have you ever participated in this challenge or one like it? What kind of things do you like to challenge yourself to do to help you stay motivated and improve your writing skills? Let me know in the comments.

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34 thoughts on “10K words in a Day – #authortoolboxbloghop”

  1. I write children’s books and short articles for a local newsletter so !0K would definitely be a challenge for me. On the other hand, it would give me a break from the endless slog of marketing and social media.

  2. I gulped at the idea to write 10K words in one day. My mind would be mush by noon (instead of my usual 3-4 pm mush time.)I’m glad you’ve done it. Wishing you all the best in your next effort.
    JQ Rose

  3. This sounds like a really great challenge. I, however, would never be able to make it to 10K I don’t think. My largest per day word count for writing fiction was something like 6500 and I only ever hit it once, and when I hit it, I couldn’t write for a week lol. Thanks for the info about this. I hadn’t heard of it before. 🙂

  4. I’d love to try writing 10k in a day. I think the most I’ve managed is 5k, but I only had a few hours to dedicate to writing. An entire day sounds wonderful, and I think so long as I have a detailed plan I could manage it 🙂

  5. I have to admit that I was skeptical at first, but by the end, I think it’s possible. I’m going to check out the link and clear my calendar (That’s not too hard to do right now.) Thank you for this!

  6. I’m really curious about what a challenge like this does to the author’s brain over the course of the day. Do you achieve a state of flow? I imagine you must really have to quash any self-editing as you go? How long did it take you to reach 10k?

    1. Yes, I tend to be a writer who once I hit my stride with the story I want to tell, I write furiously until I get the whole thing down, which is why I think this challenge worked well for me. I don’t tend to read back over what I’ve written when I’m writing the first draft, and as long I keep from looking back, I don’t struggle with self-editing. It took somewhere between 10 to 12 hours to write the 10K words. It is something you have to really commit to, but the feeling of accomplishment when you reach your goal is great.

  7. Thanks for this post! Time management is definitely the biggest challenge. I remember when I used to have all day to write… now, it’s hard to find a few hours of uninterrupted time. Clearing your calendar is a must! I used to do the 3 Day Novel Writing Contest… if you want to challenge yourself, even more, I’d recommend that!

  8. 10k words in one day? You go, Charity! I guess if I plan what’s going to happen next in my book, know where I’m going and who’s going to be where and say what, I might be able to get a few thousand words down before the troops come into my writing space. But bravo to you!

  9. I could see myself participating in a challenge like this once I begin my next book. I’ve only ever done NanoWriMo so nothing to this level. Great post!

  10. Wow–10k in one day… that is intense! Congratulations! I’m not sure I could do that, but I really like what you say about putting things on the calendar. This has really helped me up my writing productivity in the past. Nowadays when I sit down to write, I set a timer for myself to help myself avoid distractions, knowing I’ll be able to be distracted all I want once the timer goes off. : ) Thanks for sharing, Charity!

  11. That is impressive! Do you do NaNoWriMo? I did that once and managed to do it. I’ve also tried it and failed. I’m keen to give the 10k words challenge at some stage though. Thanks for telling us about it – and your tips!

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