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How To Write More The 10K Day For Writers

Have you ever noticed how that elusive magical feeling almost never happens? The so-called mood to write? Don’t wait for it! Create the mood instead by writing, writing, writing.
The Perfect Format in Which to Write, Write, Write
The 10K Day for writers is the perfect format in which to overcome your inhibitions and write a massive amount of words in one day; some merely keepable, some brilliant, and some worth cutting later.
The goal of the 10K Day is just as it sounds: to write 10,000 words in a day. But is this even possible?
Yes, I’ve seen it happen many times.
But, surely, this is only achieved by very experienced players?
Not necessarily. I’ve seen writers with beginner levels of experience (or those who’ve been writers for years but don’t write very often) bust the 10K mark on their first try.
It can almost be better to have what they call a “beginner’s mind.” That way you’re not telling yourself how hard it is, or how impossible. The beginner’s mind knows how to trust, how to go with the flow, and how to take pleasure in the sensual experience of expressing creativity.
The Power of Writing Live With Supportive Companions
One of the critical components of a good 10K day is supportive companionship. 10K days can be undertaken alone, but this is usually not advisable (not unless you have a lot of confidence in your ability to carry on all day under conditions of solitude and isolation). It’s much more fun, and more productive, to write with companions who share your crazy-fun goal of attempting to write 10,000 words in a single day.
These companions don’t have to be available in the flesh. You can agree to meet by email during breaks to report your progress, or use the comments area on a designated blog.
How to Last All Day
Restorative breaks are another essential of an effective 10K day. A ten to fifteen minute break every two hours is recommended. The break should be something that rests your brain cells (reading works very well for this) and takes your mind temporarily off your writing.
Regular breaks are important for the long haul. Even if you hit a flow state where you feel like you don’t want to stop writing (a common occurrence with the 10K day), be sure to take regular breaks to rest and refresh your brain cells. If you don’t, you’ll pay for it later in the day by getting burned out.
Some Planning Before You Wing It
What to write can be an issue, so don’t leave it to chance. Plan your 10K day in advance (don’t wait till the morning of the event or that will eat into your writing time). Writing up a list of what you intend to work on, or brainstorming some notes about where you want to take your novel, can make all the difference.
Occasionally typing “blah blah blah” so you can keep your keyboard fingers moving until you get through a blank spot is OK. But you don’t want to end up writing gibberish for hours just to rack up a bunch of words. You’ll want your experience to be creatively meaningful, and that’s why some planning and forethought will take you a lot further than merely winging it.
The camaraderie created by a small group of writers all sharing the same goal can be incredibly inspiring and energizing. It really has to be experienced personally to understand the magic-and once you experience it, you’ll want to keep getting that magical feeling.
It’s amazing how much more we can write when we’re feeling encouraged by others who believe in us.
The 10K Day for Writers. A fun and friendly marathon where you can lose your inhibitions and find your writing groove.

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