By guest blogger Estrella Azul
The first time I reached 10,000 words in one day was the Wednesday 10K Day on June 27th.
I wasn’t supposed to have the day off. But then I did, and decided to spend it writing. I couldn’t
have made a better choice!
Some preparations were made ahead of time, and I am so grateful for Milli’s Ace Your 10K Day! online course for that. Planning ahead was not necessarily something I did before. This time, I had a battle plan. While on previous 10K Days I just reserved the day for writing, this time I wrote specific blog post ideas, titles, and prompts to have at the ready and I went through it all following my “this is what I currently feel like writing” idea.
My “10K Day Writing Plan” for Wednesday, June 27 and Saturday, June 30 had thirteen items on it, as well as “blog comments, check-ins, work emails.” The plan was to check everything off the list and write the comments, work e-mails and check-ins during breaks. And so I did.
It was so easy to write without editing as I went along. Sometimes one just needs the reminder to turn spell check off and enjoy the ride. You can always come back later. Also, I started out with the hardest thing first—the piece I’d been dreading to write—and it led to a breakthrough. Once I got that out of the way, everything else fell into place.
I wrote several short blog posts, and was so happy to have them out of the way, I decided to only focus on those. The so-called small writings, at the end of the day, added up to 10,652 words (and several weeks worth of material for my blog!).
What I didn’t have crossed off from my list, I wrote/finished on Saturday.
Ah, Saturday . . . the day I could barely pull myself out of bed (insomnia definitely doesn’t help the creative process). The day when, even though I’d been constantly reminding my mother that I would be writing on June 30th, I had a bunch of small chores to attend to which added up to quite a few hours of lost writing time. The day some of my pictures were rejected by a website. The day I was frustrated that I had no good ideas for flash fiction and poems. The day I didn’t feel like writing anymore.
The day I started writing this article and in the middle of it switched to writing a flash fiction piece I will submit to an online literary magazine after editing. The day I wrote a few thoughts down which turned into a poem. The day I was running low on energy but then after a latte break was so motivated I finished all the fiction I had previously started but still had hanging in the air, and even some extra pieces. The day I reached 7,016 words.
Up until that moment I’m not even sure how long ago it was when I had everything finished!
So I called it a day. The house was all noisy again anyway and I couldn’t concentrate anymore.
However, it got me thinking about when I set up my Ace Your 10K Day! course profile. My description of what I hoped for was that the online course would -
- help me write more and finally be able to shut out the world around me while I do it. Even if I only get that 1 or 2 days a month for 10K Days, I’m hoping to start getting much more writing done during it and discover why it is that I currently seem not to get (enough) things done when I’d like to.
I am beyond happy to have reached exactly what I was aiming for.
It is so precious (in this day and age) having a whole day of feeling relaxed while doing something we love. Isn’t it?
Written by Estrella’s companion who went through the Ace Your 10K Day! course with her:
Writing When the Spirit Moves You by Marilyn Agee———
Estrella Azul is a young emerging writer, passionate about reading, floral art and photography, with an artistic personality and a soulful outlook on life. She is a Hungarian girl living and writing from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, the capital of historical region Transylvania. Estrella is the European correspondent for Milliver’s Travels, and she dreams of embarking on a round-the-world trip. To read more of her creative writing, her thoughts and daily happenings, visit Life’s a Stage – WebBlog©. Read her travel stories by visiting Estrella Azul on Milliver’s Travels.