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NaNoWriMo: A 10k Kind of Day

I can’t stress enough that November has always been a busy month. I’ve had a lot of family events going on which makes this year tougher than the previous years.

Despite this, I’ve been making great progress on my NaNo project.

I got lucky with a few days off from work. I had the day of the election off, I have Veteran’s Day off, then there’s Thanksgiving.

Today is a normal day, but it’s professional development for the teachers. Since I’m an aide, that means I have the day off.

Everyone in my family still has work and school so it’ll just be me and the animals. I have no obligations, no deadlines, nothing.

So, I’ve decided, I’m going to challenge myself to write 10,000 words today, Thursday, November 10.

(I just realized that I’ll be writing 10k on the 10th. I hope that’s a good sign!)

Of course, I won’t be sitting at my computer for five hours straight writing. I’m going to take breaks here and there.

My daily goal is 2,000 words. In between every 2,000 words, I’ll take an hour break. I can write 2,000 words in one hour if I focus hard enough so maybe tomorrow I’ll end up writing every other hour. We’ll see if Chip and Chase allow me to write for that long!

I’ve attempted to write 10k in one day twice before. The first time I tried it, I quit after a few thousand. I think I made it to at least 5,000 though. The second time I did it, I got 10k. I think I wrote every other hour and that’s what helped me stay on task.

I don’t know if I’ll have enough juice in me to write 10k today, but I’m going to give it a shot anyway!

I’ll be updating my progress on Twitter, so be sure to follow along.

Also, if you have no other obligations today, feel free to join me! The more, the merrier!

Have you ever attempted 10k in a day before? Did you reach your goal? Let me know in the comments!

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

19 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: A 10k Kind of Day

  1. I’ve managed 10k on a few occasions in the past years. Each time it was on a regional “Coffee Crawl” which is a 12-hour Write-a-thon we hold each year – usually splitting our time in four different coffee shops.

    This year I am aiming for 100k, so I’m hoping to get one or two 10k days in. I was happy to start with back-to-back 5k days though.

    Good luck on the 10k (I realize this was a couple of days ago, but I don’t read blogs every day…)!

    1. That sounds like a lot of fun! I’ve never heard of a Coffee Crawl. It’d be something to try someday.
      I hope you reach 100k! Are you on par so far? I tried writing 100k once during a Camp session and failed terribly, lol.
      Thank you, I did end up writing 10,095 words. It was a good day. 🙂

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