Are Your Ready to Write?

Combined Words Written By Participants So Far

June 2019 I started writing my fourth novel, but as every writer knows, the blank page is an intimidating thing. I had a goal of writing 10,000 words in one day because I wanted to jump head-first into my story, but I knew to get there I needed some accountability.

Eventually, I was able to get 15 other writers to team up with me for this challenge and we all spent the day writing our hearts away! Some hit 10,000 words and some didn’t, but the important thing was that we all wrote something and had fun along the way!

Anyone can participate in the #10kWritingChallenge, but if you’re an AuthorTuber I encourage you to vlog the experience for fun, and also accountability! Everyone is encouraged to post on social media about their experience using #10kWritingChallenge and tagging your host, @mandilynnwrites.

Next Challenge:

February 9th

Why Participate?

Because you need to write! So besides the obvious, if you hit 10,000 words, you get a free sticker with the #10kWritingChallenge logo on it labeling you as a winner! Your name will also be added to this website as WINNERS!!!

Donations are not required to participate but it is appreciated to help cover the costs of the stickers and shipping! Just $1 helps!

Want a Pin?

Originally winners of the challenge received a free pin. Unfortunately, over time shipping costs got to be too much. If you’re more of a pin person, you can still claim a pin! You just have to pay for shipping.

February Co-Host: Jenna Streety

Jenna Streety is a science-fiction and fantasy writer who shares her writing journey on AuthorTube, a platform she uses to uplift the notion that the ‘starving artist lifestyle’ is dead. As an avid enforcer of self-care for the creative spirit, she strives to show other artists that hustling and loving yourself can come hand-in-hand.

When she’s not staring at the stars, she’s writing about them in her Los Angeles home with her cat, Lucifer, and way too many snacks.

Follow Jenna on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.

Learn How To Write 10,000 Words in One Day!


Do I have to participate on the specified date?

Yes. I try my best to host these writing challenges as often as possible. Not everyone will be able to participate in every challenge and that’s okay! Just because you can’t officially participate doesn’t mean you can’t write 10,000 words on your own. However, you can only win a pin if you wrote 10,000 words on the day of the challenge.

Is this open internationally?

Yes! Even if you live halfway across the world you can still participate and you can still win a free pin!

Can I participate more than once?

Of course! You can do as many challenges as you’d like! At this time, you can only win one pin, even if you’ve won multiple times. This may change in the future if different pin designs come out.

Is it free to participate?

Yes! It’s free to participate and free to win a pin! If you’d like to help cover the costs of the pins and shipping, you can donate here.

What counts as writing 10,000 words in one day?

“One day” means one day in your time zone. This challenge is based on the honor system, so I depend on you being a good judge as what counts as “one day” for you. In the past, I’ve even counted finishing at 1:30 am as a win! If you had to stay up that late to get to your word count, you’ve earned it!

How do I report how many words I've written?

The day after the #10kWritingChallenge you will receive an email from me with a link to a survey. In that survey, you’ll be able to tell me your word count.

Twitter Writing Sprints

To help you stay on track, I’ll be hosting writing sprints from my Twitter account! @mandilynnwrites

If you’ll be hosting writing sprints as well, like on YouTube, leave your information in the comment section at the bottom of this page!

All time is in EST. Sprints start every hour, on the hour.

7:00 – 7:45 am

8:00 – 8:45 am

9:00 – 9:45 am

10:00 – 10:45 am

11:00 – 11:45 am

Past #10kWritingChallenge Winners

Tracey – @traceylglass

Sarah – @misslogops

Sydney – @Sydney_E_Rain

Ana – @BellaTatra

Jennifer – @ifyoukeepthisup

Sabra – @SabraMWrites

Linsey – @Bookishlinsey

Lexi – @AuthorLexiSwann

Breanna – @riddle_writes

Mike – @mcoville

Jessie – @XiSceneKittyXi

HarmoniousASMR – @HarmoniousASMR

Hannah – @hjohnsonwrites

Shannon Kaper – @kapershannon

D.L. Stewart – @DLStewartAuthor

Monique Diplock – @Moniquediplock

Ruth Parker

Tamara Pawloske – @angelofmusic997

Kimberly Swartz – @AuthorKimSwartz

Kyra Hunter – @meetkyrahunter

Kiley Keeling – @kileykeeling

Samatha Grubey – @SamanthaJayne_x

Cassie Beebe – @CassTeaElle

Anne Mactavish – @MactavishAnne

Cynthia Carbonneau – @TheWolfRanger

Sara Mov – @Sara_Mov

K. A. Wyles – @Kawyles

Shancurty Ignacio – @AuthorSDIgnacio

Rowan Rook – @xRowanRookx

Jacob Jones – @JacobIsHereYT

Erin Foster – @erinfosterbooks

Ali Winters – @aliwinters_

Sascha- @Alexiswrites2

Kim- @Kim_kibara

Nicole- @NicoleJG8

Brandi- @BandiCrawford

Kiley- @kileykeeling

KJ- @novellyKJ

Anthezar- @Anthezar

Rebekah- @Bekah_Plays416

Renee- @reneewestwrites

Charity- @charityrau1

Milly- @authormills

KA- @Kawyles

Trish- @Marekitty

Timi- @imit1989

Celeste- @CeCeleste_Joan

Brianna- @briarrose143

Madi- @madiadornai

Stephanie- @blueyed_sparrow

Trish- @Marekitty2

Tracy- @TracyPaulin

Kristin- @kktoday

Amity- @readbyamity

Stephanie- @Blueyed_sparrow

See where it all started!

Watch the #10kWritingChallenge Playlist!


  1. Shannon Kaper

    I so want to do this again but unfortunately, I won’t be able to participate in the next one because we will be moving that weekend. Good luck to everyone!!

    • Heather Kirchhoff

      I’ll join if I don’t have to work.

  2. Danielle Gastineau

    I can’t wait! I plan to add 10k to my current WIP.

  3. Monique Diplock

    Ohh, 6 days after Uni starts back, that should make things interesting!

  4. Jamie Klingensmith

    So excited to do this! This will give the perfect push to finish my first draft!

  5. Erin Foster

    Sounds fun! Happy to participate in this one. 🙂

  6. Shelina

    So glad I found you again. Oh my goodness, I had no idea you were doing this kind of challenge and the buttons are a nice touch! You’ve always been an encouragement to me. I’m signing up today.

  7. Shancurty Ignacio

    Heya, can I still join if I write in a different time? The challenge will start at nighttime in our place. Is it best if I can do it in the morning and submit my progress after? 😀 Thanks!

  8. Ali Winters

    Thanks for this challenge! It was so much fun, I’ve never written so much in one day before!

  9. Lewis Williams

    Do I upload the story?

  10. Jessica

    This is a really fantastic idea! I just missed this last challenge, but I’ll keep my eyes open for the next one. Those pins are super cute, too!

  11. Linda Hamonou

    I have a crazy schedule tomorrow but I’m totally going to try!

  12. Phoebe Ross

    Joining at some point early in the morning! Hoping to revise 10k words tomorrow! Considering I haven’t written or revised a single word this month, this should be interesting! LOL

  13. Antonio

    I never received the email for the Dec 29 challenge 🙁

    • mandilynnwrites

      If you signed up for each challenge via email, then you’ll always get the emails. Make sure to also check your spam folder.

  14. Elira

    Can’t wait to get started! I might have writing sprints with my accountability partners


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