10,000 Reasons to Keep Writing


Recently I’ve been making an effort to exercise more. I set a goal of averaging 10,000 steps a day, and I track my steps with my phone. According to a random article on the internet, the 10,000 steps per day goal comes from a marketing campaign to sell pedometers in Japan. So, there’s no magic number of steps that will make anybody fit and healthy. But something about that number is alluring anyway.

I started thinking about the number ten thousand and how it surfaces in various contexts:

Since I’m writing about writing, here are some books where ten thousand is right there in the title:

I can only claim to have read the third one, which I recommend if you like free verse and aren’t too bothered by a leap or two into the unexpected. Just roll with it– you’ll end up somewhere interesting and beautiful.

Are there really ten thousand reasons to keep writing? If I thought long enough I could probably come up with a hundred. But then there are reasons from every other writer. Ten thousand is probably just the minimum.

Photo Credit

Photo Ten Thousand Buddha’s Monastery (119) by Constantine Agustin via flickr and licensed under CC 2.0