5K Day — 3 April 2014:

Welcome to 5K Day! This is an event inspired by Milli Thornton’s 10K Day for Writers, but I’ve cut the goal in half. Every other Thursday, I plan to host a new 5K Day, and you are all welcome to join me!

To start, I would recommend writing in specific blocks of time. 30 minutes is a good place to start. Set a timer (Cool Timer is a handy little gadget, or you can just use a kitchen timer if you want), and when the timer goes off, take a break for five, ten, or fifteen minutes. When your break is over, set the timer for another 30 minutes, and write some more.

I would also recommend keeping social media to a minimum during your work day. Maybe spend a little time on it in the morning, then a little in the evening. This is how I’ve been doing it, and it seems to work well. But everyone is different, so do what works for you. :-)

As for updates, you can update here in the comments as often as you like throughout the day as long as you don’t let it interfere with reaching your 5K goal (or whatever other goal you choose to shoot for). Try to update during breaks, rather than letting it become a distraction while you’re writing. I’m sure that seems obvious, but it’s easy for most of us to give in to distractions. No one knows that better than I do!

In your update, feel free to give us a word count, a general summary, or a short excerpt, if you’d like. It’s also fun when participants include what music they’re listening to (if any), what they’re drinking or snacking on, things like that. And don’t forget to encourage one another. That’s the best part about these kinds of events. :)

Now, get your keyboards ready, and let’s get writing!

Best of luck,

Lois Eighmy

Early Announcement for 5K Day 3 April 2014:

This is just a quick note to announce next week’s 5K Day. Any writer who wishes to participate is more than welcome. I’ll post the live entry on the 3rd to which we will all post our progress.

If you wish to RSVP, you may do so in a comment below, but it isn’t a requirement.

I look forward to seeing you back here next week.

In the meantime, keep writing forward!

Lois Eighmy

5K Day — 20 March 2014:

Welcome to 5K Day! This is an event inspired by Milli Thornton’s 10K Day for Writers, but I’ve cut the goal in half. Every other Thursday, I plan to host a new 5K Day, and you are all welcome to join me!

To start, I would recommend writing in specific blocks of time. 30 minutes is a good place to start. Set a timer (Cool Timer is a handy little gadget, or you can just use a kitchen timer if you want), and when the timer goes off, take a break for five, ten, or fifteen minutes. When your break is over, set the timer for another 30 minutes, and write some more.

I would also recommend keeping social media to a minimum during your work day. Maybe spend a little time on it in the morning, then a little in the evening. This is how I’ve been doing it, and it seems to work well. But everyone is different, so do what works for you. :-)

As for updates, you can update here in the comments as often as you like throughout the day as long as you don’t let it interfere with reaching your 5K goal (or whatever other goal you choose to shoot for). Try to update during breaks, rather than letting it become a distraction while you’re writing. I’m sure that seems obvious, but it’s easy for most of us to give in to distractions. No one knows that better than I do!

In your update, feel free to give us a word count, a general summary, or a short excerpt, if you’d like. It’s also fun when participants include what music they’re listening to (if any), what they’re drinking or snacking on, things like that. And don’t forget to encourage one another. That’s the best part about these kinds of events. :)

Now, get your keyboards ready, and let’s get writing!

Best of luck,

Lois Eighmy

Early Announcement for 5K Day 20 March 2014:

This is just a quick note to announce next week’s 5K Day. Any writer who wishes to participate is more than welcome. I’ll post the live entry on the 20th to which we will all post our progress.

If you wish to RSVP, you may do so in a comment below, but it isn’t a requirement.

I look forward to seeing you back here next week.

In the meantime, keep writing forward!

Lois Eighmy

5K Day — 6 March 2014:

Welcome to 5K Day! This is an event inspired by Milli Thornton’s 10K Day for Writers, but I’ve cut the goal in half. Every other Thursday, I plan to host a new 5K Day, and you are all welcome to join me!

To start, I would recommend writing in specific blocks of time. 30 minutes is a good place to start. Set a timer (Cool Timer is a handy little gadget, or you can just use a kitchen timer if you want), and when the timer goes off, take a break for five, ten, or fifteen minutes. When your break is over, set the timer for another 30 minutes, and write some more.

I would also recommend keeping social media to a minimum during your work day. Maybe spend a little time on it in the morning, then a little in the evening. This is how I’ve been doing it, and it seems to work well. But everyone is different, so do what works for you. :-)

As for updates, you can update here in the comments as often as you like throughout the day as long as you don’t let it interfere with reaching your 5K goal (or whatever other goal you choose to shoot for). Try to update during breaks, rather than letting it become a distraction while you’re writing. I’m sure that seems obvious, but it’s easy for most of us to give in to distractions. No one knows that better than I do!

In your update, feel free to give us a word count, a general summary, or a short excerpt, if you’d like. It’s also fun when participants include what music they’re listening to (if any), what they’re drinking or snacking on, things like that. And don’t forget to encourage one another. That’s the best part about these kinds of events. :)

Now, get your keyboards ready, and let’s get writing!

Best of luck,

Lois Eighmy