1K for 1K

Confession time! I don’t know how you writers do those 10K1Day things.

The most I’ve ever written in a day was about 5.5K, and that was during NaNo on Mid-Month Write-A-Thon Day. It felt GREAT, but I can’t imagine cranking out twice that many words in a day and preserving (what little remains of) my sanity.

Second confession time! I’m lazy.

I used to be better about working out, especially when I lived alone and there was no one around to hear my workout playlist (Kpop, basically. WOW, FANTASTIC BABY!). But lately, I’ve been doing a terrible job staying in shape.

Whew! *Wipes forehead* Feels good to get that off my chest.


Anyway. I saw a writer Tweeting about her 10K day recently and the thought occurred… why not try something that encourages both writing and activity? Instead of gluing myself to the couch for an entire Saturday and praying to the patron saint of prolific writing (Thomas Aquinas? Cicero?), why not put the marathon back in “writing marathon”?

And so, without further ado, I invite you all to the first ever



The idea is simple: an all-day writing marathon, but for every 1K you write, you walk or run (or skip or hop) 1K.*

That’s it!  The words get written, but your butt doesn’t go numb in the process, your waistline doesn’t expand from all those writing snacks you’re eating, and while you’re out walking, the ideas are flowing and the plot problems are solving themselves (or, you know, compounding…).

Sound interesting? Then please join me!

1K for 1K Day will take place Saturday, September 24th.

The Rules:

  • There’s no word goal, though you’re welcome to set yourself one. The idea is not so much to crank out as many words as possible, as to create a balance between writing and activity.
  • Write as much or as little as you like. Only have a few hours that day? That’s totally fine! Want to go from dawn till dusk? Also fine!
  • Take breaks whenever you want. Maybe you’re in the groove and you get all the way to 2K before you hit a breaking point–that’s okay, just walk 2k!
  • Check in! I’ll be tweeting using the #1Kfor1K hashtag and would love to see others there as well.
  • Check in again! Visit the 1K for 1K Google spreadsheet and grab a row! After all, we’re writers–we’re not happy unless we’re comparing ourselves to other writers, right?




And there you go! If you’re free that day and in need of some writing+exercise, please stop by!


*That’s .62 miles, but 1K for .62M Day didn’t have the same ring to it.




14 thoughts on “1K for 1K”

  1. Ayy, this sounds great! I’m actually planning to write a short story this weekend. It’s insanely hot in FL and I’d get way too sweaty running repeatedly (like clothes-go-immediately-in-the-washing-machine-because-they’re-dripping sweaty), so maybe a weight routine instead? I’ll do a full set rotation per 1k. Guidelines and all that, you know?

    Anyway, this is a great idea and I look forward to it! I’ve actually got an upcoming blog about working out while writing. Are you reading my mind again?

    I look forward to seeing you and everyone else in the hashtag!


  2. What a great idea. I’d say do it every month on any day of, say, week one.
    I love the idea of thinking and plotting while walking/working out. Those with Fitbits of other trackers will be mighty happy with this.
    Jay, Australia 🇦🇺


    1. Thank you! 🙂 My FitBit was certainly happy yesterday. 😀

      I’m definitely hoping to make this a regular thing, though once the snow starts falling here it may get tricky!


  3. Love-Love-Love! I missed the first day, but I’m starting this afternoon. I’m also sharing this event in my short story writing group. You’ve made visual the act of writer’s procrastination and come up with a way to energize and re-energize thinking, and promote and maintain physical health. Great. Those writer’s snacks can kill 😎


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