The Challenge Continues

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I’m making some changes for 2024. As many of you know, I discontinued the weekly publishing blog about a month ago. I will continue to talk about publishing on my Patreon page, but probably in a more personal way. Then, because I felt the need to ramp up my fiction production after a really awful year (both personally and in the writing), I issued a challenge to other writers. I needed the challenge to be formal to keep me honest. I’m no good at goodwill challenges with friends.

Surprisingly to me, the challenge is really working for me. I’m getting a lot done, and I’m working on two projects at once, something I never used to be able to do. So…Fey fans: I’m on the fourth book of the side series. I will have all kinds of cool things for you in 2024.

And I’m also writing short fiction. I wrote and sold one story last week (surprising me with the quickness of the response). Then I wrote another. I’m working on a “novella” (which just might be a novel) that you will hear more about, and I’m nearly done with that.

I feel like I’m back to my old production levels, and it feels really good. I’ll be updating you here whenever I have something new, which is one of the many things that fell by the wayside over the past few years. So expect to see more from me in the next months.

That said, here’s my first publication of 2024. (Look at the date on the cover.) A standalone novella for Asimov’s. This novella is dark but I love it. Sheila Williams, the editor of Asimov’s, calls this an sf/mystery, but it might just be sf/noir. I think you’ll like it. You can pick up a copy here.

Because the challenge is really working for me, I found myself worrying about January 1. It takes three weeks minimum for a habit to become ingrained, and I could see myself slacking off. (Especially since I have an in-person workshop coming up mid-month.) So I decided to issue another formal challenge for January only. Dean does these yearly challenges, but I can’t keep that kind of time in my head.

So same rules:

Write more consumable words than I do, and you will receive a free online writing workshop (worth $300) as your reward. That’s in addition to the online workshop that everyone who joins the challenge gets at the end of January.

So people who write more than I do will get $600 in workshops; people who write less will get $300 in workshops. And…it costs $300 to join the challenge. So essentially, you’re going to write to see if you can score one more workshop than you would otherwise—and you’ll get lots of writing done.

Consumable words are:

— Any fiction of any type (no requirement to publish during the challenge time)

— Any nonfiction that others will consume such as blogs, introductions to collections things like that.

— emails and comments on Facebook or blogs do NOT count.

No genre limitations.

You have until January 3 to sign up, but I figure most of you want to be onboard by Monday. So I’m posting this now.

Fingers crossed that 2024 is a more productive year. (Note that I did not say better. I’m still a bit shellshocked from 2023 and not willing to issue that challenge to the universe.)

I wish you all the best in the year to come!


4 thoughts on “The Challenge Continues

  1. Hi, Kris! I didn’t sign up for the challenge at end of 2023, but I’m curious if you’d share how much you accomplished in terms of word count?
    I admire everyone’s dedication to getting writing done. I have a personal goal of writing something every day in 2024, and so far am succeeding (three days in!).
    Happy New Year!

    1. Actually, I totalled my days, but not the overall total. I had Dean do that, because those kinds of numbers overall don’t work for me. So I don’t really know. Purposely. (Oh, the mind games we writers play…)

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