Some More Challenge Details
A Few More Details…
For those interested in the challenges I announced last night, here are a few more details about them.
Still lots of room in both challenges.
First I want to stress the point of this is to help writers and have fun and get some novels and stories done. I also function as a form of cheerleader along the way to help you keep going.
— For the novel challenge, you can start writing in September as long as you have no more than 50% of the novel done before October.
— Short story challenge only goes two months, but the novel challenge goes to January 15th to give everyone time for the holidays.
— Both challenges will have what I call “off-ramps” if things are not working. I will offer them at different points in the challenges. The off-ramps basically take you to two online workshops you can take any time. Sometimes we get into challenges and realize they are not working. So with these off-ramps, no one gets hurt. Basically you have just bought two online workshops.
— I will read any type of fiction. Any type. No restrictions.
— For the novel challenge, I will ask for a weekly update. But you only turn in the final book when it is done.
So below are the basics of both challenges again. I sure had fun with the reading this summer, so I am looking forward to doing this again this fall. I won’t be able to do this again at any point in the future that I can see right now.
SHORT STORY Challenge:
— Write thirty short stories in 60 days. You can take the full time or you can write them in a month. Up to you.
— I will charge $600 to be your first reader. If you finish 30 stories in 60 days, you get two online workshops of your choice, a $600 value. (In essence, I will read for free if you do the challenge.)
— If you feel the challenge is not working for you, I will offer you an off-ramp at various points and you can take it and get the two online workshops. So you can try this risk free.
— Write three novels between October 1st and January 15th. You can take the full time or you can write them quicker. Up to you.
— I will charge $600 to be your first reader. If you finish the three novels in the time, you get two online workshops of your choice, a $600 value. (In essence, I will read for free if you do the challenge.)
— Novels can be any length over 30,000 words and at least half of the first one must be written during the time of the challenge.
— If you feel the challenge is not working for you, I will offer you an off-ramp and you can take it and get the two online workshops. I also will give you two online workshops if a life event comes up and you can’t finish.
My duties as first reader will be this:
I will read your story or novel as a reader, comment as a reader and as an editor some. I will tell you what I liked, what didn’t work for me, and general stuff like that. I WILL NOT COPYEDIT or REWRITE your story or help you plot your story. However, I will tell you if it would work as a novel. (grin)
— Cost is $600. No restrictions. First five signed up for each challenge are in.
So in summary, pay $600 to get me as a first reader for thirty stories or three novels. Start on October 1st. Short story challenge goes until the end of November, the novel challenge until January 15th. If you get them done, you get two $300 online workshops and my reading for free.
Any questions, feel free to write me or ask in the comments section.
I am happy to see this coming up again, after missing the last one. The last two months I worked on keep writing every day. Did it. Now continuing to a crazy challenge sounds great to exercise Heinleins rule number two and really try your write into the dark workflow.
I am a non native speaker, and this challenge would bei a great option to make me write more in English and get some short stories done. All new of course. Would you accept me or do you prefer people with perfect language skills only?
How do I sign up?
Can I pay via PayPal?
Looking forward to read your answer.
Even those of us who are native English don’t have perfect language skills. I sure don’t. So of course I would love to read your stories. And if there is a pattern that emerges concerning a language issue, I can help with that as you go along as well. So no worries at all. They key is to think of this as fun and a challenge.
I will write you directly with details.