Challenge,  On Writing

To Be Clear On A Couple of Things…

I Got Questions From Writers…

In the Sprint Writing challenge with Kris, yes she will report in to those in the challenge every day about what her writing day was like and how much she got done. SHE NEVER DOES THIS NORMALLY!!

I live with her and I don’t have a clue what happens in that office when she is writing. So this is stunning and should be a real learning experience for all of us.

If you are not in the challenge, there is no way to get these reports or even how many words she wrote.

If you are in the challenge, you only report in once to me at the end and Kris and I will go over everything. We will ask for daily word counts at the end from you, so keep track of those.

Second Question shows I was not clear on when to sign up.

This writing challenge starts on Monday, December 18. So only a  few days left to sign up, because you CAN NOT sign up after the challenge starts.

And yes, Kris likes the holidays and she will be taking some days off in there if we follow our normal holiday routines, which we seem to be planning to do.

So here is the information again from last night’s blog.

Get your writing going for the new year. Jump into the challenge. You will be happy you did.

A Two-Week Writing Challenge With Kris!

The challenge is to write as many consumable words from Monday, December 18th through December 31st 2023 as Kris writes.

What are “consumable” words?

— 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.

You can NOT count emails and comments on Facebook and other social media or comments on blogs. They do NOT count.

No genre limitations.


1… Every day Kris will send a letter through the class email system to just those in the challenge talking about the words she wrote the previous day and her experience. There will be a running count on the class of Kris’s total words every few days.

She will not talk about the content of what she is writing. And neither should you talk about your content.

2… The cost is $300.

(No credit from anything, I am afraid. Can’t buy in with credit to get more credit.)

3… If you do NOT write as many words as she does in the two weeks, you get $300 credit toward any online teaching, such as Pop-Up series or lectures or classics or lifetime workshops.

So in essence, you are buying at least $300 credit and getting the chance to watch Kris and see how you stack up against her writing output.

4… If you beat Kris’s word count at the end of the 14 day sprint, you get $600 in credit for anything on Teachable to be used at any point for anything in the future (except other challenges.)

Kris will report each day about her previous day’s writing through the email program in the Teachable class, but only to those in the challenge.

5… On January 1st you will report to Dean your word count in the 14 days to get your credit. Kris and Dean both will go over the results.

6… You must sign up before December 18th. This will shut down to new sign-ups at that time. So only a few days to jump into the fun and challenge.

Kris is excited to do this. She usually doesn’t do challenges, but since the two of us are both coming out of a long fall, she thinks this two week challenge sprinting to the end of the year will be great fun.

This is a win/win/win challenge. Jump in, should be fun and get your writing fired up for the new year! And you get an up-close look at how Kris writes on a daily basis.



  • Keith West

    Hi, Dean.

    Do things written for workshop assignments count as consumable words or are they considered the same as comments on blogs?

    Thanks, and looking forward to this.


    • dwsmith

      They do not count. Only if professional where lot of people can consume it and it is original to you. No social media posts, no emails, no responses or questions like these. And no workshop assignments.