While having coffee with Lori Widmer yesterday, I mentioned I was thinking about letting my readers choose my next big writing challenge or experiment.
I'm not sure if I'm a total glutton for punishment or if I just trust you guys and gals an awful lot, but I decided I'm going to run with this idea.
So here's the deal:
I want you to submit challenge or experiment ideas here in the comments or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll narrow it down and put up a survey next week.
What kinds of things am I looking for? Here are some ideas to get you started:
- A certain word count goal for the month
- Drafting a novel or nonfiction book in a certain amount of time
- Tackling a new genre
- Conducting some kind of research or experiment because you want data related to our work that isn't available yet
- An experiment related to running or launching a blog (such as starting something from scratch without the benefit of tying it to my existing platform, and I'd report back on progress)
- Launching a blog in a certain niche
- Writing a certain number of blog posts in a set amount of time
- Experiments or challenges related to productivity (like working with different writing methods such as longhand and dictation)
- Something marketing or PR-related that can be tied to running a writing or publishing business
You can get creative with it. And these can be big -- think anywhere from a week to a few months. Just keep it in line with the kind of work I actually do (for example, writing a poetry collection probably won't make the short list).
You can be as tough on me as you want. I don't shy away from a challenge. At the same time, try to be realistic here. Make it difficult (otherwise, it's not much of a challenge!). But there should be at least some chance it's achievable. For example, 100k words in a month is tough, but I've done it before and can do it again. A 500k word challenge in a single month is probably pushing it. Definitely pushing it. So let's not go there.
My only real "rule" beyond that is other writers should be able to learn something from my experience -- whether I succeed or fail. Depending on the nature of the challenge, I'll either share progress reports as I go or publish a write-up at the end.
So if you want to know if something can realistically be done, and you want someone to test that for you, propose the challenge. Or if you just want to see if you can push me to my limits for shits and giggles, but me documenting the process would still help other writers, I'm cool with that too.
So let me have it! What writing challenge would you like to see me take on next?
Jenn has 18 years experience writing for others, around 13 years experience in blogging, and over 10 years experience in indie e-book publishing. She is also an Active member of the Horror Writers Association.
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