I wrote a brief guide to Ks here. That should have all you need to know to start off, but I think I’ll use this as a chance to elaborate on Ks a bit.
It’s important not to be scared of Ks. They’re just another way of talking about debate - when answering or running one, just think about what the other person is saying and whether it ultimately means they win or lose.
Ks critique something about the status quo that we take for granted. They might point out that the way we think about certain things precludes certain conclusions from being reached - for example, your plan to slash the living wage might ignore how socioeconomic status and race are linked, and stop us from ever being able to solve systemic racism if we keep ignoring it. Even if it might have good impacts initially - like stimulating economic growth or increasing jobs - it allows systemic racism to continue and denies America the chance of becoming a truly equal country.
It’s important to understand what Ks do, how they function in the round more broadly,
in order to run them correctly. They critique a particular way of thinking about a problem rather than the specific answer to the problem that the other person came up with.
Of course, you can’t just bring up a problem without providing a solution. Take a lot of time to think about your alternative - this is probably the weakest point of most ks. When you write the alt text, think about how it will interact with what the other person is advocating and how it is a better idea.
The other thing is read the philosophy. Just pick up a book or email me for a semi-illicit pdf of it, get a pen and a stack of sticky notes, and get your crate of monster for a fun all-nighter reading foucault. I have this lovely reading list of philosophers for LD – I’ll probably make another one for K debate, since it’s slightly different, but for now just pick a few authors and start reading. Having a large body of knowledge will do wonders for your confidence and ability to argue well.
If you know what type of K you want to write or what topic you want a K for, I’d be really excited to help you write it. Best of luck!