If it wasn’t obviously already between some miserable illness, getting a late start, and usual procrastination/life hectiness, no NaNoWriMo again this year.
However, Monica Valentinelli posted on her blog about the December Marathon. It’s an idea she came up with for a lower key NaNoWriMo. For one thing, you set your own goal. Secondly, for fun, you pick something that you will do if you fail to make writing progress on a day. This sounds like it might be more fitting for me right now than a full on NaNoWriMo. Both because life is just busy right now (even the kids are complaining about it being too hectic!), and I’m also more interested in producing a finished product than just pure word count (with the corollary that I’m not polished enough to presume pure word count grinding will lead to a finished product).
I’m still trying to figure out my choices. First off, should I try taking a chunk out of the novel I was starting on for NaNoWriMo? I still have plenty of planning I’d like to do on it first, however. Monica has also mentioned RPG products since she’s quite a seasoned pro in that realm.
- I’m more comfortable with RPG writing (having published a few things over the past 8 years),
- psychologically, I could use an “
quickeasier win” to get my writing mojo going before I try jumping into the fiction deep end again,
- I set a goal for myself to either be ready to release some of my eRPG product ideas by the end of the year, and here it is the last month, and
- I’ve been jonesing for more RPG since both of my main groups have gone on hiatus,
I’m set on working on a RPG adventure. Gotta pick which – either the standalone “Adamantine Prison” idea, or the beginning of the planar Adventure Path. Considering #2 above, I think I’m going standalone.
Now, for the “punishment”. My pain in the butt house chores, I have to do either way. I’ve considered exercise things, but that seems like a mixed message since I mean to do more of that anyway. Hurm… I suppose basement cleaning could work. It’s an overwhelming job that has been waiting to be done for years. Plus I can always set it as “Do an hour of cleaning in the basement”. That way, I can pick an hour and just decide – spend it writing or cleaning. Kind of a nice cop out. Sure that’ll work. If I think of anything more interesting, I’ll go with that. But for now, that sounds reasonable. Plus if I do end up cleaning down there at all, I have quite a bit of old RPG material stored away that can work as nice research/motivation. Win-win!
So, let’s give this another try with the December Marathon.