cat_rood: (Rules)
This post, actually, started out in my head as a 'Why I do NaNoWriMo' post. However, I was talking with a friend over IMs, and realized I don't, really, need to get into why I do NaNoWriMo. Mostly, because it boiled down to just a few words:

Because I want to.

Perhaps not the most adult answer, but the most honest one.

However, I thought that I'd answer a question that my friend asked me:

"Why do challenges all year long? Isn't NaNo enough?"

Well, I'm going to answer the latter question first: No, NaNo isn't enough. See; although the franticness of November includes NaNo and Thanksgiving, it isn't enough to keep me going all year long.

So, this past year, I experimented with giving myself guidelines and a schedule to keep. Some of that schedule got skewed along the way (this past summer I didn't have nearly as much writing time as I thought) but all in all, I worked a lot better with the schedule, than I did without.

It's also why my personal journal ends up being more of a 'what needs to be done today' list than an actual journal. Although today I tl;dr-ed all over the place.

Yes, I make lists. If I don't, nothing gets done. No, seriously, nothing gets done. I look down and it's 10am. I look up and it's 3.30 and all I've managed to get done is lose horribly at spider solitaire a lot.

Frankly, that's not a skill that I should flaunt.

The lists keep me on track. But, here's the thing: Even lists aren't enough to keep me motivated. So, I look around for things to keep my brain moving and keep me from getting bored with what I have to do to improve my writing.

That is where my competitive streak comes in. See, I cannot let other people 'beat' me. I cannot roll over and let them 'win' at anything, even if it's something so silly as creating something that I neither have the skill nor the patience to create.

I join challenges to keep me going. I join challenges so that I can point to something and say "I beat that!" I'm sure this points to something psychological or something, but I just use it as a motivational tool.

There are some other pretty hefty reasons, but those are personal and this is a writing blog. Back to the writing:

Challenges keep me from stagnating and playing so much spider solitaire that I explode my computer out of sheer frustration. That means that at the end of the week/month/day/whatever, I have something to point to and say... "I did that."

Now, to give updates on my various challenges: Challenges )

So, this entry has become very long and pretty much a big ego stroke for me. However, I believe creators - be it in writing, cooking, fabric crafts or anything else - have the need to stroke their own egos every once in a while.

I know several writers who do it. They do it unashamedly. I'm trying to follow their good examples. Now, if I could just get something published? Then, you'd really see some ego stroking!

Day 1

Jan. 1st, 2011 09:59 pm
cat_rood: (Arissia)
So, today is Day One of a lot of challenges, for me. And day... 25-ish for another one.

So let's get on with the challenges!

1: Creative Every Day: Well today, I worked on some cross stitch as well as a character profile for another original novel. I hope to cook something tomorrow, and maybe do some more cross stitch. That satisfies this little challenge.

2: 750 Words: Yeah, that whole character profile? That was my words for today.

3: Get Your Words Out: The character history and some RP added to this count for today. I'm at 1,395/250,000. That's only .06%, but I've got plenty of time! It's a good start.

4: [community profile] origfic_bingo: We got cards today! I'm looking forward to working on mine for a little while. I might do that tomorrow, in between working on another Character.

I don't know how often I'll update everyone on these, but feel free to poke me about them. I'm horrible about remembering. So, feel free to poke me if you're curious.

I do plan on putting up pictures of the cross stitch as I finish them. And maybe the knitting I plan to do too. Depends on the youtube videos that I can find.
cat_rood: (Rules)
I've decided I'm doing writing/creative challenges for 2011. So, this is going to be my master list of just what I've signed up for:

1:



Creative Every Day (thanks to [personal profile] finch for pointing it out!)

Now the rules state it doesn't have to be writing, but that's usually my outlet of choice. I'm going to try knitting this year, so, it's time to see about getting that done. Plus, part of my resolutions this year is to finish some cross stitch. Meaning, that I'm going to have to work on things. Plus, with a challenge, I tend to do better. I need to have something to work for. And people to beat. IDEK.

2: 750 words! I actually like this one. It's a small, reasonable goal that pretty much everyone can do. It's only 750 words a day, and that's less than an hour's work, unless I'm really struggling and I'm generally not. It's something to work for, and I have to keep going to get the badges that are offered as accomplishment, you see.

3: Get Your Words Out is a challenge where you sign up for a number (I signed up for 250k) to write over the course of the year. I have a lot of writing ahead of me, but it's possible. There's stories to be written and I need to be writing them. (thanks to [personal profile] kay_brooke!) The info post is here

4: I'll be doing NaNoWriMo again this November. Just like I do every year, because I'm a big old bunch of fail.

5: [community profile] origfic_bingo. Seriously, this helps with backstory and fleshing things out a bit and working around and through things. It's great for cleaning the brain pan out a little. And for getting the creative juices flowing.

I think that's all I'm doing. But gods only know. I might end up signing up for more. I know I'm going to be doing NaNoEdMo in March too. But that's not a challenge so much as a "dear god EDIT that thing!" for me.

Anyone have any others to suggest? I do better with challenges and reasons to be prodded in the Word Processor direction.
cat_rood: (NaNo 2004)
This is a month long challenge so that I don't go insane waiting for NaNoWriMo (have they launched the bloody damned site yet?).

I have a bingo card.

I'm going to be putting up prompts from it here in my journal, since it'll just be odd things that won't make it into anything major.

Everyone ready?

Bingo! )

Edit: And I sat down and WROTE one of the prompts tonight, as exhausted as I am.

Dude, what the hell is wrong with me?

Probably needs beta'd, but, hell, it's writing and it just vomited onto the screen. Yep, I'm ready for NaNo

Edit #2 Electric Boogaloo: ... Make that two prompts. Heh.

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