Post by Siana Blackwood on Jan 5, 2015 4:43:39 GMT
Just wondering what kind of 'short' challenges people like.
* The 'Week 1' etc. challenges like on NaNoFiMo where you set a goal you'd like to reach by the end of the week and work towards it. * Daily/weekend challenges * Word wars, 'write x words if...', 'write without using the backspace/delete keys' and other things that you can do loads of in a single day
...and probably lots more. Descriptions, links to examples etc. all welcome.
When Nanoing or writing for a long period of time, there are two things that I do often do that stand out in particular.
Pub crawls, especially the themed ones. There's a Hunger Games one that I can't help but revisit over and over. When I'm doing a pub crawl, it mixes up my desires for variation and that ever-present: getstuffdoneandstopwastingtimereadingforumchallengesgoshdangit. Also, I've got a weird competitive streak where sometimes I want to beat the CPU more than the other players. So when I'm doing a pub crawl, there's something ultimately fulfilling when I get the max possible word count (and earn another life/coin/redo in the process!).
The Tortoise Race: Anti-Distraction Tactics. I've done this challenge more times than I'd like to admit to, and the reason for that is I love measuring my progress, but am too lazy to keep a log. Also, the premise is great. Write for six ten-minute intervals, pausing only to restart the time in between? It's a lot, but it's one of those tricks that keep you and the muse together when you finally merge. Also, I've got a "nemesis" I'm always trying to beat, and this is one of our favorites.
A pub crawl is a compilation of challenges that include word wars, sprints, how much you can get in a certain amount of time, how long it takes you to get to a certain WC/number of words, etc designed to help boost your word count. They're formatted in the way that you're going through a certain situation and you have to do a specific challenge at each plot point or, in the original pub crawl, whichever pub at which you have "stopped."
You can do the pub crawl itself on your own since it's designed so that you can challenge yourself to complete each task, or you can do it with a fellow writer to see who can write faster, more words, get the challenge done quicker, etc. A lot of crawls involve word wars against other writers. But if no one's on, I challenge myself to get my average speed (towards the end of Nano, I aimed for however many minutes x 100 words because when the muse hits, my fingers fly).
Sometimes each step has it's own time limit (i.e., a ten minute word war, fifty-headed hydra), and sometimes there is no time limit. You can take it at whatever pace you want pretty much, the rules are just a "guideline." What I love about them is that they're a list of challenges to do disguised in a story.
Some more of my favorite crawls, in case my explanation sucked:
tyess: Hello. So... what has happened this year?
Jun 5, 2019 14:03:00 GMT
mim: I wrote smut to amuse myself, but it forgot to become smut. They ended up fighting instead of in bed. Which was a problem when they were fanfic characters on a site too, actually...
Jun 10, 2019 3:52:14 GMT
Jᴀy A. Rᴀᴍᴀ 💀🐍: Well, you know what they say about how fight scenes and the other f word scenes are very similar-- they both involve lots of action. >
Jun 16, 2019 4:57:18 GMT
Corvid: hey gang! just shouting to say HELLO & i hope to produce Content and be more active in this community in the near future
Jul 17, 2019 21:00:21 GMT