Post by Siana Blackwood on Sept 3, 2015 6:56:54 GMT
The Consistency Game has now been running for... I think 21 days now? In that amount of time, only one person has managed a seven-day streak. It seems that 100% consistency isn't something any of us can manage at the moment, so I'm wondering about a rule change so the challenge better reflects our current capabilities.
A couple of ideas I thought of:
1. Reduce the streak length - make it 5 days of consistency instead of 7 to go up a level.
2. Keep the streak length at 7 days, but allow a 5-day writing week - that is, you can skip 2 days of every 7 without breaking your streak.
The point of the Consistency Game is to establish two things - a consistent writing habit and a sustainable level of effort. If 'write every day' isn't the most productive/practical habit, then it makes more sense to adapt the challenge to individuals' aims.
Example: say you wanted to establish a weekend writing habit. You might start on 500 words, with two days of consistency as the goal to go up a level and 2 'missed' days to go down a level, with weekday writing/not writing completely ignored.
Post by Jᴀy A. Rᴀᴍᴀ 💀🐍 on Sept 5, 2015 23:43:27 GMT
It's not that it's too hard beyond the fact that any consistency is hard in and of itself, more that one size doesn't fit all. I think we ought to let each person define what consistency means for them, even if that means one person shoots for writing every weekend, one shoots for every day, one shoots for every other day, or 5/7 days a week any days, etc. I've hesitated from restarting in September because I know now I can't write every day, which the original rules require.
Also, the levels can be stringent, flexible, or optional, as defined by the person. That way someone who's already achieved a level of consistency they're comfortable with still has some reason to stay in the game, by shooting for regular streaks.
Also, we should allow the word count to be totaled over all the projects written during the day, or a separate goal for each.
"Be excellent to each other...and party on, dudes!" - Bill and Ted
If you're working on multiple projects, you can either divide your goal between them or have a separate goal for each project.
So is this, which is supposed to cover making it optional to keep increasing the levels:
You can leave the game, take a break from it or stop increasing your goal whenever you like.
The problem is that it suited me personally to have separate goals for my two main projects, so I guess my post made it look like that was the proper way to sign up. Definitely seems to have made everyone follow my lead, at any rate.
Okay, so to properly cover custom options, I think a fresh sign-up might look something like the two examples below. Thoughts?
Starting wordcount: 100 words. Levels (Y/N, number of words): Yes, 50 words. Consistency goal (days per week): 4. Days of consistency to 'level up': 8. Projects (overall total or list titles): overall total. 100 words:
Starting wordcount: 500 words. Levels (Y/N, number of words): N. Consistency goal (days per week): 5. Days of consistency to 'level up': N/A. Projects (overall total or list titles): Awesome Novel, Cool Short Story. Awesome Novel:
Post by Danielle Wayland on Sept 6, 2015 5:53:34 GMT
Yeah for me, personally, it's not that the challenge itself is hard; I can do ~100 words in a 5min sprint. It's just I don't have the time to sit down and get to it. A lot of the time I either find myself out all day or trying to catch up on other things. I think that yeah, the schedule might work better if it were flexible, and it would make it look more enticing to join in because we have a wider range of control over it. If that makes sense? 2a.m here eep!
a) Stick with the original version of the challenge. b) Sign up for the new challenge, carrying over all or part of your progress and goals from the original challenge. c) Sign up for the new challenge and make a fresh start.
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