If you click on that little thumbnail to the left, you will see how I am starting to make writing a habit. Yes, I’m cheating by using a program online. But, just holding myself accountable, or having you guys hold me accountable, just isn’t working. (Partly because there’s not enough of you that care.)
This is only day two of my using HabitRPG, but let me tell you this, it’s working. I set my writing goals small for now. 250 words a day for my personal writing, and if you look under the “Dailies” there’s one that says “Write 100 words exactly.” That one is a challenge set by someone else. And rewards will be given out to the winner. I’m not sure what that reward is, I’d have to go back and look. Also, I’m making that 100 words and 250 words completely separate.
At the top of the screen are two bars, one red, and one a yellow-ish orange. The red is your “health.” If you don’t complete a daily, or you get a negative (Yes, it can also be used to break bad habits,) that goes down. I’m not sure yet what happens when it gets to zero, and I hope I never do. The second bar is your “experience.” You gain experience by completing that tasks that you set for yourself. How many points depends upon how difficult it is. Most of mine at the moment are set to “easy” because they’re not that hard. A couple are set to “medium” and only two right now (The plotting ones) are set to “hard.”
Ooh. And the rewards. On the right hand side, you’ll see that I have “New Episode of Doctor Who” and the date it comes out. Well, in order to watch that, I must have gained 10 gold. You get gold along with experience for completing tasks.
Anyway. That’s how I am making writing a habit. How are you going to make it a habit?
Though this post will go live roughly seven and a half hours before -I- can begin, I wanted to have a post kicking off the new WriMo!
If you participate in NaNoWriMo, but don’t do JulNoWriMo, check it out. Seriously. The forums are a lot smaller, the feeling of camaraderie is greater and it’s just all around fun. (Boo to CampNaNo for taking the July month, but if you don’t participate, check out JulNoWriMo. Come on.)
The goal is, as with NaNoWriMo, 50,000 words (but you have 31 days instead of 30, so it’s even easier!)
My project this year is described here , but if you don’t want to go to the website, it’s a rewrite of Time for Change, titled Shadows and Lies. The blurb is as follows:
Sparrow is an anomaly in a world that is under the dictator-like control of a man who calls himself Emperor. She lives outside the strictly controlled life of everyone else. But one day, with no warning, that life is turned upside down. Men that work for Emperor find her, and those she keeps safe. She is captured, but they do not hold her for long before a group of rebels rescues her.
But she is so much more than meets the eye. Her power, so much more than that of anyone in recent memory (save Emperor), could be the key to finally over throwing him, and gaining their freedom.
But not everything is how it seems, and the secrets beneath the lies and pretty paint could unravel everything they hope to achieve.
I’m very bad at writing blurbs, but there it is.
My goal is (tentatively) 75,000 words, but I’ll be happy with 2.000 words a day (ending with 62,000). I barely made the 50,000 word count goal during NaNoWriMo, but I hope my writing has sped up this time around.
Also, one more word of wisdom.
You don’t have to wait for a WriMo to write. I put off writing for an entire month because “Oh, JulNoWriMo is next month, I’ll do it then.” Don’t do that. After JulNoWriMo, I’m going to keep writing, and keep editing, and never EVER stop. If I do, somebody slap me.
Happy WriMo’ing. Add me!
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