Monday, January 4, 2010

Getting Back in the Game

This weekend, a friend of mine told me about his brother-in-law,a former football player, whose 2009 sucked harder than mine. He lost his dad to a lingering illness, his mom a month later; the family business he inherited went under; he has a family to support and no job. Compared to that, I'm doing OK.

The thing that made me dust off this old hollow blog is that my friend's brother-in-law is writing a novel. Already has several chapters done, and outlines for several others. I don't know if he's written anything before, or how good his writing is, but I do know that I have a master's degree in Playwriting, and I have not been doing much writing myself. Now that I have some time while looking for a job, why am I not doing the same? I was piddling around for awhile on a project of my own, but it was going nowhere.

Long story short, I decided to start setting a goal for myself. It's a modest goal,but accomplishable I think. I'm going to write five hundred words a day and post it on this blog. I can write more thn a hundred words, but if I do, the count still resets to 0 the next day. I won't make any promises about the content, though at this point I think it will be mostly gaming related.

At this point, these are my goals:

1) Get some writing done. Any writing. On a daily basis (once every twenty-four hours). If you notice that I'm falling behind that, please drop me a line.

2) Improve the writing that I do by self-editing. If you see me doing something truly egregious, please let me know, but I'm a pretty good speller and know the basics of grammer. I could probably use some pointers on style, but that may be a matter of taste.

3) Create a setting and some scenarios for an RPG game. The system I prefer is Risus: The ANYTHING RPG, which is available for free at http://www222.pair.com/sjohn/risus.htm. It's awesome.

This post doesn't count against the five hundred word limit, BTW. The count is zero.

2 comments:

Guy Hoyle said...

About 1500 words on the first day. Not bad.

DD Ra said...

I love your writing, and I think it is a good idea to set yourself a daily goal, even if it will be hard sometimes to stand before your white page !