I’ve decided that I like having a specific topic to write about every day. Having to write about my novel every day of November meant I was almost always thinking about it, whether I was thinking about it or not, and whether I wanted to or not, I got work done on it. I think I want to try to make a regular thing of choosing a project goal for a month and working towards it every day. Might not pan out like NaNo, but it’s worth a shot.
I tried to think of what sorts of projects I’d choose to work on for the months of December and January. This time last year, I was actually thinking very similar thoughts: “if I could spend a whole month working on NaNoWriMo, what could I focus my attention on for a month and get done, and can I do it every month?” I met with mixed success last year: for the entire month of December, I made sprites of Chrono Cross characters.
January last year, I set about working on my comic for its launch in March, and I managed to get quite a bit done before the website ever went live. I started out with a pretty significant buffer, which dwindled as time went on. Eventually it reached the point where it is now: I’m barely staying ahead of the comic, drafting, writing, and building only a week or so in advance. I have gotten faster at it, though.
So, I decided that for the month of December, I’m going to work on the comic. Even when I’m not working directly on the comic, I’m going to be thinking about it. I’d like to get my buffer back up: back up to a couple weeks in advance, I think. That would be really nice: a nice Christmas gift to myself. Better than getting a gaming console that won’t run my favorite games for the PS2. No, I’m not bitter, why do you ask?