This post contains my thoughts about the 30 Characters challenge by Tyler James. I’m going to put a jump in so folks can skip over if they want. Since this has little to do with Djinnborn directly, anyone not interested in this feedback can skip over this post!
Before the jump, I’ll give a brief overview.
Most of you have heard of NaNoWriMo, right? For those that haven’t, it’s a challenge for writers of all types. The goal is to write a “novel” within the month of November. It’s not to make a finished, polished, cleaned up novel. Just to write a certain number of words (I think the goal is 50,000?). It’s a great challenge for anyone looking to exercise their writing muscles, right? And if you finish it, or even get most of the way through it, you have a first draft you can clean up and edit later. I imagine some people actually do publish their NaNoWriMo projects after cleaning them up. Some people probably just do it for the sake of doing it and the satisfaction of knowing they did it.
30 Characters was started by Tyler James in 2009 as a sort of artist’s answer to NaNoWriMo. The goal is to create an average of one character per day during November and come out with 30 characters at the end of the month. Sounds simple enough, right? I signed on in 2010 and made it almost to 20. This year I actually finished, though I quit posting for reasons listed past the jump. As with NaNoWriMo, different people started the challenge expecting to get different things out of it.
In a nutshell, I was dissatisfied again with the way the entire Challenge was handled.
Now let’s put in the jump.