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The Year of Doing Big, Fun, Scary Things Together
The Year of Doing Big, Fun, Scary Things Together is an endeavor run by the Office of Letters and Light to explore new things in a new year and share those adventures with other Wrimos. Chris Baty proposed the adventure in an email to NaNoWriMo participants sent in December 2006.
The truth is that 2007 is the Year We Will Be Trying Big, Fun, Scary Things Together.
Yep. It turns out that November was just a warm-up for a year of stretched brains and uncharted horizons. To help you make the most of TYWWBTBFSTT, the Office of Letters and Light will be hosting a couple great challenges---high-velocity screenplays in June at ScriptFrenzy.org, and another round of noveling in November.
But there's more.
And it's up to all of us to pull it off.
Think for a moment about those activities, classes, and endeavors that you've long daydreamed about, but have never quite got around to tackling. I'm talking about the roads less traveled---the tuba lessons, the family-history writing, the foreign language learning, the transformation of your living room into a multi-story race course for feral hamsters. These are the nonessential creative activities that get us in over our heads, bring new people into our lives, and help make life more magical.
As adults, we tend to steer clear of these pursuits because they t ake time and cost money. But putting off all our adventures for later comes with its own set of costs. Our souls become dry and brittle. Our energy levels sag. Our noses fall off.
Which is why I'm inviting you to pick a couple never-before-attempted endeavors that have long intrigued and daunted you, and then do them in 2007.
-Chris Baty, email sent to NaNoWriMo participants, December 2006
Common challenges include:
- Learning a foreign language
- Planning/taking a trip
- Learning to play an instrument
- Losing weight
- Reading x number of books
- Getting married
- Buying a house
Creative endeavors with specific goals (such as 50,000 words or x amount of art pieces, etc.) are typically saved for Nanowrimo and its rebels - BFST are typically large, singular goals (such as "get a novel published" or "create an art portfolio".)
A separate forum opens for the Big Fun Scary Adventure challenge in December. Participants in the challenge post their goals for the new year to be completed by October (specifically before the site launch, since that is when the forum vanishes). Everyone who completed at least one of their goals in 2007 received a certificate.
The Year of Doing Big, Fun, Scary Things Together forum
"What will you explore in [year]?"
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