So I’m 18/30th of the way through a conlang in 30 days and I’m realizing that, unlike a novel, there are many ways to engage with fake languages for a month.
– Things that appeal to people creating fake languages for art and recreation
A write a novel using a conlang in 30 days, i.e. NaNoWriMo
B write a novel written in a conlang in 30 days, i.e. LoCoWriMo
C create 30 days worth of fictional anthropological reports and histories (conworlds)
– Things that appeal to people creating fake languages as a social activity
D create a conlang in 30 days. i.e. 30DayColang
E learn a conlang in 30 days.
F promote/teach a conlang for 30 days
Also, you can do all of the same but substitute “conlang” with “Dead language”. It’s kind of the same exercise when you are working with a language without a living community.
A and B have a natural end to them. Eventually you will finish writing your book. C, F don’t have a natural end to them, you can promote and write fictional histories, build fictional scale models forever. Learning a conlang can have an end to it– someday you’ll learn all there is or acquire near “native” fluency, but it sure won’t take less than 30 days, unless it is a very, very small language and your competency goals are modest. A conlang might have a natural end to it, but there are many different design agendas for creating conlangs and not all of them have a natural end to them.
And A,B,C have a natural start. In a contest it would seem fair to start from scratch, as one does in NaNoWriMo. In D,E,F– it would just be a waste of effort to keep switching horses midstream.
For the very long and infinite tasks, the goal is to start a habit. There is a rule of thumb that it takes about a month to establish a habit, so a month of promoting, studying or consistent scribbling of some sort could kick of a multidecade project.