My Milwordy Declaration

So I spent 2019 and much of 2020 half-outlining about 6 different projects and writing exactly zero of them. Now I’m planning to write all of them in one year.


Look, this wasn’t how I planned it. Prior to last year, I was actually doing very well on the “focusing on one project at a time” front. I was getting up early. I was writing every day. I got in about 150k-200k in 2018 between all the writing, editing, outlining, etc. It was going as well as it ever had. I was so close to having a project that was actually done. Like, for the first time, totally finished.

And then life happened. My husband got cancer. My mom had a stroke. And then that whole global pandemic thing happened.

Yeah, you know how it goes. Life’s a…

Anyway, I was in the midst of climbing back on my weary horse when I happened to catch Kate Cavanaugh’s Youtube video where she announced The Milwordy Challenge. If you don’t know, Milwordy is when you write a million words. In a year.

In. A. Year.

That’s roughly 2,740 words a day. You know how much NaNoWriMo is? 1,667. Milwordy is over a thousand words a day more than NaNo and that’s if you write every single day of the year. And let’s be honest, I’m going to need to write every day of the year to finish this baby.

I’d heard of this particular challenge before and it always appealed to me, but I wrote it off as a pipe dream. Who really does that? One million words in a year? Bananas. And anyway, as an outliner, I would need to have a bunch of outlines ready to go before I even started. Who has time to just work on a bunch of outlines?

You can see where I’m going with this.

Kate’s video hit at a fortuitous time for me. So, with arms full of semi-fleshed out outlines, just begging to be polished off and written, I am officially declaring my intent to start the Milwordy challenge on September 1st, 2020 and (hopefully) finish on August 31st, 2021.

Will you be joining me?

Published by Robin J

I’m an aspiring novelist who hasn’t quite figured out this whole writing thing. I’ve been scribbling down stories since I was a little kid, but only dared to dream that I could write something worth reading as I became an adult. At 33, I still feel like I have a lot of progress to make before I’m ready to try publishing, but I’m getting better every day. Typically I write Fantasy (of both the Adult and YA varieties), but I have dipped my toe in Romance and Sci-Fi. When coming up with a story to write, all I care about is that the plot grabs my attention and the characters tug at my heartstrings. The genre is an afterthought. I tend to set myself lofty goals. Mostly I fail, but occasionally I surprise myself and succeed. Either way, I enjoy being pushed beyond the limits of what I thought I could do. That’s what I’m hoping to accomplish with the Milwordy challenge. I may or may not reach the full million words, but I know I’m going to learn a lot along the way. I hope you will, too!

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