And So It Begins…

I did it! I started Milwordy! And on my very first day I exceeded my daily goal by 376 words! So what I’m saying is, I’ve totally got this thing.

Maybe.

Okay, so I’ve done NaNoWriMo many times in my life and I know that the first day is always one of the easiest. I mean, with all that grade-A excitement flowing through my veins, how could the first day not be a home run? Still Milwordy is a lot more words per day than NaNo is and so it was feasible that this first day would be harder. I’m happy to report that it was not.

I’m thinking each week I’m going to do one blog post about what I’ve learned that week. I’m not sure if that’s going to work. Will I actually learn new things each week? I hope so. Will it be enough to fill a whole blog post? I have no idea. I told you that I was still working out all the kinks here. Sometimes you just have to jump in feet first and hope that you don’t drown in a river of your own ambition.

So, what have I learned so far? Well, I’ve learned that the reason that I wasn’t getting a lot of actual writing done in the last year was a lack of “butt in chair, hands on keyboard.” You see, today I wrote 3,154 words and that’s more than I’ve written in a single day in a very long time. But I did it and really, after I started, it wasn’t so hard. Even though when I woke up this morning I was tired and not quite sure how I wanted to begin my story, I did it. There’s no replacement for just doing the thing.

Oh, and I also learned that Instagram is not quite so scary as I thought and the filters do half the work for you. BTW, follow me on Instagram and Twitter! I would love to hear from you!

I hope your September has started out with a bang, and if you’re doing Milwordy: Happy Writing!

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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