Milwordy vs. NaNoWriMo

Okay, so if you’ve been following my blog, you may be wondering, “But Robin, you’re already doing Milwordy. Why do NaNo?”

If you don’t know, Milwordy is a challenge to write one million words in a year. That breaks down to roughly 83,333 words a month. And NaNoWriMo, of course, is writing 50,000 words of a novel in a month.

You may have noticed that my Milwordy word count goal exceeds NaNo by quite a bit. So, what’s the point of doing NaNo?

You know, I considered doing NaNo on top of Milwordy.

Don’t laugh.

Seriously, stop laughing.

Ultimately, I decided that there was no way that was ever going to happen. That would work out to 133,333 words in the month or 4,444 words a day, which…


There’s still a little part of me that longs to try for this, but I know it’s just not doable. Maybe if I could take the month off work, lol. But since that’s not happening…

My challenge this month is a little different. My word count goal is the same as it has been for every other month of Milwordy, which is 83,334. The only difference this month is that I am demanding of myself that at least 50k of that be in one single NaNo-devoted project, a feat which I have not done in either of the first two months of Milwordy. I’m also planning to finish said NaNo novel in the month of November. Those are my requirements for winning NaNo.

So, even if I make it to the Milwordy goal of 83k words, if 50k are not in my NaNo novel and I haven’t completed a draft of the novel, then I cannot consider myself to have won NaNo.

It sounds easier than it is, I assure you. The nice thing about Milwordy is my ability to hop from one project to the next, even using my blog words as part of my count. Writing 50k in one single project is still a challenge for someone, like me, who gets bored and distracted easily.

It will still be quite a challenge, even if it’s not as difficult as the NaNo words + Milwordy words which…

No. Nope. Nah-ah. Don’t even think about it, Robin. It can only end in tears.

Anyway, that’s my plan for how to meld NaNo and Milwordy. Other people attempting this may indeed come up with a totally different plan. In fact, I would love to hear about it if you’re one of those people. Even if you’re not, how do you think you would attempt it if you were?

If you’re liking my blog, please like, follow, and share. It helps me out immensely. Also, leave me a comment and let me know how your first day of NaNoWriMo went. Did you reach your Day 1 word count goal? Did you join any write-ins? Try any sprints on Twitter or elsewhere?

Bonus Writing Prompt: Your main character gets stuck somewhere they don’t want to be. How are they going to get out?

Let me know if the prompt helps you. Remember to back up your work! Every time! Absolutely no excuses!


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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