Milwordy October Wrap-Up


Average Daily Wordcount (Week 9 Only): 3,357

Week 9 Total Wordcount: 23,502

Average Daily Wordcount (October): 2,951

October Total Wordcount: 91,494

Year Total Wordcount: 191,564

Words to go:

Year: 808,436

Previous Milwordy Wrap Ups: September.

I’m sad to see Halloween go. Even though I’m enjoying NaNoWriMo so far, I’m going to miss all the spooky fun of October.

I am happy to announce that October was a successful month for me, writing-wise. True, I wasn’t quite as prolific as I was in September. I didn’t top 100k, which I admit was my secret stretch goal for myself. Still, I went over my minimum Milwordy goal, so that’s something to be happy about.

I finished two novellas in October, which completed my 5-part series that I started in September. Granted, these are only first drafts and they’re going to need a lot of revising, but I’m still pretty proud of the accomplishment.

I started and finished a Halloween short story that, much to my surprise, turned out to be a sort of Cinderella story—if the Fairy Godmother was the Grim Reaper and when midnight struck you died. I’ve started and finished many novels over the past decade, but almost zero short stories. You’d think it would be the other way around. In any case, this feels like a big win as well.

Moreover, I kept up with this blog, which is more than I can say for my past attempts at blogging, which were short, and not worth mentioning. I even finished my Structure Saturday series on the Snowflake Method, which to be honest, is probably the only reason I finished my outline for my NaNoWriMo novel on time.

So, what did I learn this month?

Well, first I learned the value of a proper writing space. Now that I’m writing on my desk instead of the couch, I haven’t really had anymore typing pain. Plus, I just like the atmosphere, especially now that I’ve added string lights overhead.

I’ve learned that outlines are important and that I need to give them the proper amount of time to develop before starting the drafting process. Though my NaNo outline is technically done, I wish that I had more time to adjust it. That’s a good lesson to take with me into the future.

And I’ve learned that caffeine and sugar are not helpful for my focus, which is why I’ve decided to give up coffee and pop, and scale back on added sugar—particularly Halloween candy. Boy, do I wish I had done this a week ago though. Starting NaNoWriMo while going through caffeine withdrawal is not ideal.

So that’s it for October. November has already begun and I’m feeling optimistic about the progress I will make this month. I hope you’re challenging yourself, in whatever way works best for you, and most importantly that you’re enjoying the journey.

Bonus Writing Prompt: A side character finds out a secret about your main character. What happens next?

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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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