Milwordy Week 10 Thoughts


Week 10 Average Daily Wordcount: 2,633

Week 10 Total Wordcount: 18,436

November Total Wordcount: 27,558

Year Total Wordcount: 219,122

Words to go:

November: 55,776

Year: 780,878

I had a hard time remembering what week we were in. That’s kind of exciting because it means I’ve been doing Milwordy long enough to forget.

It’s weird to be struggling with NaNoWriMo while also doing well with Milwordy. It doesn’t make sense since Milwordy actually requires a bigger word count, but here we are. That’s what happens when you demand of yourself that all your NaNo words must come from one single project, I guess.

Or maybe that’s just me and my poor attention span.

Anyway, we’re not really here to talk about NaNo. We’re talking about Milwordy. And things are going well. I’ve hit my word count goal every day but one. I’ve been blogging more. I initially wanted to blog every day of NaNo, but found that I just didn’t have something to say every single day. I don’t want to be constantly stretching for something of value to write when really, I’ve got nothing. Maybe it would have worked if I had actually come up with a bunch of topics beforehand, but as it stands right now, I only want to blog if I have something to say. So, no daily blogs.

I’ve also started brainstorming a new project which I am very excited about. It’s a switch away from the romance that I’ve been writing for the past several months, which is good because I think I needed to mix it up a little bit. I would love to be the sort of person who could just stick to one genre. I know that’s what I should do. But remember my poor attention span? I get bored. It’s better to hop genres, I think, than to force myself to write something that I’m feeling fatigued with.

Anyway, the new project is still in pretty early stages, though I have written what was originally supposed to be a vignette about a character and has basically turned into a whole chapter of a ghost/mystery story. Possibly a novel, though maybe something shorter. We’ll see.

I’m also starting to get the itch to do some revision/editing. I’ve been drafting and outlining for months now, and I kind of want to switch into my editing mode. The problem is, I can’t get as many words with editing, so where does it fit into Milwordy? That’s a question that I’m going to have to answer in December. After NaNo is over.

So, what have I learned this week?

I learned that writing in one project is harder for me than writing in multiple.

I learned that NaNo might actually be harder than Milwordy. For the above reason.

And I’ve learned that blogging every day is not feasible for me. At least not at this moment. It might not even be preferrable. I thought it might be fun for NaNo, but really, you guys don’t want to get updates from me every single day, do you? You’d get sick of me. I’d get sick of me. Sometimes, things work out for the best.

What did you learn this week? Anything new and interesting?

If you’re enjoying my blog, please like, follow, and share. You can also come find me on Twitter and Instagram as @RamblingRobinJ or on the NaNo website under the same name. Admittedly I haven’t been on the NaNo site for much more than updating my word count lately, but I’m hoping to dig into the forums a little bit more. Hope to see you there!

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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