Milwordy: Week 12 Thoughts

Stats

Week 12 Average Daily Wordcount: 2,539

Week 12 Total Wordcount: 17,776

November Total Wordcount: 64,070

Year Total Wordcount: 255,634

Words to go:

November: 19,264

Year: 744,366

If you have no idea what Milwordy means, you can check out my first post on this blog for more info: My Milwordy Declaration. In short, it is a writing challenge. I am trying to write one million words in a single year.

You guys, I’m still struggling.

I feel weird saying that because I’m still doing okay on my word count, especially if you look at my year total. It’s just gotten so difficult. I’m spending so much more time on this challenge lately because my writing has slowed down quite a bit. And I’m just not finding as much joy in it as I did at first. It’s been rough.

I’m still trying to figure out whether this is because I’m feeling uninspired with my current NaNo project or if this is the natural settling after the boost in creative energy I got from the start of such an ambitious challenge. I mean, I knew that it was possible, likely even, that I would not be able to maintain the same level of enthusiasm for the whole year, but if I’m being honest, I did expect it to last through November and NaNoWrIMo.

I suppose I won’t really know if it’s this particular novel or Milwordy itself that’s weighing me down until after I can start something new. And, I still probably have a week before I can do that. So, um, stay tuned, I guess?

The main thing I’ve learned this week is that discipline may be the single most important skill I need as a writer. When enthusiasm doesn’t keep my fingers on those keys, I need to find a way to force myself to sit down and do it anyway. While I have managed to hit my word count targets, I know I’ve wasted a lot of time on sitting in front of my computer screen, waiting for my brain to be ready to write. Sometimes you just need to sit down and do it.

How is your road to achieving your writing goals going? Is it as bumpy as mine?

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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