Milwordy: November Wrap Up


Average Daily Wordcount (Week 13 Only): 2,764

Week 13 Total Wordcount: 19,348

Average Daily Wordcount (November): 2,781

November Total Wordcount: 83,418

Year Total Wordcount: 274,982

Words to go:

Year: 725,018

Previous Milwordy Wrap Ups: September. October.

I am officially ¼ of the way through Milwordy! That’s worth celebrating, right?

Okay…so, if you’ve been following this blog, you may have noticed that last month was, um, a little rougher for me than the previous two months. I feel kind of like a broken record actually, I’ve talked so much about what a struggle November was for me.

And yet, I made it to my November word count goal of 83,334. I’m pretty proud of that. In a way, I’m actually prouder of this month than I was of the previous two. The thing is, those months were a lot of work, but they were also tremendously fun for me. Writing when it’s fun is not exactly a burden. But sometimes you have to write when it’s not fun. Sometimes you have to struggle with it. And I am proud that despite the fact that November was indeed a struggle, I made it through.

But you guys, I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t glad November was over.

I think that a big part of my problem here has been working on a novel that I lost interest in pretty early on. Or at least I’m hoping that’s the problem, because otherwise I might be in for a very long 9 months here.

So, what did I accomplish in the month of November?

Well, I wrote 62,664 words in my NaNo novel, which any other year I would consider a win, but….

Why did I set the goal to actually finishing the novel as my criteria for winning NaNo this year?!

Because, as an under-writer, I assumed that would be no problem at all. Yet here I am, 12K over the word count goal for NaNo and I still have 18 scenes to write. How did this happen?


It’s fine. Seriously, this is actually a great accomplishment and technically I won NaNo, even if I didn’t reach my own personal goal of finishing the whole book in November.

I also wrote a ton of blog posts that I decided I didn’t like and so didn’t post. I don’t know if that’s an accomplishment, but it did give me more writing practice, so, you know…progress?

And I wrote over 6k words during my brainstorming of a new project. Plus, some personal/journal words, which was helpful for me at times when I found it difficult to focus on my other writing. Usually I could focus better on my fiction after I got some of the thoughts that were chaotically swirling around in my head out onto the page.

November was a tough month, but I think, ultimately, I did learn a lot from it and I’m going into December, still with a lead on my words for the year and hope for my next project.

Let’s just hope that Christmas doesn’t derail me entirely.

*uncomfortable laughter*

How was November for you? Did you participate in NaNo? Did you win? Did you struggle like me? Are you still working on your NaNo project? Let me know in the comments!


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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