Milwordy: Week 14 Thoughts

Stats

Week 14 Average Daily Wordcount: 2,690

Week 14 Total Wordcount: 18,830

December Total Wordcount: 18,830

Year Total Wordcount: 293,812

Words to go:

December: 64,504

Year: 706,188

You may have noticed that this post is a bit…um late. It’s a real shame because I actually had it written a week ago, but then I caught a stomach flu (or possibly food poisoning?) and my whole week got derailed. Spoilers for week 15: It has not been going well.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We’re talking about week 14.

After a rough November, I actually had a pretty good first week in December.

But why though?

Nothing was different. Not really. I mean, I guess one deviation was that I made sure to write in the mornings again, a habit that I had kind of lost in November.

But why?

Listen, one of the big things that I’m learning on this journey is that I know nothing. Seriously. I can think that I have this whole writing productively thing completely figured out one minute only for it to fall completely apart the next. And then I can think that I’m slowly descending into inevitable failure, only to pull myself back up the next week. I legit don’t know what to tell you here, except that this is a journey and sometimes you don’t see the curves or potholes or squirrels until you’re swerving to avoid them.

I think that metaphor was getting away from me a little bit.

Anyway, the good news is that I’m very nearly done with the Regency Romance novel I was working on in November. The final word count is going to be right around 80k, which is, I think, the longest first draft I’ve ever written. Granted, I know that I started my story too early, which is probably the reason for the higher word count, but I’m kind of proud of having written that much in one story. That’s around where I’d like my word counts to actually be, I just chronically under-write, so I don’t usually expect it.

I’m also still working on brainstorming a new project, but I’ve got a long way to go before I can begin drafting that. Instead I’m going to be returning to an old idea that I have a partial outline and about 5k of a first draft for. It’s an urban fantasy with faeries and changelings and a magic system that I hate and have to rework.

So that’ll be fun.

I’m also trying to brainstorm some ideas for Christmas short stories because I found that the Halloween short story I did in October really got me in the mood for the holiday. I think it would be a lot of fun to do the same for Christmas, but so far nothing is reaching out and grabbing me.

So, to reiterate, what I’ve learned this week is that I know nothing and I never will. And that’s okay. Life’s a journey, blah blah blah.

I hope you’ve been having a fun and productive December so far. Are you writing anything new? Let me know about it down in comments!

-Robin

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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