Milwordy: Week 15 Thoughts

Stats

Week 15 Average Daily Wordcount: 983 (yikes)

Week 15 Total Wordcount: 6,882 (ouch)

December Total Wordcount: 25,712 (not where I wanted to be)

Year Total Wordcount: 300,694 (OVER 300K! WOO!)

Words to go:

December: 57,622 (I can still do this! Christmas looms large though)

Year: 699,306 (So. Many. More. Words.)

Okay.

Technically, I’m still ahead. For the year. For December, I am horribly behind.

I know that being sick is actually a pretty decent excuse, but that doesn’t actually stop me from feeling bad about this past week, you know?

The thing is, I was sick back in September also, and yet I still managed to keep up with my words. In fact, September was my best month so far. December is shaping up to be the worst.

I still have half the month to work on it, of course. Getting to my December goal is not actually out of reach. Except that, of course, the end of December is Christmas and New Year, and even with Covid making gatherings unlikely, I’m still probably not going to get a ton of extra words in that last week.

So, you know what that means? This week is basically going to make or break my December. I’m going to try my best to get in a lot of extra words. It would be easier if I hadn’t (finally) finished my NaNoWriMo novel, or if I had something really solid to work on next.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m restarting a novel that I had begun before Milwordy, but I’m still feeling a little shaky with it and I really wish that I had something that I could really bang a lot of words out with, you know? But you have to work with what you’ve got. So, wish me luck!

As for what I’ve learned this past week…I suppose I’ve learned that stumbles will happen. As much as I told myself that I wasn’t going to have any big gaps in my writing time this year, if I had been honest with myself, this was bound to happen. And I think there was a part of me that always knew it because that’s why I pushed myself to get so far ahead in September and October—which was goal-saving by the way. Even having (basically) not written for 5 whole days this week, I’m still ahead for the year. So…yay?

Other than that, I don’t think there’s much I could really learn from not writing, so that’s about it for this week.

I hope that your December is going considerably better than mine. Are you still writing, or are you taking a holiday break?

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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