Milwordy Week 16 Thoughts


Week 16 Average Daily Wordcount: 2,150

Week 16 Total Wordcount: 15,050

December Total Wordcount: 40,762

Year Total Wordcount: 315,744

Words to go:

December: 42,572

Year: 684,256

 I have no excuses.

Not one.

You can see those stats. Not only did I not catch up from my poor showing last week, but I didn’t even reach my regular weekly quota. I’m now behind by over 15k for the month of December, which feels insurmountable with the holidays coming.

I have no idea what happened here. I am in full on panic mode about it though, because I can’t keep going this way if I want to succeed at Milwordy. And yet, I can’t seem to force myself back into a respectable writing schedule.

I feel…tired. And a little out of ideas, which is unusual for me to be honest. Usually I have more ideas than I can force myself to sit down and write. Now I feel like a well that’s dried up.

I don’t know if this is just a slump. I don’t know if it’s caused by a lack of interest in my current projects. I don’t know if this is the natural result of trying such a demanding challenge. Is burnout inevitable? I just don’t know. Which means that I don’t know how to fix it.

I wrote a post earlier in my blog about writer’s block. I came to the conclusion in that post that you have to figure out why you are having trouble writing in order to fix the problem. But how does that help if you can’t figure out why you’re having trouble in the first place?


Anyway, this week I learned that getting behind is bad for morale which inevitably leads to getting further behind. So, I guess the moral of this story is, always try to stay ahead.

PS: I’m posting this a little late because of Christmas. Those of you that follow me on Twitter will know that this post is not exactly accurate to where I am now in the challenge. I wrote it before I had a giant writing day on the day before Christmas Eve, so we’ll talk about that for my Week 17 post, which I’m pretty excited for. Until then, just know that writing is going much better for me now and I’m eager to head into the New Year.

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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