Milwordy December Wrap Up

Stats

Average Daily Wordcount (Week 17 Only): 6,122

Week 17 Total Wordcount: 42,860

Average Daily Wordcount (December): 2,763

December Total Wordcount: 85,660

Year Total Wordcount: 360,642

Words to go:

Year: 639,358

Previous Milwordy Wrap Ups: September. October. November.

I’m calling the first third of the Milwordy challenge a success.

You heard me…read me…I am officially 1/3rd of the way through Milwordy and I’m actually ahead of schedule as far as word count goes.

I think one of the biggest things I learned about myself this month is that I tend to judge my success in an endeavor, not by my actual progress, but by how I feel about it. You see, I got way behind in December…sort of. I never actually dropped behind on my year-long goal because I had gotten such a head start in September and October. But I was, at one point, nearly 20k behind on my December goal, and in spite of being on track for the total Milwordy goal, I felt like such a failure. I began panicking that I was going to lose this challenge after having worked hard for nearly 4 months.

And then I had a 23k word day.

Oh yeah, you read that right, 23k words.

Looking back, that was a ridiculous thing to do. I mean, the chances of those 23k words being any good are miniscule. It doesn’t totally matter, because much of it was discovery writing/brainstorming work anyway, so it didn’t have to be good…it just had to help me learn more about my characters and plot. Still, why did I feel the need to do that?

Because I didn’t want to feel like a failure. Also, because I’m obsessed with my Milwordy spreadsheet and the way that the cell for each month’s total word count will only turn to (my favorite) purple if I hit my goal and I couldn’t bear to miss a month. Yeah, I know, weird motivation, but seriously would it be right to leave it red?

So, I scrambled to get as many words in one day as I possibly could. I didn’t even know it was possible for me to get that many words in one day, and admittedly, I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it if I hadn’t been using a dictation app. There’s no way my wrists could handle 23k words in a day. They can barely handle 3k.

The thing is, I need to learn not to be so hard on myself. I mean, I need to be a little hard on myself in order to do a challenge like this. If I’m too lenient, I know from experience, I will not finish it. However, there really was no reason for me to feel so badly about my progress this month that I needed to write 23k words in one day. So, I’ll be working on that.

Maybe.

I’ll start with saying that in December I managed, not only to reach my monthly goal and have the largest word count day I’ve had in my entire life (by a wide margin), but I also managed to finish my NaNoWriMo novel, restart an old novel that I’m absolutely in love with, write a whopping 42k worth of discovery writing for a brand-new project, and keep up with this blog (barely). That’s all pretty good as far as productivity goes and something to be proud of (even if saying that I should be proud of it gives me a sense of embarrassment and discontent—working on it).

Not only am I headed into the 5th month of Milwordy, but we’re all headed into a new year. It’s a time for fresh starts. Let’s all agree to let our 2020 baggage go as much as possible and work toward a brighter future!

Did you get a lot done in December? How about 2020 as a whole? I know it was a rough year—for basically the whole world—but I hope that you were able to make the most of it. And I hope that we’re all about to have an amazing 2021!

-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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