Milwordy: Week 19 Thoughts


Week 19 Average Daily Wordcount: 3,076

Week 19 Total Wordcount: 21,538

January Total Wordcount: 33,440

Year Total Wordcount: 394,082

Words to go:

January: 49,894

Year: 605,918

This was a pretty good writing week for me. I feel like I’ve finally hit my stride again after a couple of rough months. The biggest thing that has helped me is just getting up and writing in the morning again. Let me tell you, this challenge is SO much less stressful if I get my words in before I go to work than it is if I have to get them when I come home.

I worked a lot on what was supposed to be backstory for a novel I hope to write in the near future. Only…I’ve written over 50k words of said backstory. And I’m not done.

So…um, I accidentally wrote a novel.


I don’t know what I’m going to do with it when I’m done. I don’t even know when it will be done. I’ve tried pantsing before, but never like this. I have, at the very least, always known how the story would end. But I didn’t mean to make this a full story. I didn’t really mean to make this a story at all. It was supposed to help me build the characters. I didn’t need an end. But now I do and I have no idea what it is.

I kind of understand now what other writers mean when they say that they are telling themselves the story. That’s what it feels like. Even I get surprised by what happens next.

I’ve also been working on a separate novel, though that one has been much slower going. I’ve really been enjoying it, but I feel like I might be chipping away at this one for several months before I finish a draft. That’s okay I guess…but I feel like I have so many other projects I want to get to! I don’t want to start until I wrap up some of what I’m already working on. So, they’ll have to wait.

That’s a big thing I’ve learned this week: The more I write, the more ideas I have. This isn’t a total shock to me, but I thought it had a limit. I’m beginning to suspect that my imagination is a fish that will grow to the size of its tank. And Milwordy is a big tank.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good problem to have, but sometimes I can feel a little…unfocused.

I also started journaling recently and this week I learned that…I kind of hate it.

At least, I kind of hate daily journaling. If I only journaled when I had something specific to get down on paper, it might not be so bad, but sometimes my days are just boring and I don’t have anything to say about them. So, I’m not sure if I’m going to keep up with the habit or not.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for sticking with me and check back next week to see if I’m still going strong or if my million-words-in-a-year aspirations have crashed and burned once more. We’ll find out to together!


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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