Milwordy: Week 20 Thoughts

Stats

Week 20 Average Daily Wordcount: 3,476

Week 20 Total Wordcount: 24,334

January Total Wordcount: 57,774

Year Total Wordcount: 418,416

Words to go:

January: 25,560

Year: 581,584

This week has been stressful. Half my family has tested positive for COVID. Thankfully, everyone’s doing okay so far, but we’re not through the woods yet.

Given this anxiety-inducing situation, one might expect that my writing slipped this week, but as you can see from the stats, it isn’t so. In terms of writing, I actually had a pretty good week.

You know, it seems like people always go one of two ways: Either writing helps them get through the tough times, or they have to take a break from writing for self-care purposes. I’ve been on both sides of this coin and I’m not sure what makes me go one way or the other. I wish I did because then I would always use stress to fuel my writing. It doesn’t always work that way, though.

I’m grateful that, for at least this past week, writing has been a comfort for me. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I’m really enjoying what I’m currently working on. It makes escaping into my fictional world so much easier. I wonder what I would have done if this had all happened a month sooner when I was struggling to find something to write that I was really passionate about. I’m grateful that I don’t have to find out.

Anyway, what I learned this week is that writing can be healing. It can be a distraction. It can be a release.

I hope that you and all the people you love are doing well. Take care. Thanks for reading!

-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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