Milwordy: Week 21 Thoughts

Stats

Week 19 Average Daily Wordcount: 2,063

Week 19 Total Wordcount: 14,444

January Total Wordcount: 72,218

Year Total Wordcount: 432,860

Words to go:

January: 11,116

Year: 567,140

The total for this week is a little underwhelming, but it doesn’t feel like a failure. I’m ahead for the month. I’m ahead for the challenge. I’m making steady progress on a novel I started before I began Milwordy.

I’m feeling good.

So why are my numbers for this week less than stellar? It’s because I took two whole days off. I needed those days off. I’ve made my daily goal every day of January except for those two days, and that’s the best streak I’ve had so far. It was bound to end sometime and I’m just happy that it was at a time of my own choosing.

This week I learned the value of making steady progress on a single project. Before Milwordy began, I was a one project at a time kind of girl. It was incredibly rare for me to work on two stories at a time, and it didn’t usually last long. Typically one story would perform a hostile takeover of my brain and I’d be helpless to work on anything else. But since I started this challenge, I’ve suddenly become the girl with all the balls in the air.

In December, I worked on NINE different projects.

Nine.

That would have been unthinkable to me a year ago.

And in January, I still have a lot of different projects I’m working on, but I’ve prioritized one in particular. I’ve devoted a minimum of 750 words of my daily goal to this project and I don’t work on anything else until I have those words.

Now, it’s true that I sort of did the same thing for NaNoWriMo, and that—if you’ll recall—didn’t go so well for me. The difference is that I am loving the book I’m working on now. It’s an urban fantasy about changelings and it’s really been such a joy. I only have a short, vague outline for it, and so I feel like I’ve been discovering the story as I go. Prioritizing this story was absolutely the right call for getting me out of the funk that November and December had put me in.

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading!

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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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