Milwordy: Week 23 Thoughts


Week 23 Average Daily Wordcount: 3,034

Week 23 Total Wordcount: 21,242

February Total Wordcount: 24,328

Year Total Wordcount: 468,848

Words to go:

February: 59,006

Year: 531,152

I told you last week that February was going to be a difficult month for me. Because of the shortened month, my daily word count increased from 2,688 to 2,976. Sounds a lot harder doesn’t it? So far…it hasn’t been.

I think part of this has to do with the fact that I was anticipating that it would be hard. I made sure that I got up by 5:30 AM every day this week because I was so worried about falling behind on my word count. And every day, I managed to get the full 2,976 words before I went to work. It feels fantastic to have written all my words before my day has even really started.

An observation here, though: I’m not getting many extra words. In other months I would typically have some days where I just happened to write 4-5k. This was an advantage because I could afford to have days off. The highest word count I’ve had so far is 3,010 words, which is awesome, but it’s not going to earn me much time off in February. I don’t know if this is sustainable for the whole month, even if it is a short one. I haven’t gone a month yet where I haven’t had several days off. I’m not sure if I’m capable of getting nearly 3,000 words every single day for 28 days in a row. I guess we’re about to find out together.

One of the most important things that I’ve learned from Milwordy so far is that having a solid routine is key. That’s never been truer than it has been this week. If I do make it through this more intense month, I think it’s going to be entirely due to the fact that I’m starting to respect the routine and make sure I stick to it.

That’s all for this week. I hope you are enjoying this blog. If you are, please like, follow, and share it. Let me know your own thoughts on routine. Do you have one? Or do you thrive on spontaneity? Or something in between? I would love to hear about it!


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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