Week 24 Average Daily Wordcount: 3,008
Week 24 Total Wordcount: 21,062
February Total Wordcount: 45,390
Year Total Wordcount: 489,910
Words to go:
Way back in the first few weeks of this challenge, I wrote about fatigue setting in. That first shot of eager adrenaline was wearing off and I was beginning to feel worn down. I was beginning to wonder if I would be able to keep up this challenge for a whole year.
What I didn’t know then, is that this was a cycle that would come and go repeatedly over the coming months. Now, I’m nearly halfway through the challenge and I feel that fatigue settling heavy on my shoulders once more.
February actually started off really well. For the first two weeks, I was writing steadily with no problems.
Then this past weekend hit me like the hardcover edition of War and Peace and I find myself wishing for a break.
Don’t get me wrong, I still got my word count in. I’ve been pretty good about not falling behind in this challenge. But the level of difficulty increases exponentially when I’m feeling fatigued—not to mention I don’t think my work is as good. And when the work gets harder, it takes me longer to complete, thus increasing my fatigue. It’s times like these that I wonder if trying to keep up with this insane word count is really worth it.
Part of my current problem is simply that I haven’t had a break from writing in weeks. I knew that was how February would be, and I was prepared for it, but it’s still taking its toll on me. And I’m only halfway through the month. I just can’t seem to get enough extra words a day to give myself the cushion I would need to take a day off. So, what am I supposed to do?
But, one of the benefits of having gone through this cycle before is that I know—for a fact—that this, too, shall pass. If I can work through this weariness, I can hit my stride again.
That, I suppose, is what I’ve learned this week. I’ve learned that good times will go and bad times will come, but they never last. Milwordy has given me enough experience with my own writing cycles to know that the best thing I can do is just keep going. Just keep writing. I can make it through.
And unless I fall completely apart, I will be hitting the 500k word mark next week! It’s all downhill from there, right? I just need to keep hanging on.
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