Milwordy: Week 28 Thoughts

Stats

Week 28 Average Daily Wordcount: 2,691

Week 28 Total Wordcount: 18,840

March Total Wordcount: 44,456

Year Total Wordcount: 572,622

Words to go:

March: 38,878

Year: 427,378

Fun Fact: I had this blog post written by last Monday night and here I am, nearly a week later, and I’m only posting it now. Why? I have no idea. Because I like to self-sabotage, I guess. Who knows? Anyway, here is the update that should have happened a week ago:

This week went VERY well. I mean, it certainly wasn’t my highest ever word count, but it felt good, you know? I wrote extra words Monday-Friday so that I could have the weekend off.

Oh, the luxury!

It’s my plan to keep that up because those rest days were absolute heaven. AND I came back to my writing refreshed afterward, which to be honest, hasn’t really been a thing for a while.

I’m also reaching the end of my changeling novel, which is awesome, but I’m starting to feel like I don’t want to let it go just yet. The past few weeks I’ve actually been itching to finish it so that I could move on to something else, but now that the time to actually get it done is nearly upon me, I find myself reluctant.

I LOVE these characters, especially my main character. And I’ve been really enjoying the voice for this novel a lot. I’m kind of not ready to move on.

Of course, I won’t be saying goodbye forever. There’s always revision. Plus, I planned this one for a series, so I’ll be returning to the world for more drafting eventually. But that’s not what I’m doing next, so it’s hard to let go.

I think part of the issue is that it’s always hard to start something new. I mean it’s fun, it’s exciting, but it’s also scary. What if I can’t get passed the blank page? What if the idea is really terrible and I only discover it after I’m a few thousand words in? What if I haven’t done enough pre-writing to really give the first draft a proper try? Terrifying stuff.

But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from Milwordy, it’s to always keep moving forward. I’ve only got five and a half more months to write over 400k more words; There’s no time for dragging my feet.

What I’ve learned this week is something that I’ve learned multiple times over the course of this challenge, but have—on numerous occasions—ignored completely: I need to give myself time off. If I’m going to make it through this challenge, I cannot write every day. I will burn out. I will quit. I will fail. And I’ve come WAY too far to fail because of a silly mistake like never taking a break.

Oh, the burden! To have to take a day off!

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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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