Milwordy: March Wrap-Up


Average Daily Wordcount (Week 30 Only): 3,197

Week 30 Total Wordcount: 22,380

Average Daily Wordcount (March): 2,688

March Total Wordcount: 83,358

Year Total Wordcount: 611,524

Words to go:

Year: 388,476

Previous Milwordy Wrap Ups: September. October. November. December. January. February

Looking back, March was kind of a rough month.

It started out great. I was all hopeful and excited. And then somewhere along the line, my enthusiasm just seemed to die.

I missed hitting my goal 15 days out of 31 this month. That’s the worst I’ve done in this challenge so far.

Now, it’s not quite as bad as it sounds. I planned to take 8 days off for the sake of my writing stamina. But what happened the other 7 days?

You guys, seriously, I don’t even know. There were some minor distractions and life issues that popped up, but looking back, I really don’t think they should have affected me as much as they did.

Is that Milwordy fatigue rearing its ugly head again? And worse than before? I don’t know, but I have this deep sense of foreboding. I have five more months to go, and I don’t have another New Year to kick my motivation into high gear again.

That being said, thanks to some bigger word count days, I did manage to scrape by with just enough words to meet my March goal. It was tough, to have to over-exert myself on those days, but ultimately, I got it done.

So, besides the word count, what else did I get done this month?

I finally finished my changeling novel. It took me three months, which normally is not such a long time frame. In Milwordy time, though? It felt like ages.

I’m really happy with how it turned out, or at least, I think I am. I won’t know for sure until I go back and reread it, but I enjoyed writing it which is usually a good sign. I probably won’t get the chance to reread it until after August when Milwordy is over, which is a bummer. I’m itching to dive back into it right now.

I also worked on my outline/brainstorming for my Camp NaNoWriMo novel which I have been calling Mila because that’s my main character’s name and I can’t come up with titles to save my life. I’m a little scared to get started on this one. It’s been haunting me since…2017-2018? Somewhere in there I wrote a first draft of this story and…it was bad. But I love the world and the characters so much that I’ve been itching to jump back in and try again with a total rewrite. I’m just not sure that the plot is any better than it was years ago. Time will tell.

Those were my main accomplishments this month. I worked on some brainstorming for a few other projects, but nothing that I was too focused on. I was trying to give enough attention to my changeling novel and to the Mila outline, so other things fell by the wayside.

So, Camp NaNoWriMo has begun. I’m as ready as I can be (I think) and I’m hoping that it provides a little extra motivation to push me through April and beyond. Then again, I hoped the same in November for Main NaNo and it kind of had the opposite effect, so…

I’m trying not to think about that part.

If you’re enjoying my blog, please like, follow, and share. I’d love to hear about your own writing adventures. Are you going to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo this year? If so, what are you working on? What is your goal?

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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