Week 31 Average Daily Wordcount: 4,131
Week 31 Total Wordcount: 28,920
April Total Wordcount: 7,516
Year Total Wordcount: 619,040
Words to go:
Given the fact that my Week 31 total is one of the biggest I’ve had so far, you might think that I’ve started April out with a bang.
You’d be wrong.
If you’re paying attention to my April word count or if you read my last post on high expectations, you’ll know better. You guys, I’m struggling. Most of this week’s word count actually comes from the tail end of March. You know, when I had to rush to catch up from the slump I was going through at the end of that month.
The strange thing about Milwordy is how I can be going through this big slump, but thanks to my great start in September, I’m still ahead for the whole challenge. And yet, it doesn’t feel like I’m ahead. It feels like I’m on the brink of failure.
Sometimes I think that the reason that I’ve gotten as far as I have in this crazy challenge is that I tend to panic at the slightest hint of falling behind, whether that’s a real danger or not. Is the fact that I’m high-strung and anxiety-prone the reason that I might actually make it to the million words? And is that a good thing or a bad thing? Would I be better off just chilling out?
I have no idea. But it’s something that I’ve been thinking a lot about during this slump. If I find any answers, I’ll be sure to let you know.
I’ve also been considering taking a break from novel writing (forcing myself to give up on my Camp NaNoWrimo goal) and focus on novellas or short stories. Maybe mixing things up would help get my motivation back on line. There’s still a part of me that’s clinging to Camp NaNo though.
I made a chart and everything!
But I think I have to let that go. Milwordy is the more important challenge to me. There will be other Camp NaNoWriMos. I can’t imagine ever attempting Milwordy again—succeed or fail—so this is a go big or go home moment for me.
I plan to go big.
How do you handle your writing slumps? Do you give yourself a break? Do you refocus on another project? Or do you just grit your teeth and work your way through it?
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