Milwordy: Week 33 Thoughts

Stats

Week 33 Average Daily Wordcount: 1,658

Week 33 Total Wordcount: 11,608

April Total Wordcount: 45,012

Year Total Wordcount: 656,536

Words to go:

April: 38,322

Year: 343,4646

This week I’ve been working on my superhero short story…and not a lot else. As you can see from my stats, this hasn’t been one of my more productive weeks.

This month has felt a lot like December. I feel drained. I feel like sitting down to write is damn near impossible. I feel ready to quit.

But I’m SO much further along in this challenge than I was in December. I can’t possibly quit. I’m never going to attempt this challenge again, so if I don’t finish it now, I never will.

But how do I find my motivation again? In December, I had New Year’s resolutions looming just around the corner. I definitely got a boost on January 1st and that has carried me all the way to where I’m at now.

So how do I inject a little more adrenaline into myself to get me through the next four and a half months?

I have no idea. But I need to figure it out soon because if I have a couple more weeks like this last one, my million-words-in-a-year ambition is going to die whether I like it or not.

On a brighter note, I’m have  a ot of fun with my superhero short story, even if it is moving a bit slower than I’d like. Most of the words I have down for it are brainstorming words, not drafting words. But still, at least I’m enjoying what I’m working on.

What I’ve learned this week is that powering through the words when I’m not enjoying them isn’t going to carry me to long term success. While I’m a big advocate for the “butt in chair, hands on keys” philosophy, I know that without passion writing becomes a slog. And, especially for someone who isn’t earning money from writing or getting any other external reward for it, when writing becomes a slog I start to lose any drive to do it at all. I have to find ways to keep it fun.

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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!

2 thoughts on “Milwordy: Week 33 Thoughts

  1. You are doing great Robin, Hang on there. Since you are feeling quite drained, I kinda have a tip for you to write again without feeling it being forced. Take two or a three days break from writing, just tell yourself not to think about the word count or the milwordy or any of that stuff. Do all other things you always wanted to do like doing a readathon or cooking or drawing or whatever you enjoy doing. Try having fun with a lot of new things, maybe that would help you clear up the worries. Hope it helps😀 and All the best!!!

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    1. I think that’s some good advice! Even when I’m not writing, I’ve still been thinking about this challenge. I probably do need to clear my head for a few days. And taking a few days to just read sounds lovely! Thanks for the advice! I hope that you are well and that you’re making good progress with your own writing!

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