Milwordy: July Wrap-Up

Stats

Average Daily Wordcount (Week 48 Only): 4,932

Week 48 Total Wordcount: 34,552

Average Daily Wordcount (July): 2,813

July Total Wordcount: 87,190

Year Total Wordcount: 953,366

Words to go:

Year: 46,634

Previous Milwordy Wrap Ups: September. October. November. December. January. February March. April. May. June

If I’m being honest, I’m surprised to still be standing in this challenge. July was probably my toughest month yet. I just wasn’t as invested in continuing Milwordy.

You would think that I would be more invested, given the fact that I’m so very close to finishing. Yet, I could barely get myself to care about that million-word mark.

But as you can see, I did catch up on my July word count. I more than caught up in fact. I added to my lead. If you were strictly looking at the stats, July was actually my 3rd most productive month after September and October. So…I guess it wasn’t so bad after all?

Out of the 87,190 words I wrote in July, 85,814 of those words came in a single project. And yet…I still didn’t finish that project. Which means I didn’t meet my Camp NaNoWriMo goal.

I lost every single NaNoWriMo during this Milwordy challenge, which is a phenomenon that I cannot explain to you. It doesn’t make sense.

Since we’re on the subject of NaNo, the word count that I need for August is 50k words exactly.

Yes, I did that on purpose. No, it wasn’t something I had planned all along, but once I stumbled into July and realized that hitting my July goal would put me close to 50k left for the year, something about it just felt right. Felt poetic. I may not actually be doing this last 50k during a NaNo month, but it still feels that way.

So, my daily word count goal for this month is roughly 1,614 words. That feels laughably easy compared to what I’ve been doing the last 11 months.

Then again, last month I only hit that target 14 out of a possible 31 days so…anything can happen. But we’re already a couple days into August and I’m sailing along pretty smoothly so far.

At this point, it’s difficult for me to imagine not finishing Milwordy. I mean it’s a month. A single month. How can I not finish? Yet, I know that if I don’t stay on my game, that’s something that could happen. I’ve got to be the tortoise, not the hare. No resting on laurels here.

I did consider trying to keep my monthly goal at the 83,334 words that it’s been for every other month of this challenge, even though that would be overkill. There’s a part of me that doesn’t like the unevenness of not trying for that same goal for a 12th time. But I think that I want to finish this challenge on a high note and I don’t think that includes continuing to push myself to my absolute limit. I think it means having fun and maybe taking it a little easy.

“Taking it easy.” Ha! I remember a time when 50k in a month felt impossible. What a weird, perspective-annihilating year this has been!

Anyway, I hope that you’re still with me on this journey. I know my blog has become sporadic and full of lamentations over my inability to keep up the pace, but we’re in the home stretch here. I might just finish this thing! You don’t want to miss that, do you?

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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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