Milwordy: August Wrap-Up

Stats

Average Daily Wordcount (Week 52 Only): 1,215

Week 52 Total Wordcount: 8,504 (plus 294 for the last day in August)

Average Daily Wordcount (August): 1,623

August Total Wordcount: 50,298

Year Total Wordcount: 1,000,298 (wow, that is a big number!)

Words to go:

Not a single one!

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

I’m going to have a full Milwordy wrap-up soon, but I want to take a little time to reflect on the whole experience before I let out my thoughts on the challenge as a whole.

For now, it’s enough to say…

I did it!

One million words in a year—in 361 days to be precise, since I actually wrote those last words a few days ago.

I have to say, August felt a little anticlimactic to me. Maybe it’s because I had fewer words to write this month than in other months, but I don’t know…I thought finishing would feel bigger. Instead I’m left with a feeling of incompletion. I know I finished Milwordy. I got all the words. Yet, it doesn’t feel like it’s over somehow.

Maybe I just need time for the truth to sink in. Or maybe I don’t feel done because I’m not. I’m not done writing. I didn’t finish the Sleeping Beauty retelling I was working on, so I still have that to do. Plus I have a mountain of first drafts now that I can sort through and figure out what to do with.

And, of course, new ideas will be just around the corner soon. This is only the end of a writing challenge, not the end of my writing.

So, Milwordy went out with not a bang nor a whimper but rather a kind of “Huh?” I don’t know exactly where my writing journey will take me next, but I have some ideas. I hope that you’ll stick with me on the way.

And stay tuned for my big Milwordy wrap-up where I will tell you just what I think about this crazy challenge now that I’m finally done with it.

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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