Writing a million words in a year sounds like a crazy challenge. In fact, it is somewhat crazy. However, what is life or writing without a bit of a challenge here and there? So, along with my dedication to a year of writing, I also wrapped in the milwordy challenge – to write 1 million words in a single year. The first three months of this challenge went quite well. When committing to as much as possible for an entire year, it’s important to track every word – which can be a challenge in itself. Now that we have gotten past the first sixth months of the challenge, it’s time for an update to see how I have been doing. So without further ado, here is my year of writing: update 2, covering April to June.
Year of writing: update 2
I knew April would be a good month for writing – or at least I hoped it would be. After all, I tend to do my most prolific writing during NaNoWriMo, and April just happened to be Camp NaNoWriMo – especially a spring version of the original writing challenge. Much like with all my previous NaNoWriMo attempts, I had good days and then some lackluster days when it came to writing. However, overall, the writing flowed pretty well with this story and before long I had reached the end of the month. The final result of Camp NaNoWriMo was 62,457. This is great because the goal for this writing project was 50,000.
On top of this writing, I did a pretty decent amount of blog work, journaling, note-making, and a few other writing tasks that really bumped up the word count. This helped me write 99343 words total for the month, which is well over the needed 82200. I’m quite happy with how much I got written in April and I know doing Camp NaNoWriMo was a big help in getting so many words.
April writing stats:
- Words written: 99343
- Words needed: 82200
Often time, after finishing Camp NaNoWriMo or NaNoWriMo, I am completely done with writing for a while. I have pushed myself to get as much writing done as possible and all I want to do after that is take a break. Even though I also feel that desire to finish that particular story at the same time. However, with the year of writing challenge, I don’t really get the luxury of doing that. If I were to ignore writing for several weeks, I would fall behind. Now, while I did slack off a bit when focusing on the project I had just been working on, I did get a decent amount of writing done elsewhere.
I’ve been wanting to try to write some short stories for a while and this was the month I played around with them a lot. I must say, it’s a lot harder to write a short story than a full-length novel – despite the fact I have never actually finished writing an entire novel. I think my biggest struggle is the size constraint. As I find with novels I can freely write and not necessarily worry about how long it is. Whereas with short stories, you really need to focus the story down to maintain the proper length while also giving the plot its proper attention. It’s hard, but I am up for the challenge.
Between working on my NaNoWriMo story, a few short story ideas, blog work, and a few other projects, I managed to write 79381. That means I was a bit shy of the 84940 mark that I needed to hit for the month. However, I have written above my needed word count goal during some other previous months.
May writing stats:
- Words written: 79381
- Words needed: 84940
This is the month where things started to go downhill quite a bit. However, it’s not entirely my fault. There were days where I didn’t feel like writing, which can happen to the best of us. However, my greatest writing hurdle in June was my computer issues. These started around the halfway point in the month and got progressively worse. I put a lot of time into troubleshooting, hoping it was something that could easily be fixed. However, when you are dealing with a 10-year-old computer, sometimes you have to accept there is little you can do. Eventually, we determined that a number of parts would need to be replaced, such as the motherboard. While I did try to write in the second half of the month, it was difficult to, as I never knew when my computer would crash, potentially losing everything I wrote – autosave only helps so much after all. So, I made the decision to not write in the last couple of weeks of the month.
Needless to say, my word count took a major hit because of this. In June, I managed to write 29,815 words, which is less than half of the 82,200 words I needed for the month.
June writing stats:
- Words written: 29815
- Words needed: 82200
This brought my total word count for the first half of this milwordy challenge to 475,658. While I am a bit behind from the 495,940 words that I should be at, I was actually pleasantly surprised to see I’m closer than I initially thought. It has happened that I had a few really strong months at the start which helped to give me a buffer zone for those months I didn’t write as well. I still feel confident that I can hit that 1 million word mark by the end of the year.
I hope you enjoyed my second year of writing update 2. Have you been writing much this year?