The year of writing – 2021 challenge

Writing has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, I would continuously craft stories, sharing them with anyone who would read or listen to them. As the years went by, I wrote less, mostly due to my school workload, but I never lost my love of writing. My adult years haven’t seen a lot of writing. True, I participate in NaNoWriMo every year and work on this blog, and all of that technically counts as writing. However, I want to put even more focus on my writing. That is why I am making 2021 the year of writing. I really want to push myself to turn my writing into a career and I know the best way to do that is to make it a goal, write it down, and share it with the world. This way, I have the accountability I need to keep up with it, even at times when I don’t feel like doing it.

2021: The year of writing

What I’ll be working on

  • Finish rough draft of 2020 NaNoWriMo project. I absolutely love this story and want to give it as much attention as I can this year. There are some major revamps to the original outline, which I worked on during the last month of 2020, so many chapters I had previously written will need to be scrapped or completely overhauled.
  • Rewrite 2014 NaNoWriMo project. I started to rewrite this project during the July 2020 Camp NaNoWriMo. However, there is a lot of work left to do on it.
  • Blog work. A lot of blog work boils down to writing. I feel like I have done a lot to improve my blog lately and want to keep the momentum going. So writing new posts, and revamping old ones, all count towards this year-long writing focus.
  • Daily journaling. I enjoy journaling as it helps me to focus on the day. Plus it’s nice to mix up my writing and write by hand occasionally.
  • Secret project. I’m excited about this one, however, I can’t really go into details about it just yet.
  • Write 2 short stories. I don’t have any experience writing short stories, but I want to give them a try. So, this year I would like to write two short stories and see how the process compares to writing a full-length novel.
  • Rewrite my original novel. This was written back in my university days and while I loved the idea back then, I know it needs a complete rewrite to be any good. So, I will be working on this story as well.

While the above will be what I focus on, it is not the only writing I will be doing. If a new writing project pops into my head, I will busy myself with jotting down notes and perhaps even writing out chunks of it. All of that will count towards my overall writing goal for the year.

Milwordy challenge

To give myself an extra boost with my writing, I am also going to be trying to do milwordy in 2021. What better way to devote an entire year to writing than tossing in a huge writing challenge like this? I haven’t been able to find a lot of details on this challenge outside of the basics, but it sounds like the perfect challenge for someone wanting to write a lot.

What is milwordy?

Milwordy is a challenge to write 1 million words in a year. Crazy, right? While this challenge does seem daunting, I don’t think it’s impossible. In fact, some people have successfully completed it. Plus, I do NaNoWriMo every year and that’s 50,000 words in a single month.

Normally, this challenge starts in September and runs until the end of August. Since I heard about this challenge after September, I decided to change the start time. In the end, I will still be attempting to write it in a calendar year.

What counts for milwordy?

Everything. Every single word written counts. So that means blog posts, novel work, notes, journaling, and even what’s posted on Twitter. It all boils down to how dedicated you are to count the words.

I will be doing my best to count every word written, even if it’s on Twitter. I realize that counting words in all of my tweets may get a little tiresome. However, there’s no rule that says you have to be that picky with counting words. Obviously, if you count everything you have a greater chance of reaching 1 million words written.

How many words per day?

You may be wondering how many words per day need to be written in order to reach 1 million words in a year. It’s 2740 words. I know, it looks like a lot, and honestly, it is a lot. That breaks down to doing almost 2 NaNoWriMo challenges each month.

Do I think I can do it?

I hope so! However, even if I don’t reach 1 million words in a year, I think it’s worth it to try.

Some people have done half and quarter milwordy challenges. This means aiming for 500,000 or 250,000 words in a year.

Do you love to write? Have you considered doing a year of writing? Is milwordy a challenge you see yourself participating in?


  1. Milwordy- WOW. A lot of writing planned for you in 2021. I will be following along and cheering for you!

    1. Thank you. I will do my best to post regular updates on how I’m doing.

  2. Your year of writing goals are impressive and inspiring. Thanks for sharing them. I had never heard of the milwordy challenge. Counting the words in every email I send, I probably write more words in a day than I might think. Maybe I’ll try counting my written words just for one day to get an idea. Thanks for the inspiration, and good luck in fulfilling your year of writing goals!

    1. Thank you. I think it would be neat if you counted your words for a day. It’s actually surprising how much people write in a single day but we tend to think we write every little. All those texts, emails, tweets, etc tend to add up quickly.

    1. Thank you. I really look forward to seeing what 1 million words looks like and exactly what I can produce with that much writing.

    1. Thank you. I’m very excited to give this challenge my best.

    1. Thank you. I hope to reveal the details soon but want to make sure it’s 100% set up and ready before doing so.

  3. I enjoyed reading about your upcoming year of writing! As with many things in life, writing definitely gets easier the more you do it. Good luck on your writing and keep us posted on how it’s going!

    1. Thank you. I agree it will get easier as I go and I look forward to seeing how far I can get. I will do my best to post regular updates on my progress.

  4. What a huge year of writing challenge!! I think that recording my word count from the blog and other projects might actually encourage me to write more! 🙂 I definitely slacked on my novel project this year and I would really like to finish a solid roughdraft. I need to make my own year of writing challenge.

    1. I think you would be surprised how much you write in a single day.I hope you do make a year of writing challenge yourself and set aside time so you can work on your novel. Good luck with that!

  5. A million words a year is impressive. All the best with NaNoWriMo and the writing challenge, definitely sounds like 2021 will be a productive year for you! Lovely post 🙂

    1. Thank you. I sure hope it is as productive as I’m planning for it to me.

  6. Wow, what an awesome project for you! I have never heard of milwordy before. I have always been fascinated by NaNoWriMo though. I’d love to be an author someday, but I’m interested in nonfiction and NaNoWriMo seems likes it’s only fiction. Maybe I’ll have to adapt it for myself someday. Best of luck on your year of writing!

    1. Thank you. It seems to be a little-known project and even after a lot of digging I couldn’t find a ton of detail about it. You should give NaNoWriMo a try. You never know how much you can write in a day or a month until you try. If you want to try it but not have such a high word count goal, try Camp NaNoWriMo, it happens in April and July and you can set your word count to whatever you want. That might work out well since you are aiming to write non-fiction.

  7. I saw your tweet about milwordy so had to look it up as I’d never heard of it and found your post 😂. Gambatte! You’ve got this!

    1. It’s a little known challenge but I thought it would be fun to try. Arigatou gozaimasu!

    1. Thank you. I am really excited to see how far I can get with this challenge. I will be doing a few updates throughout the year and a big one once the year is over.

  8. I haven’t heard of milwordy before, but wow, a million words is really impressive! Good luck with your writing goals this year!

    1. It’s a not well-known challenge, as shown by how little about it I could find. It certainly will be a challenge to try to read that many words. Thank you.

  9. I’ve never heard of this challenge before, but I’d be lying if I said that I’m not intrigued… I wonder how many words I wrote in Jan just doing my blogging and freelance writing work? I think I’m going to calculate that and see if I feel like I actually could reasonably run for this! It might be the motivation that I need to get further ahead on scheduling out all my blogging with multiple blogs running.

    1. It’s not a well-known challenge, which made it hard to find a lot of details on it. I think a lot of people will be surprised by how much they actually write in a month and a year if they track all of their words – which admittedly is very time-consuming. You definitely should try to see how much you wrote in January, who knows, you may be well on your way to completing your own milwordy.

  10. I’ve never heard of these challenges but it’s good to have goals. I tend to write short posts because I don’t feel I have the patience to write stories. Well done for that!

    1. It’s not a very well-known challenge but I’m glad I am helping to spread it around a bit more. Nothing wrong with shorter posts. Not everyone can or wants to write stories. Thank you.

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