So, here we are in month 5 of the Million Word Challenge. It’s the perfect time for a little reflection.
Words Written: 51,131
MWC Goal: 84,940
I started off just as I’d hoped – making a decent stab at the challenge. I wrote 3 new shorts and added new words to two different novels (a modern thriller and a supernatural detective novel set in Victorian England).
Then, my wrist injury happened…
Words Written: 8,709
Total Words: 59,840
MWC Goal: 161,660
Most of the month, I was recuperating from my hand & wrist pain, so it wasn’t until the last 2 weeks that I was able to do some writing (and it was minimal at that).
I started working on an online serial and also did some editing on one of the shorts I had started in January.
Words Written: 15,133
Total Words: 74,973
MWC Goal: 246,600
The first week and a half, as well as the last week or so were my most productive. In the middle there, I was working on the outline for the story-that-became-a-serial (started in February).
At the end of the month, it was a new short that I may now end up folding into the new novel I’m outlining. Not sure yet…but at least I was able to double my output from last month. On the mend!
Words Written: 29,142
Total Words: 104,115
MWC Goal: 328,800
Slowly getting back up to speed, I again managed to double my output from last month. Yay me! I also wrote almost every day, but I seem to have trouble sticking to me routine on weekends. I hate to say it but I kind of think that will also become a pattern now that the weather is getting nicer. I’ll try to look at those days off as creative procrastination
April was spent working on the online serial for Camp NaNoWriMo, but about halfway through, it stalled. I just wasn’t invested in the story anymore so I need to re-evaluate it and figure out how I want to proceed. I still love the idea, but something just fell flat when I started working on it.
The end of the month saw me reviving an old story idea and hopefully finally getting it right. I also started another new short based on the novel I’m outlining – and it was a fun one to write, so…bonus!
Goals for May
If I can again double my output from last month, I’ll be satisfied. I try not to dwell on how far behind I am. It can be challenging sometimes, but it is also a great motivator.
My goals are to finish 2 shorts, start a few new ones, finish the outline for the new novel, and maybe pick the serial novella back up again.
I also need to look at all the positive things up there ↑
I’ve gotten onto a relatively normal writing routine, I’m upping my output every month, I’m writing new stories and hopefully all of this legwork will translate into better storywriting skills (and sales!).
– Mary –