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 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, 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. This one I’m excited about, 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.
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 that 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?