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Half Milwordy

My biggest writing challenge yet.

By A Palace of IdeasPublished 4 days ago 3 min read
Half Milwordy
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In 2022, I made a commitment to myself to write more, and I followed through with that promise. I began publishing posts to various online blogging websites and also started my first novel at the beginning of the year. To challenge myself, I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo and aimed to write a novel in a month. Despite the immense pressure and challenge, I was able to write 28,000 words towards my novel and got into a rigorous, productive writing habit. Unfortunately, I got sick halfway through the month, which hindered my progress, but had I not been ill, I am sure I would have achieved the goal.

In 2023, I have an even bigger writing goal planned.


As I was searching YouTube for NaNoWriMo motivation, I was truly amazed when I came across Kate Cavanaugh’s incredible Milwordy challenge — a challenge she set for herself to write a million words in a single year. It was an impressive feat and one that inspired me, however, I knew that such an ambitious undertaking was beyond my current abilities. Still, I was determined to find a writing challenge that was achievable yet still require a great deal of dedication and hard work. After careful consideration, I eventually decided on the Half Milwordy challenge — a goal of writing 500,000 words within the year. This year, I am setting out to embark on this challenge and am determined to meet this writing milestone. I am confident that with hard work, dedication, and a bit of motivation, I can achieve this goal and be proud of my accomplishments.


I wanted to do this challenge to develop a good writing habit and to make a meaningful contribution to my future. Ultimately, I would like to leave my corporate job and make a living from creative pursuits. I understand that the only way to make that happen is to become a better writer, and the only way to do that is to invest more time and effort into it. I have decided to use word counts as a way of tracking the amount of effort I put in, since I think it will be a good starting point for me. As I continue to write more, I believe that I will start to develop an effective writing process that will help me to achieve my goals. I am looking forward to the journey ahead and all that it will bring.


Beginning in November 2022, I began tracking my writing and found it to be an invaluable tool in helping me to reach my writing goals. As a result, I will continue to track my writing in 2023, noting the number of words and minutes I spend on each project each day. This will provide me with valuable insight into which days of the week are most productive for me and also which areas of my writing I am dedicating the most time to in order to yield the most words.

In order to reach my goal of 500,000 words in a year, which is equivalent to 1370 words a day, I plan to dedicate 1.5–2 hours a day to writing, with the majority of that time spent doing writing sprints. I have found that I am able to write up to 600 words in a 20-minute sprint if I am focused and so with some leeway, I am confident that I can reach my goal. Moreover, since I would like to make writing my career, two hours a day does not seem like an insurmountable amount of time. Additionally, since I enjoy writing and often spend two hours a day writing anyway, I am particularly confident in my writing abilities and my ability to reach my goal.

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A Palace of Ideas

Writings on languages, literature, and life musings. You can find all of my projects here:

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