In 2016, I participated in a year-long writing challenge, put together by the 10 Minute Novelists group. The challenge was called “365K Club,” and there were different levels of participation. Since I was new to the challenge, I joined at the “Poe” level, which aimed for a total of 100,000 words in a year (which breaks down to 275 words per day). To help keep myself motivated, and to inspire other writers to play along at home, I documented my journey using a Word Tracker. In total, I ended up writing 302,961 words, making the 365 Club my new favorite writing challenge.

Below, you can find my monthly stats, badges, and links to my round-up posts.

I’ll be participating again in 2017, as a member of the Parrot group. Join me on my new adventure here!

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January

Total Word Count: 14,665 words

Badges: Weirdest Writing Ritual (week 3)

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Word Counts:

    • Week 1: 3,971 words
    • Week 2: 3,975 words
    • Week 3: 4,101 words (original weekly high)
    • Week 4: 2,483 words

Round-up Posts:

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February

Total Word Count: 17,546 words this month; 32,211 words for the year

Badges: Paint A Portrait and January Bullseye (both week 5)

Word Counts:

    • Week 5: 2,481 words
    • Week 6: 5,290 words (current weekly high)
    • Week 7: 3,842 words
    • Week 8: 4,488 words

Round-up Posts:

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March

Total Word Count: 19,869 words this month; 52,080 for the year

Badges: February Bullseye, We’re Not In Kansas Anymore (for reaching 1/4 of my yearly goal), Lucky You, Genre Switch, Good Luck Charms

Word Counts:

    • Week 9: 4,175 words
    • Week 10: 4,590 words
    • Week 11: 4,559 words
    • Week 12: 3,906 words

Round-up Posts:

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April

Total Word Count: 16,842 this month; 68,922 for the year

Badges: March Bullseye, Character Talent Show, Following the Yellow Brick Road (hitting the halfway mark!), Presentation Sensation (self-awarded)

Word Counts:

    • Week 13: 4,976 words
    • Week 14: 3,109 words
    • Week 15: 4,921 words
    • Week 16: 3,592 words
    • Week 17: 4,110 words

Round-up Posts:

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May

Total Word Count: 18,580 this month; 87,502 for the year

Badges: Hanging Out, May Bullseye, Cabin Boy (writing every day for 1 month), Survived the Flying Monkeys (3/4 to my yearly goal!)

 

Word Counts:

    • Week 18: 5,786 words
    • Week 19: 4,247 words
    • Week 20: 3,927 words
    • Week 21: 3,122 words

Round-up Posts:

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JUNE

Total Word Count: 17,676 words this month; 105,227 for the year

Badges: Odd Character Trait, Best Day Ever, June Bullseye, Sailor Badge

Word Counts:

    • Week 22: 3,562 words
    • Week 23: 3,509 words
    • Week 24: 2,973 words
    • Week 25: 4,680 words

Round-up Posts:

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JULY

Total Word Count: 43,806

Badges: Tagline, Captain Badge, Emerald City, July Bullseye

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750Words.com badges (not official 365K Club badges, but also motivating me this month!)

Word Counts:

    • Week 26: 5,977 words
    • Week 27: 10,614 words*
    • Week 28: 8,250 words
    • Week 29: 8,814 words*
    • Week 30: 12,819 words*

Round-up Posts:

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AUGUST

Total Word Count: 30,215 words

Badges: Virtual World, August Bullseye, Admiral

 

Word Counts:

    • Week 31: 6,528 words
    • Week 32: 6,138 words
    • Week 33: 5,311 words
    • Week 34: 5,476 words

Round-up Posts:

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SEPTEMBER

Total Word Count: 31,237 words

Badges: Coming Soon!

Word Counts:

    • Week 35: 9,298 words
    • Week 36: 9,976 words
    • Week 37: 6,931 words
    • Week 38: 5,584 words
    • Week 39: 6,331 words

Round-up Posts:

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OCTOBER

Total Word Count: 34,985 words

Badges: October Bullseye, Sea Tourist (6 months of writing daily), 5K Run/Walk/Write Event Winner

Word Counts:

    • Week 40: 9,862 words
    • Week 41: 6,131 words
    • Week 42: 6,275 words
    • Week 43: 10,192 words

Round-up Posts:

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NOVEMBER

Total Word Count: 36,229 words

Badges: November Bullseye and the Scuba Diver (ignore that extra R!) badge for writing every day for SEVEN MONTHS!

Word Counts:

    • Week 44: 8,390 words
    • Week 45: 7,863 words
    • Week 46: 8,537 words
    • Week 47: 6,317 words

Round-up Posts:

DECEMBER

Total Word Count: 18,701 words in December, and 302,961 words for the year!

Badges: December Bullseye

Word Counts:

    • Week 48: 9,819 words
    • Week 49: 6,614 words
    • Week 50: 1,562 words
    • Week 51: 2,725 words
    • Week 52: 4,275 words

Round-up Posts:

NOTE: An * indicates that a Record High, daily and/or weekly, was achieved this week.