Do you ever have one of those days where you feel like you can’t do anything right? Or a day (or week, or month) when you feel like you break everything you touch?
These are the days that make it very hard to stay positive and keep looking toward the stars, but they are the days we most need to do that.
After returning to work in April of this year, I’ve had a hard time balancing my writing time with the time I must devote to the family business. I knew if I was going to hold on to this piece of me I needed to get back into the writing-every-day habit. For that reason, I decided to take a stab at NaNoWriMo this year. Though I held the 50,000 word goal out in front of me like a carrot, I admitted to myself this was all about reestablishing good work habits. It was about putting words on the page everyday, even when I didn’t want to.
As promised, I am revealing my progress here today. I ended up writing 30,551 words. I will most likely have the opportunity to write later today — after my work day — but do not anticipate adding more than 2,000 words to that total. So, I did fall short of the “big prize.” I also fell short of the mini-goal. While I wrote a lot more days this month than I have since March 1, I did not write every day.
I see on Twitter people announcing that they “Wwon” as they cross the 50K line, and I do applaud each and every one of them. It’s an amazing accomplishment. What I refuse to do is say “I lost.”
Losing is not even trying. Losing is giving up instead of pushing forward. Losing is not falling a little short.
How did all of you NaNo, writerly types end up doing?