Have you ever experienced the ‘F’ word?
At the beginning of the week, I was so tied up in knots about the word, I found it difficult to say aloud.
I’m talking about f..f..failure.
If you’ve answered yes to the question above, you’ll have experienced that sinking feeling when you have to acknowledge your failing to yourself and others.
It’s half-way through the NaNoWriMo challenge and I’ve written 15,000 words. I am 10,000 words shy of the target for this point in the challenge and for many reasons have lagged behind this year.
After the euphoria of winning last year, my performance this year has been somewhat of an anti-climax.
After wallowing in self-pity for a while, once I realised my NaNoWriMo trophy badge was out of reach this year, a friend reminded me of that ‘old silver lining’ cliche and got me to desperately search for the successes that have come from this failure.
What had I achieved in the build-up and two weeks of NaNoWriMo?
- By participating in NaNoWriMo, I have rebuilt a daily writing habit which had dwindled when I was editing.
- I have spent the build-up to the challenge planning another book.
- Once I started writing, it soon became apparent that I was writing two separate stories. Another book in the DS Albie Edwards series and a novella in a completely new series.
- The importance of focusing on the edits and rewrites of ‘The Voyeur’ over new writing has taken precedence.
- A draft of 15,000 is completed which may not have existed if it wasn’t for the challenge.
- If I keep adding rewrites from my editing process, I can still achieve the badges for writing every day.
After measuring my 6 successes against the one failure (okay, albeit a rather large failure), I felt much more positive and could continue to work.
No Magic Tricks Needed. Just a little bit of inner kindness.
Remember to explore the successes in every failure.
If you are in the habit of setting targets and on occasion experience failure, write yourself a list of successes that come from attempting to reach targets. It’s amazing the effect a change of mindset has on future endeavors.
The sooner you find those successes, the easier it is to get up and brush yourself down before you face your next challenge, knowing that whether you fail or not you will always have some success.
Wow, that was a difficult post to write. It’s never easy sharing when things don’t go to plan.
Now it’s your turn.
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Have a success filled week.
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