I didn’t win “NaNoWriMo” this year.
For those of you who don’t know, one wins National Novel Writing Month by getting 50,000 words on the page between Nov. 1-Nov. 30. I had great intentions of finally penning a very rough draft of “The Storyteller’s” story . . . one that has haunted my dreams (and my blog) for many years now. I made a good start and have about 11,000 plus words written (including brainstormed ideas in a notebook that I haven’t yet included in the official count), but other things got in the way and it just couldn’t happen this November.
To be fair, I’ve probably written well over the 50,000 words, this month . . . just not on the project I intended. I have written:
- numerous hand-written notes inviting people to read, review, and (hopefully) recommend P.O.W.ER to others
- several blog posts
- several future blog posts and interview responses for an upcoming blogging tour of P.O.W.ER (which will begin in January, details TBA)
- assignments, syllabi, comments, and zillions of emails for my adjunct teaching work.
- an application to direct a show this winter (interview is Monday)
- numerous comments, messages, and reflections on various social media
But still . . . I am a NaNo loser. But you know what? I’m okay with that.
“You learn more from losing than winning. You learn how to keep going.” (Morgan Wootten)
Lessons Learned by Living Life on My Own Terms
“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”C. S. Lewis
- I need a clearer outline to help me focus my writing (I got stuck a lot because I don’t yet know the story I need to tell)
- I need to be proud of what I have done rather than focused on what I haven’t
- I need to be kind to myself.
- I need to embrace both life’s failures and life’s successes, because they tell me one important thing . . . that I am, indeed, living
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” (J. K. Rowling)