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An Ode to Those of Us Who Failed

I start by saying failing is a strange term. It’s something we can believe even when it’s not true. And when it comes to writing challenges (specifically NaNo), I feel like the biggest failure. I have gotten so many things wrong while writing the past two years.

I do challenges and never finish.

I write words and hate them.

But that’s okay. (I say that a lot but I mean it.)

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I didn’t even put my hat in the ring for NaNo this year. At least not officially. I gave myself goals and what I wanted to do, but I never put it into the site. This year I was on my own and it took a lot of weight off my shoulders.

My end goal was to write. And I did.

I didn’t get 50K words. I didn’t finish any projects. But I wrote.

And I think that’s where failing gets tricky. Technically, I failed. But technically, I am farther than when I started.

It’s like fitness programs or working on our mental health. Some days just suck.

Some years just suck.

But we pick ourselves up and we keep going. Each step is one step closer to our goals.

So to all of you that have failed just like me, you did it. You took another step. You made it happen.

Even if you didn’t hit the goal. You pushed yourself. And I’m so proud of you.

Let me know what goals you have for the future in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “An Ode to Those of Us Who Failed

  1. Sarah Angleton says:

    I don’t think failing NaNo is failing at all. The goal is to write, and you wrote. I’m glad you’re proud of that because you should be. I didn’t do NaNo this year. I considered it, and then I thought maybe that would be too much pressure because I was book launching at the same time, so I thought maybe I’d just try it unofficially. And then there was a death in the family and my life felt like it wasn’t really my own for a while. The last couple weeks are kind of a blur. I didn’t write 50,000 words this month. I’m not even sure I wrote 5,000 words. But I survived the worst of the storm and I did write a little bit. I’m calling it a success. And tomorrow is December at last.

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