When You Fall
Okay, fine. I was a little bit TOO optimistic about NaNoWriMo. I’ll admit it, I’m a dreamer. I dream too big sometimes. I expect too much of myself and I truly believe, right or wrong, that anything is possible. It’s what keeps me going through all the craziness in this world.
This time, I didn’t fully fall under my self-induced rose-colored-glasses spell. I knew in my heart of hearts that my 5 am wake up calls to writing action were bound to end. I mean, who can consistently get up at the crack of dawn when their day is already chock full of responsibilities?
Still, I had my moment. I thought it was possible to do it all. That is, until life smacked me upside the head and I fell down hard.
Last week, life happened and I failed at NaNo big time. In my defense, it wasn’t normal life stuff. THAT I can master blind. But real life happened. You know, the kind of life that comes hurling at you a hundred miles an hour and you feel like a truck just ran a red light and sideswiped you all the way down the Garden State Parkway. That kind of life.
I sort of went into a hazy fog for about seven days and, as embarrassed as I am to admit this, I didn’t write ONE word. Not a one. Not even a half of one. In fact, I didn’t even think about writing, except when I realized I hadn’t done it at all. Then the boxing gloves came out and I gave myself a few one-two punches before bedtime, which I admit was a terrible thing to do.
Life happens and things don’t go as planned. You will fall and you will fail, but the most important thing is to get back up.
Get Back Up
Once things settled down enough for me to think straight, I did what any NaNoWriMo participant behind on her word count would do. I had a stiff drink and I went back at it.
Writing isn’t for the faint of heart, and NaNoWriMo isn’t for all writers. It’s for the writers who, in my opinion, enjoy a healthy mix of torture and deferred gratification. Like me.
Here I sit, once ahead, now behind, but never stopping. Life knocked me down and I got back up. No matter my total word count on November 30, my story will be longer than it was when I started on November 1, and that, my friends, is a NaNoWriMo success story in my book. I wrote the book, so I can say it’s so. See how that works?
Fall down? Get back up! You write your story. Make it a bestseller!
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