Amy Does NaNoWriMo: What Do You Do When You Fail?


Failure is shitty, let’s be real. But failure is also something we can learn from.

I did NaNoWriMo this year, or I said I was doing it. I didn’t write 50,000 words. Maybe 200, but definitely not 50,000. So what does this mean for me?

I’m not upset, I could have done better but I didn’t and I’m not going to guilt trip myself about it. Instead, I’m taking this experience and learning from it.

Failure is OK!

Sometimes stuff doesn’t go to plan. I had every good intention for this year’s NaNo but it didn’t work out. I had a lot going on and to be perfectly honest, I was out of inspiration.

I think the thing I really learnt from failing NaNo, is that I need to not be so hard on myself. It’s not easy to write, it’s actually really hard and kinda shitty. This whole year I’ve been writing non-stop for university and I think I really just drained myself and that’s fine. Everyone needs to take breaks and have a breather. I think it’s just as beneficial to step away from your writing and give yourself a break as it is to write every day. It realigns your perspective and reignites your flame of inspiration!

So through this failure, I’m trying to learn to step away from writing and give myself a chance to rest and allow my inspiration bank to fill up again.

My goals haven’t changed. I want to write for shorter bursts more often, but this is something I will continue to work on.

NaNo isn’t the only chance we have to improve yourself. There are eleven other months of the year where we can focus on our writing and give ourselves a chance. So if you failed NaNoWriMo too, it’s OK. Take a step back. Reevaluate and keep going.

Oh and don’t forget Camp NaNo, choose your own goal and make it a realistic one! Your novel will get written, November will come around again.


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