I’m a loser…or am I?

I have officially lost NaNoWriMo.

My novel-in-progress is divided into about 4 different files, two of which are on a flash drive that I’m hoping is only lost in my car. But even with all of them combined together, I am still only around 33,000 words.

Wait.

Only?

What about: Dude! I have 33,000 words started on a novel! Woo!!

Okay, yes, I am slightly disappointed that I didn’t win NaNoWriMo. Slightly. But, hey, it was for a good cause. November was jam packed with stuff to do, and I just didn’t have as much writing time as I normally would have.

November was overwhelming, and I still managed to write 33,000 words towards a novel that I could possibly even finish some day.

Sounds like an accomplishment to me.

And while making time to do all that writing, I still wrote a few entries in the blog, started a Tupperware business, worked on marketing for freelance editing, updated my resume and LinkedIn profile, visited family and friends, and somehow became a top performer in sales for my Tupperware team. Number Three in my first 30 days of business?

Sounds like an accomplishment to me.

Now to keep the momentum going. I mean, I do need to slow down a little bit. I’m becoming overwhelmed with everything I’m doing and everything that needs to be done. I’ve been clenching my jaw a lot lately, causing insane headaches, which means I’m stressed out. I’m not getting to sleep until after 1am, and I keep sleeping through dozens of alarms and have been late to work more times than I’m going to admit (and by late, I mean walking through the door at 8 instead of getting there a few minutes or half an hour before).

Sleeping pills don’t help if you can’t take them because you aren’t allowing yourself at least 8 hours to try and get some sleep.

Huh. Imagine that.

But as long as I don’t get too distracted or so stressed that I curl up in a little ball, there should be some positive changes happening in my life in the near future.

Hell, there already have been.

Which is why I can’t be too hard on myself for not “winning” NaNo. The progress I did make is what makes me a real winner in my eyes.

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