{Miscellaneous Mondays} Why I Wish I Was Failing NaNo

Note how it's left-handed. I love it. =D
Note how it’s left-handed. 0=D

I wish I was failing NaNo.

Some of you may be thinking, “But … you’re not even doing NaNo,” and that’s the point. I decided against participating in NaNoWriMo this year because I knew I’d be far too busy to devote the necessary time to it. I knew I wouldn’t be able to write 50,000 words in a month, and I knew it would hurt my schedule, relationships, and even health to aim for that. I knew I’d fail. So I didn’t even try.

It hit me this Saturday, as I watched all my friends writing and reaching milestones and simply getting words on the paper, that I hadn’t written anything for a week. I realized that while I dream about publishing a book or writing for a career, I won’t get there because I’m simply not writing. If you don’t write, you don’t get better. I also realized that I’m not going to write if I don’t have a goal, a challenge. Then, at last, I realized that I could have been writing, I could have taken advantage of the NaNo challenge, if only I hadn’t been afraid to fail.

In reality, the real failure was not trying in the first place. “Failing” NaNo would have been preferable to my current situation, which is no words added to the book, no lessons learned, and no steps taken closer to achieving my dreams. I have told other people this very truth, but I didn’t heed it myself. The real point of NaNoWriMo is to get you to write. Write. Just write. Write even if it’s horrible, even when you don’t feel like it, even when you’re behind. Write.

Don’t get me wrong—you should try your hardest. You should try to win. Winning NaNo is an incredible achievement, and every writer should, at some point, strive to attain it. However, sometimes you simply don’t have enough time to do so. Sometimes it’s not wise or appropriate to sacrifice other aspects of life to write 50K in a month. That’s the position I found myself in this year. However, I went overboard in the wrong direction. Instead of accepting the fact that I wouldn’t be able to win and simply writing whatever I could, I didn’t write anything.

However, here’s the good news: It’s not too late. No, indeed. Last I checked it’s still November, which means I still have time to participate in NaNoWriMo. “Start NaNoWriMo? Half-way through the month? Are you crazy?” you ask. Perhaps. But then, we writers have always been known for our insanity.

Sure, there’s no way I’ll reach 50K. I may not even get to 25K. But I will get to more-than-zeroK, which is all that matters.

One more thing to note: I’m not condemning anyone who isn’t doing NaNo or saying that it’s the only way to get yourself to write . Some people have come up with other creative goals that will help them write consistently but not kill themselves with NaNo. Unfortunately, those just don’t work for me. Everyone works differently, and I understand (and love) that. The point is, no matter how you choose to motivate—or force—yourself to write, make sure you do it.

Remember that writing nothing is the real failure, and that as long as you keep pressing on, even if it’s only a few words a day, you’re winning.

How’s NaNo going for you? Have you ever realized that you’ve been slacking off to much? How did you fix it? Do tell! 

12 responses to “{Miscellaneous Mondays} Why I Wish I Was Failing NaNo”

  1. […] And finally, it’s okay to “lose”. I won my first NaNo. I lost my second one. I beat myself up for months over this, but, really, the point is to write. Even if you only made it to 5k, you still wrote 5k, or 16k, or whatever it was. So don’t feel bad if you didn’t “win”. Abby at A Glimpse of Starlight wrote a really good post on this last year: Why I Wish I was Failing NaNo […]


  2. […] and goals. But no, I didn’t “win” NaNo. And guess what? That’s okay. I’ve already blogged about this, but it’s worth repeating: Don’t not do NaNo because you won’t be able to win. […]


  3. Hooray for you! This is like, the best NaNo post I’ve ever read. Ever.

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    1. Wow, thank you so much! =)

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  4. 😀 Excellent! You and I can be buddies. I’m way behind, haha, so we can sprint to the end together. 😀

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    1. Oh good, I’m glad I’m not the only one. =D Keep pressing on!


  5. My NaNo writing is going well. I finally caught up to the 25K mark after a long and exhausting night of writing just over 5K words. Though my competitive nature drove me to this point, I sometimes wonder what I will do when it is over. I know there is the Jan-Feb revision period for NaNo, and I will participate and revise the novel (God knows it NEEDS a major overhaul), but what about the rest of the year? Someone turned me onto this website: http://www.finaldeadline.co.uk/ It’s a great place to set your own deadlines and its aim is to help writers achieve those goals. It’s full off writers tools, tips, and even features a workshop! It’s worth a look! And as my MC’s Gramps would say, “It’s never too late to try. Failure is in hiding away and never having tried at all.”

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    1. Congrats for making it to 25K! That’s always a great feeling. *nods* I know what you mean about wondering what will happen after NaNo. I agree that setting your own deadlines can really help, and I also think that when you see how much you accomplished in November, it makes you want to keep pressing on. Ooh, thank you for the website recommendation; I can’t wait to check it out! Perfect quote, too.

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  6. Huzzah! You joined! Even if it’s late!
    My NaNoWriMo is going splendidly. I hit 40K yesterday; I’m happy. I still need to write a few hundred more words tonight, though.

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    1. Indeed! *grins*
      Wow, I’m so impressed and happy for you. 40K this early is awesome. =D

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  7. I relate, in part. However, I’ve realized more and more as I’ve finally picked up a book again after months and months of not reading (not reading outside of my school stuff, that is, which is hefty) that I couldn’t even have started writing without reading. I need reading to kindle my inner fire first. *grins* So my goal this month is to read Mistborn. WITHOUT SKIPPING AHEAD. Which I’ve already done…countless times. Ugh. (I think it’s mainly because I’ve had this mentality for months that there’s no use reading anything in the proper order because I simply don’t have any reading times, and thus it might take me a very long, excruciating time to read something). But from now on, I won’t. And I just decided that on the spot. 0=D But for the record, I only got it yesterday.
    As to drawing instead of NaNoing…it hasn’t quite worked out every day like I thought it would, but I still want to draw whenever I have time, so mainly on weekends. I just need to draw more. Again, sort of like with the reading thing.

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    1. I totally understand about not reading besides school. And I think you’re so right that it’s hard to write when you aren’t reading. Very insightful.
      MISTBORN. *much grins* Yayyyy. Tell me what you think when you finish. *wags finger* Don’t skip ahead, naughty. But I can understand that mentality, especially after coming from reading school stuff where I tend to bounce around in order to answer certain questions and stuff.
      *nods* Hopefully you’ll have time over break to do some more drawing.


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