Fitting my writing in around a full time job and family responsibilities, I usually write about 35, 000 words a month (though they may not be ALL on a single project). An extra fifteen doesn't sound so terrible…and I've done it before. So, I thought I could do it this year, too.
But there are two things I rely on to get the extra time that I didn't get this year: Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving weekend.
I mean, I still *got* those things, obviously--the holidays still happened--but I didn't get them for writing. I spent Veteran's Day taking my favorite veteran out to lunch, then taking my quickly growing daughter shopping to replace all the vital things she'd outgrown. Also valuable uses of my time, but not uses that add chapters to my novel.
And my parents came in for Thanksgiving weekend. Visitors are not conducive to writing large word counts. They are conducive though, to happy memories and shared laughter.
Couple that with going to a fan convention (three days of more interaction than writing time) and doing a Book Fair, and I actually had less writing time than is average despite it being a month with four extra days off of school.
So, that's all the reasons. And looking at them, I feel good about what I did get done this month, while still making progress on my new novel.
But that doesn't change feeling like I failed. I'm mean to myself that way sometimes, not cutting myself the slack that I would readily offer others. I ask a *lot* of myself. Still, I am *way* more okay with have a NaNoWriMo fail than I ever would have been in the past.
My 2017 has been all about trying to find the balance, after all. After pushing hard to put out three
And I'm getting there. Having fun without driving myself crazy.
So, I failed at NaNoWriMo. What have we learned?
I'm learning to say no…to myself.