Welp, it happened. This year, I did not win NaNoWriMo. I'm not upset. Well maybe I'm a bit disappointed. But since I've learned from this failure I taking it in stride.
Two years ago, when I won NaNoWriMo, I had planned my days. I set up word count rewards to keep me motivated. I even planned out my menu every week. At the time, I had the mindset that I needed to plan for success.
Fast forward to this year. I have been writing and working on my novels and other stories. For some reason, I thought it is just another month so I didn't need to prep or plan. For some reason, I forgot that I spent time planning out my days. So when NaNoWriMo came, I simply signed up and assumed I'd win.
Well you know what happens when you assume? Failure that that's what happens. I don't believe failing a task makes me a failure. Therefore, it didn't make me an a**. Failing a task means, dissecting the situation and determining the best way to persevere next time. Or like other people call it, learning.
I've learned that I need to plan my time. I've learned that just because I want something to happen doesn't mean it will. Also, I have full-time job outside of writing. That means if I want to have time for writing I must schedule it.
So, I will be going back what worked in the past. That means I'll be planning for what I find important.
I'm going back to scheduling my writing, my blog, my podcast and story submissions on Wattpad. There is a lot I have planned for 2019. In December, I'm hoping to put in place a framework to get it all done.
My Monthly Mantra: Plan it and it will get done.