Sunday, November 9, 2014

NaNoWriMo Self-Flagellation: Reassessing Your Unsung Accomplishments

The confession behind this blog: Read here. 

I've been seeing a lot of NaNoWriMo peeps thinking they're jerks for not meeting word count. Some have dropped out, some are in the midst of panicked self-flaggelation.

Welcome to The Real NaNoWriMo

Today is Day 10, which means the words should be at about 17,000.

So let's take a look at me, shall we? 

-I'm behind on my revisions for the November-Book-That-Has-Turned-Into-The-December-Book.

-I'm behind on my NaNoWriMo word count (11,300 out of 17,000 for The Tenth Day). 

-I'm behind at refreshing book covers and innards for a sale I'm having Thanksgiving Weekend and an author panel I'm part of 12/6.

-I probably didn't proofread this blog to perfection.

I could say that I will double down--create MORE words revise MORE chapters and think myself a failure while doing so. 

My motivation for such a crazed act would be this:



But as I wrote and revised and worked on The Writing Life at levels that weren't perfect, I was doing this:


Walking in the evening with a lovely neighbor thru the college campus

Taking children to get their haircut and waiting a squirmy hour
And yes, I did plenty of this.
So this is the take-home point:


And this one:

I do this a lot more than I used to in my 20s. Or pre-kids.

And bolstering myself with lovely, imperfect cold-weather beverages like this one:

Marshmallows with a splash of hot chocolate

And holding close to what I HAVE been doing in my writing world:

-Writing eleven thousand three hundred new words for a new book.

-Being on Draft 3 of a novel. That means I've combed through 150,000 words so far.

-Building reader relationships with lovely readers via Goodreads Giveaways, my newsletter, and blog hops:




-And today, creating a new Pinterest board for moments like this (Imperfect But Me):

Follow Sydney's board Imperfect But Me on Pinterest.
 
No, I wasn't procrastinating.

I was celebrating  this:



Make sure you're celebrating 
your imperfect awesomeness, too.

What Unsung Accomplishments do you have 
because they aren't the perfect accomplishments you wanted?

Until next time, my darlings my dears...
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