Failure

On, or around, November 20th, I realized I was going to fail 2017 NaNoWriMo. I was really excited about it this year and was more ready than ever to write something. However, when it came down to it, my writing was a mess. I’ve been trying to figure out how this would fit in with a blog about reading and life for a few weeks so hopefully this helps anyone who’s going in 2018 with some failure in 2017 and looking for encouragement. 

There were several things that contributed to failing NaNoWriMo this year. I had just finished this incredible writing workshop, I was feeling more inspired than ever, and I was working on a world bible for my novel. These aren’t typical reasons for failing NaNo. Anyone who’s participated know that two reasons dominate the forums.

  1. The holidays were too much and I couldn’t get any writing done when family was in town/during my travels.
  2. I couldn’t find the time to finish anything or I had writer’s block.

While mulling over the reasons for my flame out during the month of December, I thought back to my New Year’s post last year. A lot of people told me I was setting myself up for failure by being too busy, but if goals don’t have some challenge to them, are they worth achieving? I will ask myself that for the rest of the life and never have an answer I’m certain of.

The four that stand out the most (at least for the subject of this blog) are:

  1. Read 52 books in 2017 and complete Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge
  2. Write 52 short stories
  3. Get published
  4. Go to the freakin’ library already

So….how did I do?

Read 52 Books in 2017
Verdict: Success

This was the most productive year of reading I’ve ever had. My current count is 103 books and I might finish a few before the year is done. Its 100% because I joined Book Riot’s Insiders. The people I’ve met there have enriched my life with books, love, and community. They make me want to read more and diversify my reading more each year.

Books

I’m posting the number of pages because this feels like the biggest reason to brag. It feels a lot like 25,000 pages looking back on this year.

Pages

…and finish the 2017 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge
Verdict: Failure

There was no way I was going to complete it this year. The challenges were too complicated and I was wandering through books I already owned. I can’t feel too disappointed when I’ve completed 103 books this year, but I still want to complete a reading challenge someday. I’m going to try again in 2018, but I’ll probably talk about that in a later post.

Write 52 short stories
Verdict: Failure

I knew by the first week of January this one wasn’t going to happen. I still have all the prompts on my desk and I might try to do it this year so I’m writing when I’m stuck on other projects. Short stories are still something I want to be able to do.

Get Published
Verdict: Success….sort of

I got an article published early in the year that I’m not very proud of so I’ve never shared it widely. I did get flamed on it for my opinion so I feel like I’ve reached a new tier in my writing journey that I’m not ashamed of in the slightest.

Get to the freakin’ library already
Verdict: Success

I’ve been to TWO libraries. Turns out that there’s more than one library system where I lived and I needed the second library card after Harvey hit. I’ve been swimming in eBook loans this week and it’s been glorious.

Final Verdict…

I still want to be an author someday. I hope to see my books out there and for people to read them and love them or hate them. I want to write something that worthy of people’s opinions. My lack of successes this year doesn’t change that and I have learned a lot from failing.

I’m also going to keep reading and hopefully read a lot more next year! Some of the books on my Goodreads challenge this year were comics and rereads so my goal is to hit 104 books. My goals are pretty ambitious, but there are so many great books out there. Why would I want to only read 30 a year?!?!

I know this post didn’t have a book recommendation, but you can also check out my Goodreads account for my current books. Let me know in the comments if you have any bookish goals you’re thinking about in 2018.

Happy reading everyone!
-KC-

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