You may have lost NaNoWriMo. The feeling is awful, like you’ve been punched in the gut. All your friends are either talking about how they won or how they lost but they’re happy with what they got anyway. It’s hard, because you didn’t win and you aren’t satisfied with what you got. More than that, you aren’t satisfied with yourself.
I know that feeling. I’m a competitive person, so when I lose things it’s like I’ve lost some of my worth, but that isn’t true.
If you are happy with your word count as it is, whether you won or not, that’s great! You should be happy, because you wrote words. You created a story out of a blank page and your imagination. Either way, here are a few tips on how to be encouraged when you lose a writing challenge.
Make Sure You’re on the Right Level
In NaNoWriMo, there is a YWP site where you can set your own word count goal. Everyone is at a different level, and once you accept that you’ll be much happier. If you’re on a lower or higher level than what you’re trying to reach, change it so it’s challenging but still possible.
Finish your novel. Finish your story. Finish trying to achieve that daily word count goal. Finish what you started. If you didn’t finish it on time, okay. If you can’t finish it, okay. Choose a new deadline or project. Just keep trying. Sometimes you may need to cut off your project, and that’s fine, it’ll cause growth, but make sure you keep those goals in mind.
You didn’t make it this time. Whatever. Just make sure two things happened: you learned something and you’ll try harder next time. Accept it and move on.
I hope this helps you all!