Cutting Myself Some Slack

Today I explained to someone who perhaps I’m behind on my word count because my heart isn’t quite into NaNo this year.  The advice I got in return was that perhaps I shouldn’t spread myself too thin, and maybe not participate in NaNo.

The reality is that I’m setting a couple of different goals with regards to NaNo this year.  The first is the obvious goal: 50,000 (new) words and a completed novel.  However, I have another, smaller goal.  I want to work on Mara’s Tale, and without the driving force of NaNo, that hasn’t happened.  Each time I fill in another gap, every day that I write (even a few hundred words) is a success in my mind.  Earlier this week I wrote only about 600 words, but they were important because they completed the last section I had left of a particular part of Mara’s life.  The word count may have been short for the day; the accomplishment was not short.

I think layered goals are perfectly acceptable, don’t you?


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laurenc129
    Nov 07, 2013 @ 21:30:13



  2. Linda
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 08:31:37

    Absolutely! Even without the 50,000 words, if you have moved ahead on Mara’s tale, I think you will feel great at the end of the month. . . or at least you should!


  3. deshipley
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 14:25:09

    Every goal met is a victory. (:


  4. Tammy
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 20:18:10

    Definitely. I can’t wait to read Mara’s tale so get busy! 🙂


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