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A Late NaNoWriMo Confession

I have a confession to make. I didn’t write as much as I would’ve liked one day during NaNoWriMo.

To be fair a headache came on and I tried to push through. But I felt horrible. I gave in before I could fill up all the pages I aimed to complete. Because I am who I am, I tried to make up for it. I wanted to compensate.

Then again, I didn’t want to push myself too far to the point where my brain and body broke down on me even more.

A health scare, minor or major, is a reminder that I only have one head and one heart. I have one life. As much as I strive to get a ton of work done every day, there will always be more work than living days.

I’m aware NaNoWriMo is supposed to be a challenge. But I know my limits. And I refuse to risk my well being or ignore warning signs. I hope you don’t either.

I’m all for pushing yourself. But don’t push yourself to the point of pain.

Obviously, I love writing for many reasons. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I plan to write as long as possible. Less productive days aren’t the end of the world.

Despite everything that happened in November, I had fun.

To be honest, I didn’t leave the house much in past NaNos. But life’s too short to stay at home all the time. Besides, I need to live a little if I’m going to have anything worth writing about.

In recent years, my focus in November has shifted away from reaching 50,000 words to writing but also living throughout the month.

Writing is difficult enough as is. But if you aren’t feeling fine, putting words on the page turns into a great feat. Look after yourself, always. Don’t you dare feel guilty for putting your needs first.

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