If you just keep trying, and also keep inquiring into why you failed and how you can do better at achieving your goals.
I think I’m giving up on my NaNoWriMo attempt. The story hasn’t gone anywhere I meant for it to, my characters are experts at magically defusing conflict as soon as I introduce it, and they’ve been persistently unwilling to play around in the Mistlands and discover any of its secrets.
I hate them and I want them all to die… Which could probably provide a final burst of 12,000 words by the end of the month, if 50,000 words was my real goal.
My real goal, though, is to get better as a writer, and to learn to write longer, more involved and interesting stories. Sending this one out in a blaze of unreadable glory wouldn’t serve that goal, I don’t think.
Instead, I will consign them to the lonely oblivion of the hard drive, and ponder what I did wrong before I start up another one.
I’m also going to allow myself to read a couple of novels, which I’ve been growing cranky about not reading in the past few days while I’ve been falling out of love with my story.
And I guess that’s the big problem. There’s nothing I love about this story.
I was reading another author’s post about writing 10,000 words per day, and she was saying that one of the keys was feeling enthusiastic about what she was going to write, that another was to know what she wanted to write that day, and that the third was choosing the right times to write.
I kind of wasn’t doing any of those this month. :-p
Ah well. There are definitely lessons to ponder here, and in the meantime, other people’s books to read!