By Meghan B.
I do this crazy thing every year. I told you about it a few weeks ago. That's right, the whole "write a novel in a month!" insanity. I encouraged you to join me in the outright blistering madness of NaNoWriMo. "Let us frolic in a meadow of our 50,000 words!" I suggested.
I am full of monumental levels of shit. What started as a strong first two days quickly petered out into a massive ocean of fail, populated by failwhales and failoctopi and failsharks. After 2,000 words, I found myself unmotivated, depressed and unable to move my otherwise genius story along. In other words, I suck.
Failure is important, though. I think everyone should learn from their fails (and not the "play them off, keyboard cat!" type of fails either). My failure was being too ambitious and not pushing myself. I was also afraid to suck. No one wants to suck. Sucking... sucks.
So I wanted to take this moment to learn from my failure and ask others about some moments that turned sucky and failtastic that they learned from too.
Maureen Johnson, queen of Twitter and author of YA literature, did a youtube video a year ago about the importance of sucking as a writer. She's also doing a hilarious but thoughtful and very helpful daily blog about writing.
So join me, friends, in celebrating our failures and hoping to learn from them. You watch out, November 2012, I am going to WRECK you!