I will succeed despite setback. I will carry on despite an abundance of carry-over. I will not give up.
That’s been my January mantra. I’ve had to remind myself of this as the deadline I set for myself approaches and I am still not half-way through revising my manuscript. I also had to REALLY remind myself of this when I had to, mostly, sit out my writing retreat because my oldest daughter was sick. Thankfully, with the help of technology, I was able to attend our group sessions remotely. We had some great discussions and I was able to work on a few stories in different creative exercises that helped me flush out more of my characters. As always, I am incredibly grateful for the women in my peer critique group.
I’m close to finishing the revisions on act one of this manuscript. This manuscript is about 40,000 words and the first act makes up about 10,000 of those words. My plan is to carry my goal of completing the revision on this manuscript into February. I thought about setting it aside and moving onto my next manuscript, but I’m in this one and I can’t walk away from it. I need to stick with it until it is completely revised. That’s how I’ve decided to combat the feeling of failure in not accomplishing this goal. I’m going to continue reminding myself that it would only be a failure if I gave up, and I will NOT do that. I WILL complete the revisions for this manuscript. My obstacles and setbacks do not define me. How I carry on and realign my goals to accommodate the carry-over does.
How do you deal with setbacks? What’s your most effective method to overcoming an obstacle and achieving your goal despite a stumbling block?