That's right. Every single day is a new opportunity. Every. Single. Day.
For example, I wanted to finish the first draft of the second book in the Family Relics series by the end of 2015. I didn't even start it. It was outlined, to a very detailed point that I think I may have killed the spirit of my own process. It turned me off. I couldn't even complete a single page without deleting everything. So, I failed that goal.
But, what other goals did I reach in the Fall of 2015? I ran several 10ks (probably a stress release for me for not writing my first draft) and am on a 2x5k per week running schedule, even in the cold. I wrote several short stories that I've submitted to publications and competitions. I've received a ton of tremendous feedback on a couple of the stories from beta readers. I participated in NANO, and though I didn't finish in November I finally finished it in December. I created a thriller on Wattpad and added a few stories to my Isabel & Leo collection, a collection of short stories of a couple's everyday life.
Realizing my accomplishments made my failure seem a lot less excruciating. Don't overlook your other successes, they take time and effort like anything else.
And, sometimes failures are just temporary setbacks. I was so miserable during the Christmas vacation, about not writing the first draft, that I failed to see the solution to my problem. That's right - I chucked the outline and started fresh. This week, I wrote the first two chapters from the heart, no script. The story is already rocking my world!
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