Writers: Don’t Quit When You’re Falling Behind

Novelty Revisions

I used to be an “all or nothing” achiever.

This meant that went I went all in on something — such as National Novel Writing Month, for example — I really went all in. And I would do everything I had the time and resources to do in order to make sure that I completed every task, every goal, no matter what.

But this mentality had a darker side. If for whatever reason I could not even come close to meeting a goal I had set for myself — especially if starting was the issue I found myself struggling against — I just quit. I wouldn’t even try. If I couldn’t give 100 percent to the cause, I wasn’t going to give anything at all.

There is a reason I was not a great student. When it came to studying for an exam, I would either abandon all other obligations…

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