If at first you don't succeed, lower your expectations!
This modern take on an old proverb seems like a cop-out at first glance, but it contains a germ of truth.
Sometimes we "fail" simply because we set unrealistic goals for how much we're going to accomplish (write two chapters a day) or how fast we're going to get it done (lose 40 pounds this month).
I don't know if my Febo goals were unrealistic or not. But I do know that a lot of stuff came up this month that I wasn't expecting. Sickness. House guests. Family stuff. And exactly why did I invite all those people to dinner next week? :~)
So I've decided that it's better to "lower my expectations" than to quit.
I am reminded of another proverb, this one from the book of Proverbs in the Bible:
Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow. --Prov. 13:11
The writer of this passage was talking about acquiring wealth, but it applies nicely to writing a book too. Brick by brick. Page by page. Day by day. With patience and persistence, little by little adds up to a lot.
There are some expectations I refuse to lower. I don't want to compromise on quality. I don't want to compromise on completing the writing project I'm working on. It may take a little longer than I had hoped, but I'm going to reach the finish line--little by little.
FEBO was never really about seeing how many words we can generate in one marathon month. It's about forming new writing habits for a lifetime.
In the immortal words of Peaches:
I think maybe there's only one rule when it comes to writing--DON'T QUIT!