While working on my next book, I was feeling anxious for the past few days. Despite having a clear outline, I was procrastinating. The thoughts that frequently passed my mind were like it’s useless, why am I even doing it, what am I going to achieve and the worst one was that I sensed I was heading nowhere.
This morning, I was scrolling through the social media when I came across a few gratitude quotes and one of them mentioned, to look back from where you started. At that time, I decided to sit and list down a few good things that happened to me in 2021 and this activity was the best thing I did for myself. It has pumped in and filled up the enthusiasm that I was lacking. I was worried about now but when I watched through the last 12 months I realized, I have come a long way and if I could make it through these, I can achieve a lot more in future.
So here I am, sharing 12 of my significant achievements from this year –
- Debut humour novella ‘It’s Punny Oops I, mean Funny’ published by Kiwi Books India.
- ‘Keen Little Kuku – Alphabet Story Book’; a storybook for early readers and pre-schoolers published by Target Publications.
- Horror comedy novella ‘Who Ate Our Food?’ published by Ukiyoto Publishers.
- The short story ‘Happily Technically, Ever After’ sequel to the debut novella published by Kiwi Books India.
- Got verified blue tick on Twitter profile @namitadas21
- Also, got verified on Google and the knowledge panel claimed.
- Participated in YathaKatha Litfest, COBWEB Annual Festival, Shelfe Book Festival and Delhi Book Fair; at most places, all copies I sent were sold out.
- Judged a Novel writing competition for StoriesbyCHildren.com for the age group 11-14 years.
- Wrote 12 blog posts (inclusive of short stories and poems.)
- 1 Horror short story (my first attempt in this genre) published in an anthology by Ukiyoto Publishers.
- ‘A Jar Full of Joys’ – a compiled humour anthology with 13 stories published by Inkfeathers Publishing.
- Last but not least, read/ listened to a total of 104 books. (Don’t go bonkers, it includes short ebooks and comics too.)
If you have been feeling the same way I did this morning, then just relax and sit back. Grab a notepad and start jotting down all the good things you remember from the past year. Don’t forget to share the list as well as how you feel about the list.