No wonder when I started getting behind I started getting depressed and thinking that this was the year I wasn't going to even accomplish my goals, rather than exceeding them as I've done in previous years.
It was starting to feel a little bit like the entire world was against me hitting that 320k goal. Up to and including the very novels I was writing, which refused to come in at the total I had budgetted for them. The first one came in at 69,554 instead of the 8k I originally though, and the second is hovering around 30k with only about 5 chapters left to write.
So, on Friday, I was pretty sure that this was going to be a pretty depressing November. When I woke up Saturday I was feeling refreshed and sure that I was going to hit my goals, no matter what it took. I was going to catch up this weekend, even if it meant writing 40k in two days. Today, though, all of that motivation disappeared and I found myself back where I was on Friday.
That was when I realized that I was looking at this nano all wrong. As great as it is to have a goal for word counts for my novels, trying to stick to them and the amount I needed to write each day I was making myself more than a little depressed, and possibly driving myself insane in the process. So I stopped, took a step back (okay, pushed my chair back) and gave myself a little perspective.
It's day 11 and I'm on my second novel of the month. I have four planned out. None of my novels are reaching the word counts I originally thought they would, so rather than trying desperately to stick to those goals, I'm going to throw them out the window and stick to a different goal: Finish my four novels, no matter what word count they end up being.
This could be easier said than done, but I'm actually caught up one where I need to be (if I finish Aliens Stole My Socks tomorrow). So we'll see if I can accomplish this goal without making me hate my life.
Now, I have a room to unpack. My mother is coming to stay with us tomorrow, and she's taking my office, which means I need room in my bedroom to write. Happy novelling!!
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Daily Word Count: 4,972
Total Word Count: 100,847