12 days left to write 24,622 words.
Yes, I'm panicking. Yes, I feel like I should quit. Yes, I think it's almost impossible. Yes, I should be writing right now.
After reading a number of forums and discussions, I noticed that everyone seemed to be dreading Week Two of November. Now I know why.
I wrote around half of the number of words I was supposed to. Now I am way behind. According to other participants who are also undergoing similar difficulties, I have been "Week Two'd"- they make it sound like some sort of a curse, which is exactly what it is.
This is how Lindsey Grant (Program Direct of NaNoWriMo) described it: Week Two has a bad reputation. Heck, we even capitalize it! A couple days ago, I saw that a Wrimo had posted, "I've been Week Two'd" as her Facebook status. Sounds painful doesn't it? For participants everywhere writing a novel this November, this has become the week to survive.
So, did I survive it? In some ways, yes. It's not like I completely stopped writing. In other ways, no, I didn't manage to reach the goals I had set for myself. However, now that we're on to week three, I feel like I've found where this story is going, and I'm ready to get back to writing.
Over-all goal: 50,000
Words so far: 25,378
Words remaining: 24,622
Words I need to write to catch up: 4622