Here's my little secret: I don't know if I'm behind or not.
I'm pretty OCD about numbers and I love spreadsheets, but for NaNoWriMo I decided to try and channel my inner free spirit (it's in there somewhere, I'm sure). I've sent my internal editor on a vacation, and the part of me tied to numbers has also been gagged and shoved in a closet. The idea is that I'll just enjoy the writing and not worry about the numbers.
Since I do have to have some sort of goal, I counted the days in November that I could theoretically write - not Sundays because I take that day off. Then I took 50,000 words and divided it by those days. I figured that I'll be good if I write about 2050 words a day, and so far I'm doing okay with that.
Still, the OCD Number Jaime bangs on the closet door whenever I read stuff like "Should be to 12,500 by the end of the day!" from other people. Then I start to think, perhaps I should subtract Thanksgiving, since I probably won't be able to write a lot then unless I do it at 3 a.m. Maybe I should figure out what my word count should be by the end of this week, and the end of next week, and then I could make a spreadsheet. Oooo, what about a graph? I could color-code it and...
Back in the closet! *shoving her in and slamming the door*
I'm breaking free from the number chains!
Who wants to join me?
For a good laugh, check out InkyGirl's NaNo comic for the day.