Do the week 2 blues have more to do with where we are in our drafts or is it just the experience of coming down from the excitement and enthusiasm of week 1?
My inability to make an significant progress while still experiencing the week 2 blues seems to suggest the latter rather than the former. I’m nowhere near the middle of my story. If I was on track, I’d be around the halfway point right now. I’m still clawing my way to 25%.
It would be so easy to give up right now. I’m so far behind. This isn’t a situation that one day of extra work can fix. I need to completely turn around the sort of progress I’ve been making every single day so far. I need to consistently out perform the 1,667 daily goal instead of regularly falling short of the target. Doing that won’t be easy, but I’m going to do my best.
I’m going to keep stumbling along the way. I’ve done NaNoWriMo every November since 2006 and I can’t remember a single year I was on track or ahead of schedule for all or even most of the month. However, I’ve won many times. I’m capable of completely buckling down and writing astronomical amounts of words in a short span of time. Some years I can’t pull it off, but I’ve managed it many times.
Hopefully, if you’re behind like me you aren’t feeling too discouraged. It is possible to catch up. There’s a whole half a month to go. That’s plenty of time and we don’t even have to write the whole 50,000 in those two weeks since we’ve written something during week 1 and week 2. We just have to keep writing and adjust now that we know what works and what doesn’t during this month in particular.
The most important thing at this point in the month is to just keep writing.