Getting Behind and Catching UP

I had been working really hard, getting words down, progressing, and really telling the story I want to tell for A Borrowed Life.

My husband had been gone for two weeks, I used that first weekend to really kick it into gear! I was ahead! I was coasting through my first NaNoWriMo, wondering how anyone could NOT win this thing!

Then lovey hubby got home, and Saturday I only wrote around 900 words. 

Then Sunday I wrote none!

Monday I had to go out of town. A family member is going through a divorce, and had a court date. I really wanted to be there for them, and frankly it was more important than writing any book. 

Tuesday I headed home after the hearing, and went to see Cyndi Lauper with a friend! It was an excellent show, and I can't believe that woman is 60... SIXTY!! But, again, there were no words written because by the time I got home I was just slap worn out.

I promised myself that today I would begin the process of catching up. Now, I'm behind, but not by much.

And I know I can't catch up in one day. Expecting that is just planning for failure.

So my plan now is just to write as much as I can, with a goal of writing at least 2000 words a day during the week. I'm coming up to a part of the story that I have outlined really well, so it won't be difficult to pour out the story there. Today I wrote 2,330 words, and now have a total of 21,371, with a words per day expectation of 1684, which is just over the NaNo minimum.

What do you do when you're falling behind in a project? I think it's important to make a goal and a plan, and stick to it. But be careful not to stress and spend more time worrying about the problem.

I hope everyone is having a great month, and I can't wait to read tons of NaNo novels next year!