OK, so not entirely FAIL. But I am behind. VERY behind.
We are at the halfway mark, which means I should have 25,000 words.
I only have 12,708.
Which means, in order to catch up by next Sunday (because there is no way that I am writing 12,300 words in one day - I need to pace myself) - I need to double my word count. That's right, I will need to write 3,334 words per day for the next seven days in order to catch up.
I'm starting to have a panic attack.
So, I will leave you with the following as I ponder my NaNo fate ...
"I believe that the so-called 'writing block' is a product of some kind of disproportion between your standards and your performance ... one should lower his standards until there is no felt threshold to go over in writing. It's easy to write. You just shouldn't have standards that inhibit you from writing ... I can imagine a person beginning to feel he's not able to write up to that standard he imagines the world has set for him. But to me that's surrealistic. The only standard I can rationally have is the standard I'm meeting right now ... You should be more willing to forgive yourself. It doesn't make any difference if you are good or bad today. The assessment of the product is something that happens after you've done it."
-- William Stafford, poet
(This was posted to one of the NaNo message boards by BeeJay. It makes me feel slightly better.)