It's Day 6, and I'm doing acceptably. I'm not where I should be, but I'm not too far behind. Here's the latest graph of my accomplishments in NaNoWriMo so far.
Yesterday was the first day that I made both my per Day and Scaled per Day goals. The per Day goal is always 1,667 words per day, which is 50,000 words divided by 30 days rounded up. This means that yesterday is the only day that I've been on track towards the goal of 50,000 words by November 30th. I'll have to make more time to write if I plan to win NaNoWriMo this year.
You'll notice that the Scaled per Day line curves upward. This is because the curve assumes that I write nothing over the course of the month. So if I took the rest of my time off from writing until November 15th, on that day, and every day after that until the 30th, I'd have to write 2785 words per day to win NaNoWriMo.
I really love graphs. And math. I've been a big nerd my whole life, and I'm not ashamed of it. In fact, I'm gonna show you my current overall graph:
This is the same idea, but using overall word count data rather than daily word count data. The Goal by Day is where I should be if I had successfully written 1,667 words per day, every single day. By midnight tonight, I should have broken the 10,000-word mark. More likely, I won't be there just yet. I would at least try to have my Scaled Goal by Day met by tonight: 6,904 words. Slow and easy wins this race, and I know that I don't have to kill myself to win NaNoWriMo. I only have to commit myself to having more productive days than not.
Being a writer is a matter of writing everyday, no matter what the subject matter. That's the lesson that I have found it hardest to learn, but it's the most important one.