This year, I decided to try NaNoWriMo. I did it unofficially (I didn't even sign up at the website). I've never been able to successfully complete it, so I only wanted to see how far I could get.
November is historically a bad month for me, writing-wise. It's usually filled with a lot of school projects (And while I thought I'd be done with college at age 22 or 23, I keep going back for more). It has that late holiday, and is filled with a lot of birthday parties - which is a good thing for having fun, and not such a good thing for writing.
Adding to my stress this month were Real Life Issues at the place we're living ... oh, and the fact that I started working at a new job recently.
So really, I should've known I was lost from the start.
I finally realized that what I'm writing isn't a novel; it's more of a novella or even a long short story. And that's okay. I can finish it up without worrying about it being 50k and go back to working on other stuff.
I have a spreadsheet (made by the brilliant Pat) to set my own goals. Maybe ROW (round of words) is better for me, as it's more flexible. And I'm amazed at everyone who has the dedication and drive to finish NaNoWriMo--maybe next year, with a bit more preparation, I'll be one of them.