This is a little public service announcement for everyone out there who is doing NaNoWriMo:
Be kind to yourself.
If you don't hit those word counts each day, please don't let it be one more thing to beat yourself up about. NaNoWriMo is supposed to be fun. It should help you develop the habit of writing. It shouldn't be another source of stress and anxiety.
I say this because I'm going through a very hard time at the moment. I'll be fine, it's not the end of the world, but I started to feel bad that my personal issues were causing me to fall behind on my NaNoWriMo word count. All I wanted to do yesterday was clean the house (i.e. bring some order and control back into my life) and watch I, Claudius, and I was feeling guilty about that. I felt lazy for not wanting to write.
But you know what? My well-being is more important than word counts. I can take a day off if that's what I really need to feel better. And relaxing did help me feel better. Then this morning, I sat back down to write and 1800 words poured out like they were nothing at all. That was a nice reminder that life goes on and however I might feel right now, I still have the capacity and drive to write.
Anyway I just think it's important to be attuned to those needs; one day you might be to sit and listen to a good story, and the next day it may be to write the story yourself. It's fine. Be kind to yourself. NaNoWriMo is just a game. It's ok.