As I type this blog entry, I sit at just over 27k for my NaNoWriMo word count. I'm almost 10k behind where my NaNo stats tell me I should be. I'm not really down about that at all, don't get me wrong - I have plenty of story left to tell and a lot of time coming up at the end of the week to do it.
But that's part of the issue, is finding time to write. I want to get up to 30k by the end of today, but where am I going to fit that in? I write at lunch while I'm at work, but I can only usually get just under 1000 words done. I write after I get home from work, if I can fit some time in between grocery shopping. Sometimes I just can't fit it in.
That's where my struggle is going to be for the next 8 days; I'm going to need to make a better effort to get this thing written and finished. While I have a half day of work on Thursday and a day off on Friday, and will take full advantage of that free time to get some work done, that doesn't mean I have a free pass to slack off before that.
It's going to take a lot of balancing, and maybe some late / early hours, but I have to do my best to reach 50k because if I don't at least try, then it's not really worth it.
As a side note: I had small ideas prickling in my head that maybe this story I'm working on would be best condensed to a short story as part of a compilation of various stories about a time travelling pocket watch. While I'm going to finish the story at hand, I will assess that possibility when I read over my story as a whole during the editing process.
EDIT: My side note also means that if I run out of story before 50k I will just start a new story and I feel that would not count as "cheating".