Grueling describes the effort of my second week of NaNoWriMo. I missed a day of writing last week. Believe me, it is tough to try to make up 1667 words the next week. No matter how prepared you think you are before you start, pacing is key in achieving your goal of 50,000. I know people who have already written more than 30,000 words by the end of the first week. I don't know their strategy, but either they live alone, are unemployed, don't sleep, or have someone come in to cook for them. I cancelled much of life during the month of November, but 30,000 to 40,000 words in two weeks is beyond my scope. Master WriMos please tell me your secret in my comment section.
Then there is the fear of your plot running a muck. I outlined my idea. Started writing my story and somewhere near the end of the first week the main character (MC) does something that throws my original outline askew. To make matters worse, the MC goes off the rails in the second week. Then out of nowhere a supporting character decides to use an alias. Doubts begin to creep in and rattle my psyche. Do I have a plot? Is this a viable story? Should I forget this ideas and quit.
Did I say QUIT? Okay, make a natural disaster happen. Add an obnoxious neighbor who happens to be a key gatekeeper in the MC's life. Maybe, just maybe, I can save this draft.