Instead of bemoaning the fact I won't finish this book by November 30, I have decided to focus on adding words at a reasonable pace for me until it's done and then continuing to build my daily writing habit by writing another book. I am practicing. This whole challenge has been about getting into the habit of practicing my writing craft and improving by just simply writing.
Though I won't finish this year, I will have my best final total since I started participating in NaNoWriMo. That's an accomplishment as far as I'm concerned. I know that I will have other opportunities to try again next November and in other challenges before that month.
So to all of you who don't think you're going to hit 50,000 words by the end of this month I say this: Don't worry about it. Did you have fun writing? Will you keep going even if it means writing into December so you do finish your books? If yes, then that's great.
Just keep writing. I know I will.