I’m now a little over one half done with NaNoWriMo, and I’ve reached the 25,000 word mark or about half way to the goal of 50,000. I did have a head start, which shows in the fact that I have not averaged anywhere near enough words for hitting 25,000. I’ve averaged about 1,117 words, nearly double my goal of 600 words, but still around 500 less than that 1,667 called for by the NaNoWriMo official goal.
My new goal is to hit 40,000 words by the end of the month which will require an average of 1,000 words. This is the minimum number of words required to be a “novel.”
I’ve already mentioned some of my qualms about the whole NaNoWriMo thing — sentiments echoed by my wife — about quality over quantity. I thought I was well prepared for NaNoWriMo, having started the work and made a complete outline ahead of time. If I could start over again, I would have done more pre-work.
For instance, I’m trying to write a bit of a coming of age story, but while I did outline my plot I didn’t outline my character development. When I go to revise, I’ll create a new outline of my primary character’s development.
I also have been struggling with the number of characters I’ve created. I especially regret giving them all different accents! I’ve basically ended up writing one character with his accent and writing the rest of them in standard prose. I’ll have to fix that later.
Speaking of characters, I really need to write some short character explications to work off of. I only believe about half of them.
I suppose the question I have with 15 days left in NaNoWriMo is: Was it easier to hammer out the storyline and fix it or write it as well as I possibly can on the first pass? Is NaNoWriMo a worthwhile discipline?