Yes, it's hard. Yes, I do panic every time I write 100 words and nothing more for 3 hours. Yes, I see this sucking a lot of my sanity over the coming month.
BUT! But but but... What I never expected was how my random ideas are just lining themselves up. They're actually making a narrative!
I did half expect 50000 words of unchained events. But I was wrong. There, I said it. This NaNoWriMo madness has actually taught me more about myself and my writing than I've ever known before.
I am totally, and seemingly unavoidably, succeptable to the "tense trap". Countless times I've read a sentence back and gone "err, hang on a moment!" and had to make a quick edit.
Also, I'm an absolute control freak. I'm pretty sure the point of 50000 words in a month is solely aimed at people like me. You have to forget good form, good lyricality (is that a word?) and good flow. You just have to get your ideas down and leave it at that. And damn, do I hate it! But look at what I have for it: 4118 words of A BOOK! (currently.) And that's pretty awesome.
Did you know I liked the name Victoria? Nor did I til I started writing for NaNoWriMo... I can no longer faff with things like naming a character. This is a good thing.
Finally, I have learnt I can write. That years of office work has not dulled my ability to do it. Whether I'm a good writer, well, that's not up to me ;) but I do have the ability to put cohesive words on paper/MS Word and enjoy it. That's the most important thing of all.
Now, onto the next 45000!
My progress in pics: