Whelp, I did it. 50,000 words in thirty days. Or less than thirty days, if you prefer. Parts of it are quite good, but I think I’ll pare it down and make it into a short story (a long short story, anyway). I was thinking “Hmm, this would be better in short form” around 15,000 words, when I already reached the second part. I had to add at least 10,000 words of filler (mostly dialogue) just to make the fifty K mark.
Still, in all, it was a fun experience. I’m not sure if I’ll do it next year. If I have a good idea, the time and am in the mood to write and not edit, then most definitely. But I didn’t like the deadline so much. I felt parts of On the Other Side were rushed just to meet my internal marker. There were parts I skipped through just to get through instead of taking the time to meditate on them like usual.
I honestly think that when I am in writing mode, I can churn out forty K words a month. It’s about how long it took me to write my last one (almost 80,000 words in two months, not bad). Obviously, speed rarely equals quality. Nothing I turn out is ready to be looked at, rushed through or not.
So, how are your projects (NaNoWriMo or not) going?