13,500 words and five chapters down. Steady as she goes.
The trick to nanowrimo, I think, is to think up a 50,000 word story a few weeks before it begins. My usual problem is my novels want to be 400,000+ words and it’s like climbing a mountain that keeps growing. The small story and quick deadlines are helping me keep things under control.
For me, the main thing nanowrimo provides is structure. I can easily write 2500 quality words a day without much trouble except that I too often don’t. My writing flourishes under the gun. Even a made-up no-consequence deadline like nanowrimo can push me into poetic action.
I get up in the morning and get my writing done. Then I spend the rest of the day filling up the next chapter with ideas and phrases.
And I love having a kinda dumb narrator – I can say anything any way I want even if it’s stupid and makes no sense. Blame the narrator!