So a week in to NaNoWriMo and I’m done. The remaining stories from the Tales of the Thief-City series have first drafts, and it took me just over the 50,000. I do have another unrelated short story I might try and knock into shape and get done this month if I can.
I might leave this as my last NaNoWriMo. I don’t do well with the deadline. I’m borderline OCD for not liking being late, so I rush even more than I normally do with first drafts. And as I allow myself plenty of preparation time beforehand, I usually have a week or two at the end of October where I’m not really doing much but I already have the urge to get on with the writing.
Even more than with other first draft writing I worry that the haste is producing bad work. Yes, it’ll go through a few rounds of revision, but would it require fewer if I spent a little more time on the first draft.
While I use NaNoWriMo to get on with writing certain projects, and assigning a certain time to doing awkward writing can be useful, I may just need to be more efficient with my regular schedule.
Next up is trying to get the outline for this other short into shape, and/or then revising the recent work.