I DID IT. That's right, folks. I got all caught up after last weekend! I wrote over 5,000 words last Sunday and it was glorious.
Unfortunately, it didn't last long. Long story short: uteruses (uteri?) are evil and I'm now several thousand words behind. But at least I hit 20,000 before the end of the week!
That said, I'm really excited because, so far, things are going pretty smoothly. I've never done this much planning for a novel before (says the girl who's only written one before this) and I managed to hit that sweet spot between not enough information and too much information.
I do have to laugh, though. My two main characters and a couple secondary characters aside, I have no idea what anybody looks like. So far, based on what I've written, nobody has any kind of eye color, hair color, or anything like that. One woman has salt and pepper braids. A man is bald. This is all I have. I fully intend to layer in descriptions in the editing rounds, but yikes. Having so little description is kinda frightening.
And you know what? It's kind of freeing. I'm not getting all bogged down by details or things that don't necessarily matter to the plot, and I'm just writing. My fingers are racing away on my keyboard, pausing only when I have to pick out a name from the list I'd prepared beforehand or when I'm trying to figure out a word. It's absolute bliss, y'all.
Word count wise, I'm aiming for 100,000-120,000 for my first draft, knowing that I'll likely be cutting a hefty amount, streamlining my prose, chipping away my crutch words, etc. in later edits. Knowing that, though, is kind of scary because it means that when I reach 25,000 in a few days (I hope haha [craaaaap]), I'll be a solid quarter of the way into my novel after only a handful of days.
I HAVE NEVER WRITTEN ANYTHING THIS FAST IN MY WHOLE LIFE.
I'm already having all these horrible thoughts, but they're completely unfounded because I know I'll be going back through later and editing like hell. Still, I'm having them. And I can't stop them. They're really starting to piss me off, too, but I can't figure out how to shut them the hell off. Ugh. It's annoying.
So yeah. That's what week 2 of NaNo is looking like for me.
Good luck, and may the words flow freely!