One of the things I both love and hate about the first draft is how wordy it is. For NaNoWriMo, it’s a blessing because you’re likely adding a bunch of world-building, character-building fluff you’ll wind up cutting out in draft two. That stuff also helps you get to know your characters and world a little better, too, but sometimes I wish I already knew them well enough to get down to the nitty gritty and just write. It’s a double-edged sword, and though I don’t mind wielding it, it does ruffle my feathers a little when I start reading back through all the filler my first drafts contain.
On day two, I went a little farther than I managed to go yesterday (though not a whole lot, really,) racking up 1808 words, and got to know my main character a little better. Right now, she feels like a bit of a brat, so we’ll have to see how that progresses. I don’t want her to be too bratty because who wants their protagonist to be Nellie Olson? I may even write a bit more before all is said and done today, but for now I’m going to take a break, maybe work on some art and get some exercise while I think about how I want to wrangle the chapter I’m currently working on into submission.
All in all, Day Two is a success either way, and I’m still on track, but we’ve got 28 days to so I’m not going to start counting success chickens yet.