The whole idea of National Novel Writing Month is to write recklessly and with abandon, churning out a whitewater rapids of words; so that when you reach the end of November you have A) more words in one piece than you've had before, and B) something to start rewrites on with the goal of eventually honing a novel out of the midst of it.
This can be a good thing if you are a "slush" writer, one who writes junk and then sifts it for the good things. But if you're a more "only good things, though slowly" kind of writer, getting that kind of volume actually messes up your creative potential.
I've run across many people who say that writing total drivel en masse in the hopes of cleaning up later and finding something good... doesn't work for them.
This is a good point.
I, too, found that sheer quantity isn't useful... (or
hard, for me; quality is what makes me sweat! ) so I limit myself to
only writing keeping-worthy words.
Yes, I know how that sounds!
But here's how it
works: I do not have a daily goal, just a monthly one.
I try to focus on
coming up with some really good chunks of time to write great ideas
before they dissipate, and go for 2,000-5/6000 per inspiration. For November I put writing first, and squirrel away from other "entertainments".
end of the month my creativity is flagging, but I push for a few more
sprints on scenes I already know need written, and I have always
finished over goal. Usually, I don't stop just 'cause I've reached 50k,
but kind of coast on til the end; and then give myself a writing free
month of December!
(I don't take it, but it's a nice feeling for a few
days to just be like "No Writing! No writing anywhere!!")
What do you think? Does wildly NaNoing sound like it'd work for you?