Let me start this post by saying I am a fully-committed NaNo Writer. I love meeitng 20-30 of my fellow cohorts twice a week at Starbucks to hack out some words. I love hearing about their WIP's, watching them flesh out characters, and cheering them on when they hit a wall. What I don't get is Word Wars.
I understand that NaNo is about turning off your inner editor and letting the words pour forth. The goal -- less editing more writing. But see, editing my work as I go is an ingrained process for me, one that allows me to turn out a half-way decent first draft free of hideous grammar mistakes and massive plot inconsistencies. So setting a time clock for 30 minutes and seeing how many words I can spew out seems counterproductive to me. Sure, I can easily hammer out a crappy, 2000 word, mistake-riddled paragraph in thirty minutes. Problem is, I then need to spend the next three hours editing, deleting, and salvaging what I can (which BTW, was exactly 283 words of 1867 last night!) See . . . counterproductive.
So rather then partake in Word War exercises with my local NaNo group, I have decided to employ the same philosophy to NaNo as I do my everyday writing. It is nothing cryptic or insanely complicated. It doesn't involve massive amounts of re-organization or turning off my inner editor. It is a rather simple concept I refer to as Ass in the Chair!
On an average day, in any given month, I write 2,000-3,000 words. On a good day, when the muse is cooperating, it can take me sixty minutes. On less inspiring days, it can take me hours, a lot a coffee, and a fair amount of cursing. But at the end of the day, no matter what muse or demon I am fighting, the writing gets done (and edited as I go!)
So tell me, what is your NaNo process and how does it differ from your everyday writing life?