I'm about about 13,000 words. Should be more like 20,000. I'm disappointed that I probably won't make the 50k mark by the end of the month, but shooting for 1,600 words a day is enabling me to write 1,000 words or more most days and if I can train myself to do that regularly I will be very happy.
I'm not sure I have the constitution for Nano. Spilling words with no thought, even in a 1st draft, makes me anxious. I want to feel like I have some idea about what I'm writing. And while I'm not editing, I do go back and add and make changes. But making an existing sentence or scene better is too satisfying to turn away from...even if it means I'm falling behind schedule.
Don't get me wrong. My 10k words are still part of a big, messy draft with lots of notes to self and unfinished thoughts and scenes and huge questions unanswered (like I'm not sure how old my MC is). And I'm still trying to keep my mind more focused on going forward rather than tidying up. But it's hard! I'm really starting to like my characters and this story and have hopes for its publication.
Writers, if you're doing Nano, what's your challenge? Or what's your challenge on a first draft?