There's a section of the NaNoWriMo forums titled "This is Going Better Than I'd Hoped," a place for people to crow about their (often unexpected) success in this crazy 30-day project. And I hate to say it without jinxing anything, but that's how I feel right now.
I admit, I felt a little guilty at first for participating this year. I have a novel I'm trying to finish, and to completely ditch it to write something new felt like stalling. I should know, because I do plenty of that. But I started writing something completely different - something just for me, without any kind of publication aspirations - and I've been typing like crazy. I realized on day 2 or so that this was just what I needed. I hadn't "just written" in a long time. The past six months or so I've been working on The Main WIP, which was a NaNovel I wrote in 2009, adding bits, taking bits out, and generally turning it into a readable first draft. But I had hit a bit of a wall lately, and it hit me that my stalling point was at a section that had to be created out of whole cloth. It had been outlined, but none of it had gone down on paper yet. And I hadn't "just written" in a long time. The Inner Editor had come back and set up camp, and I'd forgotten how to just slam words onto paper and edit later.
So, only 5 days in, I'm calling this a success. Not just for the month - even though I've got a good cushion on my word count and I really think I'm going to win this thing - but for my writing in general. Come December 1, I'm going to jump back into The Main WIP and finish it. I'm pumped now.
But first, back to Cheesy Russian Rockstar Romance. Because for 25 more days, that's my focus. Even if it never sees the light of day.