This is my second NaNoWriMo, and I have fallen in love with it. I hope to do this annually for a while to come. Last year my novel came so easily. I had very little idea of what I was going to write, and almost no expectations for the experience. I attended one write-in, tried to keep to a certain word count per day, and managed to reach the word count a few days early. I even finished the story by the end of the month. It was a novel I was, and still am, proud of.
This year, it's going difficult. I really expected a similar experience to last year with the added delight of a few more write-ins. I still had very little idea of what I was going to write, but figured it would be fantasy, since that was what I wrote last year. However, my characters think it should be something else. I haven't quite figured it out yet and I'm already at 17,389 words. I had hoped that by then, I would have a pretty decent picture of the story. I know my characters, and like them well enough. But for a fantasy novel, there is not one element of traditional fantasy in it. No faeries, unicorns, gryphons, etc. Neither does it really fit as scifi with no detailed descriptions of the tech in the story (even though my MC is a time traveler) and for a while, my MC was trying to convince me he looked like David Tennet (current Dr. Who.)
I have a pitch metting tomorrow, so hopefully I can get some feedback on all of this, but even all I get is a few minutes to vent about what isn't happening verses what is, I think I'll finish novel by the deadline. I at least plan on having the 50,000 words logged in, if not an end to this very strange story.