…but the novel isn’t.
I face this same scenario, year after year (I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo since 2005); I reach 50k, but that’s usually less than half the actual novel, given the arc and what I’ve written. This year was no different. I know I’m probably at the 1/3 mark, but this year, not only is it not even close to done, but lots of other issues popped up.
Issue 1: The first 10k or so need to be cut completely. I hit a certain point and went, ‘hey, this is where my novel should start!’. Not a big issue, but definitely a nuisance.
Issue 2: There’s an underlying plotline begging to be written. I wanted to avoid writing it, dammit, but I’ve found that trying to write around it has actually brought me to several dead ends with the main plot. Sigh. This also means lots of editing of what’s already written to fit it in; it completely changes certain things, which means some of the stuff I’ve written will have to cut en masse.
Issue 3: Morally ambiguous sex scenes. This is what I get for not outlining.
Issue 4,5 & the rest: Mostly as a result of not outlining, I’ve got a lot of vague things floating in this story. I’m debating going back and outlining, but I’m procrastinating.
So nothing in this story is getting written right now. Argh. I may just let it all percolate and either a) finish an earlier NaNo or b) actually work on one of the zillions of ideas floating in my head. Which means outlining.