...y'know, by this point, I may not actually be exagerrating with "cast of thousands." *facepalm*
However. First day, and I'm nearly at 10k. This is faster than I've ever written before. Less coherent, also, but I don't think I've managed coherent once in my writing career and it would be silly to seriously try for it the first time during NaNo. I decided to stop writing it like a book and write it like fic: all the cool bits first from the character-in-my-head-at-the-time's POV, mostly conversations and flashbacks, and then the stuff in between. It's a lot easier. It will make editing a bitch. But the writing is easier.
*sigh* Quantity, not quality. I am suddenly seized by the irrational desire to actually finish NaNo this year. This cannot end well. Especially since I really only have this weekend and next week to focus on it, then it's back to my regular annual sporadic writing pattern.
Hell, if I get 175 pages done and all the major plot points written... I might actually *get* to edit. I hardly ever get to that stage.
...my head hurts.
Some day there will be twelve-step programs for this.
And then they will come knocking politely at my door and I will hide in my closet with my backups clutched to my chest and an aluminum bat held at the ready.