Since it's NaNo, I thought about resurrecting my pitfall posts, but I'm kinda past that. If you're interested, go over to my frozen-in-place blog The Unpublished Writers' Guide to Survival - they're all there in links on the left hand side.
This will be my unofficial 6th or so year doing NaNo. It's unofficial because I spent time over here doing it on my own before I actually joined the site, and I've also done the 50K in 30 days thing during other months when my November has been busy.
What I've learned is that NaNo isn't for everyone. I get that. Sustained sprint writing takes a certain kind of masochistic mindset. I put down just over 3K on the first night, and my hands were cramping so bad at the end there I wanted an Aspercreme bath afterwards. But the book is worth it.
Additionally, if you haven't been following The Writing Spectacle in the
past years, I've got a severe case of NaNo brain. (It's like pregnant
brain without the cravings.) All my creative juices are being diverted
to this book, so I'm kinda lame elsewhere. This too shall pass.
I've also learned that you can participate even if you don't have new words to put down. This year, I'm rewriting the beginning of a novel so I can finish writing it. Which means right now, I'm throwing down the words like I'm feeding chickens. (You know, if words were chicken feed.) When I reach the end of the words I already have, I expect I'll slow down a bit. Especially if I haven't figured out the last half of this book before I get there. That'll totally suck.
Anyway, if you're in this, you have my empathy. If not, I need your understanding for the next month or so. I might not be here. I might be here but not HERE, if you catch my drift. And some of the things that come out of my fingers might be totally off the wall. (Okay, maybe that last part isn't so unusual.)
Thanks for your support. Have an awesome day.