Lessons drawn from sixteen days' experience as a high-speed novelist:
- Try, if at all possible, to save the creepy parts of your novel to be written in the daylight and with other people around.
- Treats are a great motivator. One night at least, I have made my word count goal only by bribing myself with a bag of GORP with M&Ms.
- Not sure which NaNo staffperson first said it, but they were right: It's very important to tell everyone you know that you're taking part in NaNoWriMo. Knowing that your entire acquaintance will hear about it if you succeed or fail is a powerful motivator.
- Whenever possible, it helps to end a day's writing time in a place that makes going on sound fun.
- Procrastination opportunities abound and must be battled with every available force. Most of the time.
- Got a 12-hour plane ride? Use it. Who really wants to watch in-flight movies anyway?
- Make yourself a banner or cover art, even if you don't share it on your profile. I made myself a banner using some stock photos I found online, and I look at it when I want a kick of motivation.
- Stocking up on coffee is apparently traditional WriMo technique, but overdoing it is counterproductive: coffee jitters make typing and thinking unnecessarily difficult.
- The forums are a lot of extremely distracting fun, when read wisely.
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