Another year, another NaNo.
Are you participating this year? What's your project about?
I, myself, am not participating this time around, which breaks a 5 year tradition. Sadly I just don't have the time to stress about writing this month. That doesn't mean I'm not going to be writing, I just don't have enough energy to spend thinking about the word count.
The working title of it is "Project Black" and it's a supernatural romance and mystery novel centered around characters based on mythologies from around the world. Just for clarities sake: not actual mythological characters like Zeus and Kali, but rather werewolves, sirens, witches, and so on. It's the first story containing romance I'll write so it's quite a challenge.
As a veteran of NaNo, here are some tips for the month:
1. Save your work frequently and back it up in at least 2 different places. Seriously. I lost 30k words of Sword of Dalkor because some backup issues. Don't be me. Be smart.
2. Missing a day is okay. Don't give all your writing energy to November. Remember, if you want to be an author you'll have to keep writing outside of November as well and burning yourself out won't help anything.
3. Your fellow writers are your companions, not your competition. Lifting each other up is the way to go, not tearing each other down. There are enough readers for all of us.
4. Take the opportunity to make lasting friendships. You'll be happy to have them in the future, when you either need writer-support or when you're further along with your writing career and they are as well.
I don't really have anything else to say. I'm sure you've heard every suggestion there is about stocking up on coffee and tea and chocolate, and clearing your schedule as much as possible, and so on. I'll let others go with that info this year ;)
Bottom line: make sure you're having fun, curb your inner editor and critic, and get writing.