I don't believe that there is some fault with the whole write 50k-words-in-30-days system. While I do succeed in getting 50k words out there, after about day 20, I seem to just lose faith in what I am writing. Either it's because I started with the wrong story, because I don't know how to end the right story or because Jennifer ignores all of her prior planning and goes to lala land.
So this year there needs to be some rules.
- Absolutely, positively no reading of any kind during nano. No books. No blogs. No twitter. There's no better way to get out of the zone than other writers.
- Prep work is essential. It will be done by hand because blisters from writing with hard pens are good reminders to stay on task. Writing blisters mean that if you don't finish your work, an elderly 1st grade teacher will find you and feed you to her cats. Jennifer will use this site to prepare: http://tamimoore.com/2010/the-official-nanowrimo-2010-preparation-list/
- There will be no Travian until at least 2k words are written for the day.
- Work will not stop on the Nanonovel until the story is done, regardless of word count. Thus, total word count will only be taken once a week. Because real writers should care more about the story than the word count.
That is all. You may disperse.