I am one of those people, but I am even crazier. I haven't plotted much of anything, and I'm SO not ready. BUT I still plan to try again this year!
For those of you trying NaNo for the first time, or even for the millionth time, there are always more tips you can soak up. At least that's how I feel.
This year, not only will I be participating, but Kim and I will be putting together a few blog posts that will help with NaNo during November. Look for them on Wild Things Editing.
*DO NOT edit while you write. Don't do it. Don't even think about it. If you edit while you write you will never hit your goal of 50k (or more).
*This goes along with the first, but let yourself have a shitty first draft. It'll get better with editing, but if it's crap at first, that's okay. Just get through the words and the story.
*Do what works best for you. If you're a plotter get your outline ready. If you're a pantser just let the ideas flow and don't worry about what makes sense till you're editing. But don't force yourself to do any one thing if it's not what you know works best for you
*Set goals and stick them. I've blogged about tracking before here, but if you don't use those resources use something. I create an excel spreadsheet and track there with formulas, but tracking sites work just as well. Set a daily goal and set aside time every day to hit it.
*HAVE FUN! If you aren't having fun you'll never win NaNo... so make it a story you love and dive into it head first!
*Utilize the NaNo website. It's a great resource! http://nanowrimo.org/