What I've learned about myself this November:
- There has to be balance. If I spend all of my time writing, I start getting somewhat cranky.
- I have to pace myself. Better to take 6-8 weeks to do 100k than burn out on week 3.
- Plan, damn it! Plan! My lack of preparation was part of my downfall this year. I didn't think about the characters enough until it was a bit too late. That's what subsequent drafts are for.
- Read AND write. If I don't have words coming in, it's harder to maintain the stream of words coming out.
I'd better get back to my writing. I want to hit 83k before NaNoWriMo officially ends.