I was curious if there were any more NaNoWriMo-ers about! Hi!
I am participating now as we speak. I'm a bit behind, but I want to try to get 50K or more by the end of the month. I tried a couple times before. Once in 2010 and again in 2012. I dropped out in 2012 due to too much going on in real life, and though I actually reached a little over 50K in 2010, I dropped the story. Wasn't my best, and it went everywhere it wasn't even supposed to. There was honestly no way of saving it.
I wouldn't really be experienced enough to give advice, so all I can really say is... 1) Don't give up, if at all possible, 2) find people to participate with in word wars and sprints, those games are a lot of fun and can boost your story along nicely, and 3) Have fun with it! Don't overthink anything and let that inner-editor of yours be silent. This is a time to just a time to let loose with your writing and not let anything else deter you.
Now, if only I could follow my own advice... I'm pretty much one of those "do as I say, not as I do" people.
As for my own writing, I don't have a routine. Surprisingly, this is the same story I tried to start back in 2012, so thankfully I do have a rough outline for how I want the story to go, who is the bad guy, who is going to die... all that lovely information that just needs to be written out. I'm doing a Mystery/Thriller/Fantasy type story. Likely for Young Adults or Adults. We'll see as the story goes along.
So I want to wish everyone who participates the best of luck! And if anyone would like to attempt my second advice with me, let me know! I'm sure we can find a way to message each other and go from there!