Instead of talking about how to maximize your word count, today I’m going to encourage you to take the time to meet with your local NaNo group. No one is going to understand the elation and frustration that is NaNoWriMo better than your local group of NaNo participants.
I am the type of writer who thrives in a silent environment. Music does not help me, since I listen to the lyrics and consider drama possibilities to the good ones. Such thoughts to do not help me write.
Write-ins, times for local NaNo participants to meet together and write, are rarely quiet. The constant tapping of keys is overlapped by laughter, random questions, word count updates, and inside jokes. Though I would get more writing done at home, I rarely miss a write-in. There’s something almost magical about meeting with other writers.
I know I’m wired differently than most people. But when I’m with my writing group, I feel normal. These are my kind of people. I am not the only one who will stay up until midnight just to finish a scene. I’m not the only one walking around with a laptop or a wire bound notebook. I’m not the only one frantically racing against the clock.
Knowing I’m not alone in my struggles helps tremendously in the long run. Go to a local write-in. Have fun. Meet people. Laugh. Oh yeah, and write. We get that done at write-ins, too. Eventually.