Well, November 15th has come and gone, and I have written a grand total of 31,050 words so far for NaNo.
I'd be feeling pretty good about that if I had any idea where the next 20,000 words are going to come from.
I made a desperate posting to my writing friends asking how the heck I'm going to figure out the end, and thanks to them at least I figured out why I don't know how it's going to end...I'm not there yet. (And that's good because a 31,050 words does not a novel make.)
I'm not sure I'll ever do this to myself again, so I'm trying to enjoy the process. (Inasmuch as anyone can enjoy pounding out enough words in a single month to bruise their little fingers.)
My dear friend Elana talked a bit in her blog about how she's NaNo-ing in a notebook rather than on the computer. Apparently her obsessive internet-checking behavior has decreased significantly as a result. I would consider trying that if I didn't think the withdrawal might kill me.
I've tried using notecards to lay out plot points for the first time, and I'm finding them really helpful. I was running out, though, so I went to a local Staples to find some more. Only thing was, I only want unlined notecards, and the only way I could get unlined notecards was to buy 500 of them. That's a lot of friggin' notecards.