Unfortunately, this year I am unable to do NaNoWriMo because I am focusing on another project. But I wanted to give you some personal advice if you are tackling the beast this year.
I have completed NaNoWriMo three times in my life, and the work that I accomplished during those months has now been published into my three different novels. NaNoWriMo is an extremely important tool for writers, and if this is your first time, I applaud you.
The first time completing NaNoWriMo is always the hardest because you don’t know what to expect, and November does have a lot of holiday issues in it. However, my biggest tip to you is to use your writing as a form of escape. The daily page count might seem like a lot, but once you get going it isn’t that bad. Just make sure that you have some form of outline or notes that you want to abide by when completing your novel so that you don’t hit a block.
And most of all, with the election looming, please don’t give up. Completing a novel through NaNoWriMo is one of the most rewarding things, and you will never forget it. Please also know that I am here if any of you need any help at all.