I have participated in NaNoWriMo since 2011.
My first year I just wung it and landed up winning, and was very surprised I did. Of course you’ll notice my published works don’t include Scream on the Lake. For several good reasons. No verifiable facts included. I didn’t do a stitch of research. Because my goal wasn’t to publish it.
Which is good, because if I edited out all the bad patches, and inaccurate information the 50k would be whittled down to a short—a holey short at that.
What’s the point?
The point is we all decide to do NaNo for different reasons. Some of us want to start the habit of writing every day. Word count might not be the goal so much as the discipline. Others, like me back in 2011, may want to know if they can actually write 50k in 30 days. Some want to finish some work that has been haunting them for months.
Not all of us share the same reason.
Why are you doing NaNo?
So when you decide to do NaNo ask yourself what you want to accomplish. This is the most important part. Because no matter what the word count the success should be defined by you first and NaNo second.
And one other thing to think about. The whole world is doing this. Go in with the attitude that for one month people with the urge to write have united the world. It can be done because we are the proof it’s possible. Kinda cool, huh.
Why do you want to do NaNo this year?