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    NaNoWriMo first-timer attempt - advice?

    That about sums it up. I've never done the NaNoWriMo before, and I'm still not entirely certain how well I'll be able to commit, but I'm going to give it a whirl anyways. I've already chosen the story I will be writing - a sci-fi about the first AI-installed human who is the puppet ruler to an underground city - and I've set up my account, but I'm not sure of what I'm doing at all. So, therefore, I would love to hear of any tips or tricks you might have learned over your years as a NaNoWriMo veteran so that I can more easily follow the rough-beaten path of the NaNoWriMo.

    So, yeah, any advice for this writing-child?

    ~Myst

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    I haven't participated before, so I can't really help with specific suggestions. I am pretty sure that the biggest tip is to JUST WRITE, and the second biggest is to HAVE FUN. It sounds like you have a cool story idea, so just start cranking it out!
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    The thing is to sit down and write everyday.
    Set a reasonable word per day goal that will allow you to reach the 50K target.
    Look for the NaNoWriMo website and find others in your area. Some people say it helps to encourage others and receive encouragement yourself.
    Still, the most important thing is to write. Don't go overboard editing as you go, that's for later. Just write!
    I did it a couple of years ago and made it a trifle past 50K. It's worth it if you only get a portion of that because it's more than you had when you started.
    Enjoy and happy writing!

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    Don't listen to the editing demons. Just write. Edit later.

    Day one is over and I've met the target, but not by much. Hoping for a more productive day tomorrow.

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    Write. Don't stop until it's done. Don't think or worry about it. Just get your butt in the chair, every day, and write.
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    Butt in seat and write.
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    I'd say get ahead as soon as you can. 1667 words per day will get you there, but 2000+ will give you a nice cushion.

    Also, embrace description. You can always edit info dumps later. For now, they'll help get you where you want to be. (Plus, you never know what gems you'll find amongst the long descriptions.)

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    Relax.

    This isn't life or death. Who cares if you only make 30,000 words? It's 30k more than you had this time last month.

    There are no tips and tricks. Nano is all about having fun and letting go. Why would you want to turn it into something serious? Relax, just write, and stop trying to make it out to be something more than it is.
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    Thanks, everyone! I'm trying to put aside roughly an hour to write each day. By my third day, I had a little bit over 5k words, so I'm feeling positive thus far.

    ...I do have a question though. Is it just me, or is the NaNoWriMo website crashing for anybody else? Whenever I try to input my new word-count, it flips out multiple times before I can get it to work and it's still weird in some places.

    ~Myst

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    No doubt their site is busy this month. I, for one, don't use the site, I just keep my word counts in Microsoft Word for my own volition.
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