Now this is a biggie! I know it may seem obvious, but the #1 best way to win NaNoWriMo is to not quit!
So many thousands of people drop out after the first 4 or 5 days. They just quit.
You can't win if you quit. Even if you don't make it to 50,000 words (and more than half the folks who enter don't!) you have the satisfaction of saying: "I made it to the end - I didn't quit!"
When you get right down to it, no one really cares if you wrote 50,000 words or not, because every one is too busy chatting on the forums about everything under the sun with their new found fellow novelist friends. It's more important to stay with the group and have fun, than it is to stress yourself out to win. Always remember, that not reaching 50k is not the end of the world, and you have all year to finish your novel no matter how many words you wrote in November.
No, you have NOT reached the end of this article! What you have reached is the end of what it currently online. The rest is coming, hopefully it'll be on here in a day or three so keep checking back. I will remove this message at the same time I put the rest of it online.
As my long time readers will already
know a server crash took down most of the old free-hosted site on June
4, 2013 (which was online since 1997 and had reached 6,000+ pages).
Thankfully everything was saved on a separate hard-drive and the site is
being rebuilt with a new host and for the first time on it's own
I am currently moving all 6,000 questions&answer articles to this site one page at a time, at a rate of about 4 to 7 new pages being added each day, so be patient. Not all links are yet clickable. This process started on September 2, 2013 and will be ongoing at least through to January 2014. (And it may be well into 2017 before all 6,000 pages will be back online if I continue at this rate of 5 a day.)