I have never attempted NaNoWriMo. For me, it seems like a one-way ticket to the loony bin. But I decided to try out the camp version, where any word count is acceptable for the month of April. I joined a cabin, and have been happily plowing away toward my 20K goal.
I'm also trying a method I heard of from Susan Dennard, called magical cookie scenes. Where basically, you don't write something unless it has that 'spark'. So far I'm really liking it. There's no boring stretches of 'let me just get through this' just so I can really get to what excites me in the story. Once I'm done, I'll then have lots of moving around and stitching up to do, but I'm excited to see how this all works out for me.
My last book I wrote in a smidge over three months, and I'm hoping to do the same with this one. And because I'm sure that in the coming months my love for this story might dwindle a bit (because writing a book! omg, hard work! not always fun!), here's a love list to remind me of my excitement in the first place.
hot air balloons
lace and sequin dresses
a metal caribou
a metal otter
the name Chessie
public cat fights
(Look, I inadvertently made a neat shape!)
P.S. If you'd like to read a sneak peek of my WiP, go here.