Just a quick update this morning.
I've learned I can NOT write in a group. I'm always open to meeting other writers, so last Sunday I went to a NaNo write in at the library. The group was small, and they weren't very noisy. But just the presence of other people, not to mention the whispered conversations of two of them who were collaborating on a novel, was enough disruption to keep me from being immersed in my own story. I'm probably going to have to trash--or at least seriously rewrite--every single word I typed there.
I also learned that writing more equals writing better. Of course, I've learned that before, but it's easy to forget. With writing regularly, exercising my writer brain if you will, I go from writing flat words to having poetic little phrases just pop into my head. I love when this happens.
I've learned there's a limit to how many words I can write in a day. For me, this lies somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 words. Writing is very hard work for an activity that consists primarily of sitting in a chair and typing, with brief periods of staring out the window. It's as if my brain has a reservoir of words and once I empty that reservoir in a writing session, it needs a day (or, most likely, a night) to recharge. As a result, when there are interruptions to my writing schedule--and there are always interruptions!--I struggle to catch up.
However, I am happy to report that I am on target to meet 50,000 words by the end of November.