2. Taking a day off (Sundays) really helped me see my story clearly, and gave me a break so I came back stronger each Monday.
3. My Crit Group were wonderful supporters-we became a much more positive, cohesive group during Nano. Instead of tearing down each other's writing we were each others cheerleaders-rejoicing in each day's success. We emailed our daily word count and our last line to each other--I blamed my boring last lines to new babyhood and wondered (secretly) if my crit partners were stopping on super cool lines.
4. My husband thought I was crazy for the entire month. "You're not getting enough sleep, the house is a disaster, I'm cooking all the meals, and you're writing AGAIN."
5. When I'm writing for word count I overwrite big time. On my first read through I cut out 7,000 words.
6. It took my almost 2 years to complete the 1st draft of my 1st novel. Writing a complete draft in a month (with new baby) I felt like a superhero.
7. I want to do NaNoWriMo every year--to be part of something so big, to be able to write crap and still feel successful-I loved it.