Lani Diane Rich’s first book was written during NaNoWriMo (not completely, of course, she’s good, but a finished-book-in-a-month is not for pros) so it can be very helpful. I plunged into this year’s marathon early, writing a terrible scene that I immediately rejected, reminding myself that what works for some of the people some of the time is not The Only Way To Go. Then I went to the grocery because I had a sudden craving for tomato soup, and on the way the people in that scene started babbling like loons, so today, I’ll be writing the loon version while having some excellent canned tomato bisque for lunch, with the possibility of cheese sandwiches. It’s a plan.
Which is really all NaNoWriMo is: a plan. Well, that and a guilt inducer (you didn’t write 1700 words today? EVERYBODY ELSE DID). So NaNoWriMo (really, who thought that nickname was a good idea?) can be helpful since, eventually, we all have to hit those tomato-stained keys.