Since I told everyone I was going to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, I decided to talk about the experience. This was my first time. Am I glad I did it? Yes. Was it what I expected it to be? No.
I was super excited about joining NaNo because writing is a lonely job. To me it sounded awesome that I would be writing at the same time as thousands of other writers, all working towards the same goal: 50,000 words in a month. I met some new people, added some writing buddies, and used the forums. But when it came down to the actual writing, things got quiet. I didn't have time for forums or communicating with my writing buddies. It was time to dig in and write. So not much changed for me.
I did, however, discover that having an extensive outline, bios, etc. helps. I'm going to try to be just as organized in the future for other books. BAIT is not finished yet. I have about 65,000 words now, but it is just a little over halfway done. Still a lot of writing to do. Then comes revising, editing, and so on. This book won't be available at least until March, probably not till April or May.
Will I do this again next November? I think so. It was a positive experience for the most part, and I do have a halfway finished book now.