Good day my friends. I hope that this month you are excited and anxious to write the beginnings of what are sure to be incredible novels. My fellow Avengers have given wonderful advice so far. It is my goal today to expand on small points made by the Hawk Man and Miss Potts. Namely this:
Do not die during NaNoWriMo.
It would be a shame to see a talented writer such as yourself fall when they are so close to victory. Second, while we all love to write, no amount of words is more important than your physical and mental health. Not to mention the relationships you cherish and connections that matter.
First, your physical health. I beg of you to take breaks often. My alter-ego took a writing retreat last weekend and had the option to write for eighteen hours straight. While she did for most of that time, she also made sure to stand, move, eat, and drink. A scene wasn't coming, she went for a walk. Her foot fell asleep, she got up to stretch. She ate regular meals and snacked on healthy (and some not so healthy) foods. While caffeine is your friend, too much of it can harm you. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, movement, and healthy food or your words will not be as lovely as they can be.
Second, your mental health. While outlining helps and preparation is key, you might find yourself lost in your own story at some point. You may become agitated and overly-stressed. If you find yourself in a low place, please do something else. Watch a happy movie. Read an uplifting book. Spend time with people you love. NaNoWriMo is mentally exhaustive. Not only does your body need breaks, but your mind does as well. (I might add, blogging is a nice alternative to manuscript writing, to let your mind focus on something else for a time.)