Form #A30/31/50K. This form, found in Chris Baty's "No Plot? No Problem!", is an acknowledgement that you're about to undertake a gargantuan, perhaps insane task, and that therefore quality is not a concern. It also states you're not to move the deadline. You weren't thinking of doing that, were you? Of course not. Make yourself a copy of the form and sign and date it. Tack it up on the wall where you do most of your writing, so you don't forget your commitment to this crazy damn thing.
Of course both of these things are in fact optional. Personally I like the Inner Editor Kennel idea, but you're under no obligation to sign anything or press any paper buttons. I recommend it, though. It's fun, and it'll help put you in the right frame of mind. I also recommend you grab a copy of "No Plot? No Problem!" from your local library or bookstore. I had one out of the library for at least one of the years I participated in NaNoWriMo before breaking down and shelling out the fifteen bucks at my local bookstore.
Don't forget: you have the power. One day at a time, one scene at a time, one character at a time, one sentence at a time, one word at a time. Let go. Have fun. If you make it to 50,000, fantastic! If you don't, also fantastic. And please, please, please don't worry about making it perfect. It won't be. Even if you took a year off from work to write it, it still wouldn't be perfect. And that's okay.
Before I go off to NaNo land, let me provide you with a list of useful tools and things to help you get through the month:
- National Novel Writing Month official site. Packed with useful, inspirational, fun stuff to help you get through the month!
- Writer: The Internet Writer, an online fullscreen text editor.
- SomaFM, source of great tunes to write by. Groove Salad is my favourite.