First, a breakdown of my National Novel Writing Month stats: 35,681 words written in total, average of 1,189 per day. I wrote 27/30 days. I managed to finish my first draft of Book 2 this morning, only, shockingly, 3 days late.
My lessons learned:
1. I like making time to write every day. I will keep doing this.
2. I liked having some accountability. I think when I am in writing mode, I will count and publish the number of words I've written that day/week. It's harder to do in revising mode, but if there's big chunk, I'll make sure to count it.
3. The best way to break writer's block is to...write. Some of what I wrote was complete crap, but now I can fix it.
4. November is a bad month to do this, especially this year for me. But I still managed to get it done, so there's that.
Now, a writing update. I spent November working on Book 2. I received the manuscript back from the editor last week and now that NaNoWriMo is over and I have my first draft of Book 2, I will be editing Book 1. I haven't looked at it yet, but from her comments, it won't take long. I should hear back from he two contests I entered by the end of the month. If a traditional publisher doesn't pick it up, I will likely self-publish sometime in January. I will be filing a copyright, designing the cover, and re-formatting it for e-publication.