What year(s) did you participate in NaNoWriMo?
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Tell us if you won or not, and what you learned from the experience
Won two years, just past 35k for two others. Careful planning for the commitment is key.
What specific advice do you have for someone attempting NaNoWriMo ?
Start early. Not writing, of course, but thinking about your characters, structure plot and theme. Use a mind map. Draw pictures. Sleep on it. My successful years I started to plan in June. My unsuccessful years I started in October. Also, make absolutely sure your support system is in place. Your family and friends must be there to help you through the month.
In your opinion who do you think is a good fit to do the challenge and who is is *not* for.
The key to any writing. Discipline. You must be able sit down, alone, and write. 1600 words a day is doable, so long as you actually do it.