The one thing that always ups my word count is to have an idea of where I'm going. This is how I do it.
Tip #1 Know Where You're Going
I do a one sentence chapter outline. Like this one I did for Ashes Ashes
It's very basic as you can see, just one sentence about the main event that's going to happen in that chapter.
Then, I flesh it out a bit more and write a paragraph about what else is going to happen in that chapter, like this one I did for Ribbon of Darkness.
Once I have those things in place, I can sit down at the computer and flesh it out. I know the main event, I know the supporting incidents and players, and that's what keeps the words flowing onto the page for me. It's a loose and flexible outline, that inevitably changes as I write, but it gives me direction and that's the important thing.
Tip #2 Suppress your inner editor
This is a hard one for me because I itch to go back and edit things and tell myself I'll just smooth it over really quick. But it's like quicksand. If I "smooth over" one thing, then I need to fix another and then I get caught up in editing and don't add to my word count. Don't fall into the trap! You'll have all of December, January, February, however long it takes to edit. Just get the story out right now.
#3 Do word sprints
Word sprints are so motivating to me, that's why I do them on Wednesday nights here on the blog. I block out that one hour to just sit and write, write, write. Checking in every fifteen minutes with my friends pushes me harder and by the end of the hour I have 1000 new words to work with! It's always worth my time to do a word sprint. (And I will be doing them every Wednesday on the blog throughout the month of November.)
#4 Set aside time every day
Even if you can only do half an hour in the morning and half an hour at night, set aside time every day for writing and guard it. Don't let other things take precedence over it and be able to say no to any extra stuff at least for this month. You need that precious writing time and while NaNo takes some planning, you'll be glad you did in the end.
#5 Go take a bath
Take a bath or a long shower, go swimming, or sit by a lake or other body of water. It sounds silly I know, but I read a study once that said whenever you are near water your creative part of the brain is more alert and I believe that's true. (And it might not be, who really knows?) But I get a lot of great ideas for my books while I'm near/in water. Plus, it's relaxing and what writer doesn't need a little relaxation once in a while? (Maybe that's why the creative brain is more alert, because we're relaxed and able to tune in, you know?)
NaNo is always so exciting and stressful, but I know you can do it. If you have any writing tips you'd like to share for NaNo please let me know in the comment trail. I'm sure we can use all the help we can get.
I hope you have a great writing run this month. Go get 'em!