I did some research before I started NaNoWriMo. Not too much, just enough to get the general idea of how it works and a glimpse of what I could expect. I bought the book, "No Plot? No Problem!" I explored the website a little. It looked like zany fun.
One feature that caught my eye was that the veterans were giving me license to drink all the coffee and booze I want to as noveling fuel. I love coffee (and hard liquor [and good beer]) so I was kind of excited to experiment with potentially performance enhancing chemicals.
I know myself though. I know that in fact I have a low threshold for where caffein or alcohol go from help to hindrance. I thought that really I'd just up my chocolate/Nutella intake and that those would be the real fuel for my novel (my novel's working title is "Chocolate Kick")
I knew I wouldn't go nuts with chemicals but I did try to push my normal limits. It turns out that extra chemicals haven't been helpful at all.
It turns out that when I drink more coffee than usual I get spazzier than usual. I drop things and bump into things and send small objects (like cutlery, writing implements, cell phones, Fay) flying across the room. If there is any mental benefit - and I don't know that there is - the physical inconveniences outweigh it.
When I tried getting drunk and writing, well, first of all I didn't get drunk. I guess my heart wasn't in it. I just got tipsy. More importantly I couldn't think of words. I knew what I wanted to say but the words hid in my mind and refused to present themselves. Definitely an impediment.
As for chocolate, I did eat a lot of Nutella the first week. I also crashed a lot. (Nutella is not chocolate. I know that. I have an excellent chocolate shop near me. I haven't had time to go there yet. I think I can go sometime this upcoming week and then I can test out real chocolate.) Crashing isn't helpful either.
I think the bottom line is I'm better off if I just stick to my normal eating and drinking habits. So boring. Eat right, exercise regularly, don't overindulge. YAAAAAAWWWWWN!
It's so dull to be mild-mannered. And yet that's what I am and that's what seems to work for me. So frustrating. Life can be so disappointing sometimes.
So I have been experimenting. I love to experiment because I live for the unexpected and I have such high hopes of encountering exciting new things. Instead I've been confirming conventional wisdom. Oh well.